- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 29, 2016

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Trial has been moved to 2017 for the onetime operator of a North Dakota oil field well accused in an illegal wastewater dumping case.

Jason Halek, of Southlake, Texas, is facing 13 federal charges, including violating the Safe Drinking Water Act, making false statements and obstructing grand jury proceedings. He has pleaded not guilty.

Authorities say Halek injected saltwater into a disposal well without having state inspectors sign off on the well’s integrity, and continued to inject the fluid after a failed pressure test. Saltwater is a byproduct of oil production and is considered an environmental hazard.

Judge Daniel Hovland on Wednesday moved trial from Oct. 27 to Jan. 10. It is expected to last four weeks.

Defense attorney Alexander Reichert did not respond to an email request for comment.

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