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ND Industrial Commission Rejects Apollo Appeal

The ND Industrial Commission, at a July 18 hearing, flatly rejected an appeal from Apollo Resources to reconsider previous action revoking its permit to operate an oil waste treating plant in McKenzie County.

The commission action in June was triggered by the discovery of waste fluids being dumped off the location. It ordered the company to reclaim the site of the Madison Treating Plant #1 in Sec. 2, T148N-R102W.

In the latest action, the commission said it cannot find any evidence that Apollo ran its operation “without significant environmental impact for the last several decades”.

The company has been cited for several violations, including illegal dumping of drilling fluid materials, some of which drained off the location and into a creek. Inspectors had required temporary perimeter berms to be constructed to contain fluids even before the spill occurred last fall.

Apollo contends that it been cooperative and responsive to the violations, and had cleaned up the disposal site following the spill. The company also questioned the commission’s findings that it has “displayed a pattern of failing to comply with rules, permit conditions, and directives of a regulatory agency”.

Apollo said it responded positively and has made an effort to work with the commission.

The commission said there was no evidence to substantiate allegations from nearby landowners that fluids from the runoff went into Charbonneau Creek and into the Yellowstone River.