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County commission to consider crew camp fines

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) -- The Williams County Commission on Tuesday plans to rule on whether to hit an oil services company with nearly $30 million in fines on allegations of a crew camp violating zoning regulations in North Dakota's oil patch.

Western Petroleum LLC representatives were unable to attend last week's meeting and requested that it be moved to Tuesday.

The commission in June said that Western Petroleum had been operating employee housing on a plot of land off Highway 2 without renewing a condition use permit for two years. Commissioners said the company had built unsanctioned buildings, and there is no record of Western Petroleum paying crew fees for the past two years.

An attorney representing the company suggested the fines are egregious.