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Authorities Take Next Steps In Illegal Dumping Incident

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It wasn't the first toxic dump site in North Dakota's oil country, and there's no telling if it will be the last.

Authorities say this site, three miles north of Crosby, where used oil filter socks were dumped, is on land that once belonged to the owner of a trucking company. 

James Siegrist, who once ran Conservative Trucking, is in prison on firearms charges and is no longer the property owner. He lost the land for failing to pay taxes. He also has several prior felony convictions.

"Our next step is to get it cleaned up. And then do what we need to do as far as things go on our end criminally," says Divide County Deputy Zachary Schroeder. 

Shroeder says drilling companies should really know who they're hiring to dispose of the socks, so they don't end up in the wrong place.

The health department is working with the department of mineral resources to see if a fund that oil companies contribute to can be used to pay for the cleanup.
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