Charles Stinson and Ralph Dowell, who work at Logsdon Valley Oil Co. [also known as Hart Petroleum] in Hart County, pleaded guilty Oct. 10 to not owning a permit for transferring fluids across a system of pipes from a tank battery through sinkholes, which is against the Safe Drinking Water Act.
The oil production violations took place from March 13, 2008, to July 18, 2012, the plea agreement stated.
Stinson will be required to document that the oil wells used for the illegal purposes have been stopped and closed to keep ground water from being tainted.
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