If you can believe it, an oil company with pipelines in southwestern North Dakota has been fined for allegedly not knowing where they are, the Fargo Forum reports.
Continental Resources settled for $7,500 without admitting wrongdoing. The fine amount is certain to impress the company’s CEO, Harold Hamm, whose net worth is $10 billion.
The original complaint against the oil company was filed by a Fargo contractor.
“They have little idea of where their lines are at and they literally just take a guess,” said Keith Ernst, who feared that one of his workers might “strike a pressurized air pipeline owned by Continental Resources and be seriously hurt,” according to the Forum.
In North Dakota, don’t bother even knowing where your pipelines are. Just pay $7,500 and you’re good.