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Oil company asks judge to toss criminal charges over spill


HELENA — An oil company should not have been criminally charged for an accidental oil spill in Montana in 2011 that its employees took immediate steps to fix when it was discovered, attorneys for the company said in their request to dismiss the charges.

Federal prosecutors allege FX Drilling Co. and field supervisor Quay Geza Torok failed to clean up the spill after they discovered the leak at an oil field on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation. The mixture of oil and production fluid spread nearly a mile over the next month to a waterway that flows into Cut Bank Creek, according to the indictment.


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