Company loses oil after drilling in wrong place

Company loses oil after drilling in wrong place
Posted at 12:16 PM, Jan 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-11 14:16:20-05

North Dakota regulators ordered a Denver company to forfeit crude oil that was obtained from an area where it did not hold a lease.

The North Dakota Industrial Commission on Monday ordered Gadeco LLC to forfeit the 800 barrels of oil. Proceeds from the sale of the oil will go into the state's general fund.

State Mineral Resources Director Lynn Helms says the company drilled into an area in Williams County in error. He says the company spent more than $8 million drilling the well, which is now plugged.

Helms says it's the first time such an incident has happened in North Dakota.

Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem called the incident "a pretty expensive lesson.