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Southlake car salesman-turned-oil-and-gas man indicted on 13
February 16, 2015 – 12:25 pm

Jason Halek (from his website)According to his website, Southlake car salesman-turned-oil-and-gas man Jason Halek’s “ambition is to work diligently to discover more and more truth, and in turn spread that truth to others.” But according to a just-unsealed indictment filed in federal court in Bismarck, North Dakota, Halek’s been anything but truthful about a saltwater disposal well not far from the Canadian border.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office said Monday that the 41-year-old Halek has been indicted on 13 felony counts related to that well, among them five alleged violations of the Safe Drinking Water Act.

The feds allege that Halek and another man, Nathan Garber, injected hydraulic fracturing fluid into the well without the OK of state officials. Says the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Halek and Garber and others injected “saltwater into the well without first having the state of North Dakota witness a test of the well’s integrity” and then kept on injecting the wastewater even after failing a February 2, 2012, pressure test.

Halek, says the U.S. Attorney’s Office, “is also charged under the Safe Drinking Water Act with injecting fluids down the ‘annulus’ or ‘backside’ of the well in violation of the well’s permit, which required that fluids be injected through the tubing. Further, Halek is charged with telling Garber to move a device called a ‘packer’ up the wellbore in violation of the well’s permit, without first getting approval from the state. Then, Garber allegedly gave false information to a state inspector regarding the depth of the packer.”

Those allegations add up to the 13 counts. In September Garber pleaded guilty to multiple felony counts relating to the well, which, he says in court documents, was originally an oil well converted to a saltwater disposal well once it was discovered to be nothing more than a dry hole.

Source: crimeblog.dallasnews.com
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