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October 08, 2021 - 8:27am | By Kyle Cornell
(Lyon County, MN) -- Two Lyon County men will serve a year of probation and pay over one-million dollars for causing a 2019 oil spill in the Yellow Medicine River.
The U.S. Attorney's office says Eric Weckworth-Pineda and Tanner Sik were convicted of negligent discharge of a pollutant. In 2019, they traveled to a dam near the river, fired shots from an AR-15 rifle and ruptured a pipeline, causing at least 3,906 gallons of diesel fuel to spill into the creek.
The pipeline owner and the EPA pitched in to clean it all up.