Lyon County Men Who Caused Oil Spill to Pay $1.1M

(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.