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Divide County Authorities on Filter Socks

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A second illegal dump site for oil filter socks in Divide County is apparently connected to the largest such dump site in Noonan.

Oil filter socks contain naturally-occurring radioactivity that exceeds state maximums for disposal in landfills.

Investigators in Crosby say the new dump site - just north of Crosby - appears to have oil waste from the same sources as those found at an abandoned building in Noonan this winter.

The Noonan site was just cleaned up yesterday.

Today, Jennifer Kleen takes us to the new dump site to talk with investigators trying to figure out who's to blame.

The same week clean-up efforts were concluding in Noonan, Divide County Sheriff's Department received an anonymous tip: another filter sock waste site north of Crosby.

(Deputy Zachary Schroeder, Divide County Sheriff's Department) "This is about 30 percent comparable to the one we found in Noonan. It's smaller but still quite a few."

Two piles of filter socks were found in the grass on property formerly occupied by Conservative Trucking which was formerly owned by James Siegrist.

Siegrist was imprisoned last year for illegal possession of a firearm with a felony on his record.

Divide County Deputy Zachary Schroeder led the investigation in Noonan and will again in Crosby.

(Deputy Zachary Schroeder, Divide County Sheriff's Department) "According to the source yesterday that I talked to, they're related."

He says that while yet another illegal filter sock dump site is frustrating, the two within 20 miles of each other provide connections in the case.

(Deputy Zachary Schroeder, Divide County Sheriff's Department) "As far as the oil socks go, they're not traceable. Therefore we have to look for clues that are on scene itself."

He says there's no way of knowing the last disposal time, but he says the matching black bags link the cases.

Schroeder says a greater amount of trash than expected was removed from the Noonan site: 60 cubic yards, or two roll off dumpsters, full of filter socks.

(Deputy Zachary Schroeder, Divide County Sheriff's Department) "Ultimately it does fall back onto the company that's doing the drilling initially."

The State Health Department handled the clean-up and the state covered the initial costs in Noonan.

Clean-up decisions have not yet been made in Crosby.

In Divide County, Jennifer Kleen, KX News.

No charges have been filed in either filter sock disposal case in Divide County.

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