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Montana man sentenced to jail term for mislabeling and falsifying records related to transporting explosive materials

BILLINGS, MT - A Montana trucking company owner received a jail sentence of one year and a day in prison Friday on charges related to a December 2012 explosion at an oil processing plant that injured three employees.

U.S. District Judge Susan Watters ordered Donald Wood, Jr. of Baker and his company, Woody's Trucking, to pay $1.3 million in penalties and restitution.

The United States obtained a guilty verdict in United States v. Woody’s Trucking, LLC and Donald E. Wood, Jr. after an eight-day jury trial in Billings, Montana.  Both defendants were charged with conspiracy, wire fraud, mail fraud, placarding violations and obstruction of justice stemming from an explosion at an oil and gas processing facility in Wibaux, Montana.  The defendants were convicted of 13 of 14 counts.  The one count of acquittal related to one of the placarding violations.  Forfeiture in the case amounts to $644,689.70.

On December 29, 2012, a driver for Woody's Trucking, loaded natural gas condensate, or "drip gas," from a pipeline station that transports products from the Bakken oil fields in Montana and North Dakota. The drip gas was hauled from Watford City, North Dakota, to Custom Carbon Processing, Inc. (CCP). CCP is a slop-oil processing/recycling company based near Wibaux, Montana.

The bill of lading that accompanied the shipment identified the product as "slop oil and water," which is a non-hazardous substance.  However, while the driver was pumping from the truck’s front tank into the CCP facility, a fire ignited, injuring three employees.

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