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Oil company to pay $2M for illegal well

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FARGO, N.D. (AP) -- A Norway-based oil company accused of illegally operating a well in North Dakota that was planned by its predecessor has agreed to pay nearly $2 million to settle a civil suit.

Authorities say the well was drilled in December 2011 on unleased federal land about two weeks after Statoil Oil & Gas Services Inc. acquired Brigham Oil & Gas L.P.

An investigation that began two years later discovered that Statoil had produced and sold federally owned oil and natural gas valued at nearly $2 million.

U.S. Attorney Timothy Purdon says Statoil's cooperation in the investigation showed "good corporate citizenship."

A Statoil spokeswoman could not be immediately reached for comment.

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