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Associated Press, Published February 09 2013

Mother, oil company settle wrongful death suit

BISMARCK — Marathon Oil and the mother of a Montana man found dead at a western North Dakota oil well have settled a wrongful death lawsuit.

Trista Juhnke filed the suit in Montana's Yellowstone County in July.

The Bismarck Tribune reports that terms of the no-fault settlement were not disclosed.

Junke's son, 21-year-old Dustin Bergsing was found Jan. 7, 2012, at the well near Mandaree in Dunn County unresponsive on a catwalk of the oil storage tank. The cover of the tank was open.

North Dakota's medical examiner ruled Bergsing, of Edgar, Mont., died from hydrocarbon poisoning due to inhaling petroleum vapors.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration assistant area director Eric Brooks, said the agency found no violations of federal standards during its investigation.


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