Oil Spill In Creek Originally Underestimated, Making It One Of Largest In ND History

BELFIELD, N.D. — An oil pipeline spill that contaminated a tributary of the Little Missouri River last December is now estimated to be three times larger than originally thought, making it one of the most significant pipeline spills in North Dakota history. Belle Fourche Pipeline Co. reports about 12,615 barrels, or 529,830 gallons, of oil…
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Pipeline Spill Affects Waterway In McKenzie County

ARNEGARD, N.D. – State regulators are investigating a pipeline spill in McKenzie County in northwest North Dakota that contaminated an unnamed waterway and is similar to an incident that occurred in the same location in 2014. Oasis Petroleum reported a spill Tuesday, Feb. 28, that released an estimated 500 barrels, or 21,000 gallons, of produced…
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Budget Cuts Could Reduce ND’s Oversight Of Oil, Gas

BISMARCK – Balancing North Dakota’s budget could lead to less oversight of oil and gas development and fewer inspections of gathering pipelines at the same time that oil activity is expected to be on the upswing. Lynn Helms, the state’s top oil regulator, said inspections of well sites and facilities would be reduced by half…
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Oil Spill Reporting Bill Gets Mixed Reviews

BISMARCK — A bill that would raise the threshold for reporting oil spills got mixed reviews Thursday, Jan. 12, with proponents saying it would improve government efficiency while opponents advocated for more transparency. The House Energy and Natural Resources Committee heard about two hours of testimony on House Bill 1151, which would exempt companies from…
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Landowners Oppose Bill That Reduces Oil Spill Reporting

BISMARCK – Groups that represent North Dakota landowners plan to oppose a bill that would reduce the number of spills the oil industry reports. House Bill 1151 would raise the threshold on spill reporting, exempting companies from having to report spills up to 10 barrels, or 420 gallons, that are contained on an oil well…
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