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Sample of drill cuttings under a 10x microscope. (Image: Mudgineer - CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons)

ND seeking public comment on oilfield waste landfill

The North Dakota Department of Health has opened a 30-day window to receive public comments regarding a proposed 39-acre oilfield waste landfill, reports the Forum News Service (FNS).

The Black Mallard Disposal Facility, which would be located three miles south of Ross in Mountrail County, would mostly take in solidified drill cuttings and soils or other materials contaminated by spills. The site would not, however, accept radioactive oilfield waste despite state rules pertaining to accepting such materials.

The proposal has been in review for about two years as local officials have worked with Green Group Holdings, an environmental services company specializing in the planning, implementation and operation of waste disposal, recycling and reuse sites. As reported by the FNS, the site has been granted a conditional use permit, but it included several stipulations, such as not accepting filter socks or other naturally occurring radioactive materials.

As permitted, the landfill would be able to accept up to 200,000 tons of waste per year and is anticipated to be in operation for about 27 years. The facility will have an inspector working on-site who will be trained and supervised by the health department. The disposal site is expected to have 18 to 20 trucks hauling in waste every day.

The 30-day comment period ends November 27. Depending on if there is enough public interest, a public hearing will take place at 4 p.m. on November 17 at the Mountrail Council Fair Building in Stanley. To read the permit and to submit public comment, click here.

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