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Radioactive ND: Health Council approves oilfield waste limit increase

North Dakota State health officials approved new rules which would allow for the disposal of radioactive oilfield waste in certain landfills on Tuesday, reports the Forum News Service. In a unanimous decision, the State Health Council voted to adopt rules allowing for the disposal of waste registering radioactivity levels of up to 50 picocuries per gram. The new level is ...

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BNSF reopens track at ND site of oil train derailment, fire

BISMARCK, N.D. — BNSF Railway has reopened a track in central North Dakota where an oil train derailed and caught fire, as cleanup from the accident continues. BNSF Vice President Mike Trevino said the line through the town of Heimdal opened Friday morning after six derailed tank cars were removed and damaged track was repaired and inspected. Trevino says the ...

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ND mulling project to recycle oil drilling waste for roads

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota lawmakers are looking at a project to treat and recycle the drilling waste for road building and other uses. The measure would set aside about $65,000 for the state Health Department to monitor a project and develop standards. Companies targeting the rich Bakken shale formation in western North Dakota get more than crude oil when ...

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Contamination levels dropping from ND saltwater spill

State and company officials say contamination levels have dropped along waterways affected by a massive saltwater spill in western North Dakota’s oil patch. A pipeline leak detected last month spilled nearly 3 million gallons of saltwater brine near Williston. The wastewater is a byproduct of intensive oil drilling taking place in the Bakken region of North Dakota and Montana. North ...

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Comment period extended for radioactive waste proposal

BISMARCK, N.D. — People who want to comment on proposed new rules dealing with the disposal of radioactive oilfield waste now have more time. North Dakota’s Health Department has extended the comment period to March 2. Health officials are proposing to allow elevated levels of oilfield radioactive waste to be dumped at some North Dakota landfills. Environmental Health Chief Dave ...

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ND official: 3M gallons of saltwater spills, damage unclear

WILLISTON, N.D. — State officials say nearly 3 million gallons of saltwater generated by oil drilling has leaked from a North Dakota pipeline, though the environmental effects aren’t immediately clear. State health official Dave Glatt said Wednesday that the leak was detected Jan. 6, north of Williston. It’s the largest saltwater spill since the state’s oil boom began in 2006, ...

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Cleanup underway for nearly 3M-gallon saltwater spill in ND

Cleanup is underway after nearly 3 million gallons of brine, a salty, toxic byproduct of oil and natural gas production, leaked from a pipeline in western North Dakota, the largest spill of its kind in the state since the current energy boom began. The full environmental impact of the spill, which contaminated two creeks, might not be clear for months. ...

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