BISMARCK, N.D. — Democrats have promised to file legislation that would mandate additional monitoring and safeguards for pipelines that carry briny oilfield wastewater.
The pledge comes after a 3-million gallon leak near Williston in western North Dakota. It’s been called the largest saltwater spill of North Dakota’s current oil boom
Democratic leaders in the House and Senate say their bill will be filed by the legislature’s Monday filing deadline.
Democrats says the legislation may be similar to what a Republican pushed two years ago but was defeated after resistance from oil companies that argued the additional monitoring would be too expensive.
State regulators said such safeguards are ineffective on small holes because the leaks would not be strong enough to be detected.
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