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Jay Almlie: Put science before emotion on the topic of NORM waste


By Jay Almlie Radioactive waste, NORM waste, “hot” filter socks, illegal dumping. Many attention-grabbing headlines have been written in the past year. What’s it all about? What do these headlines really mean to the public and the North Dakota landscape in which we take such pride? These are reasonable questions that demand solid answers. Unfortunately, the science behind the issues does ...

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Cleanup crew says dumpsite worse than initial report


By Forum News Service  NOONAN – A cleanup crew has removed filter socks that were illegally dumped in an abandoned gas station in a remote corner of northwest North Dakota, and discovered that there was about twice as much waste as initially estimated. Secure Energy Services filled two large rolloff Dumpsters with the waste that contains naturally occurring radioactive material to ...

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North Dakota finds new radioactive oil waste dump; company removes material from another site


By: KEVIN BURBACH , Associated Press BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota confirmed Thursday the discovery of a new radioactive dump of waste from oil drilling, and separately a company hired to clean up waste found in February at another location said it removed double the amount of radioactive material originally estimated to be there. The Canadian company hired to clean ...

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Cleanup underway in Noonan

By Lauren Donovan, The Bismark Tribune NOONAN — A radiation team cleaning up an illegal oil field waste dump site in Noonan found an underground cache of the material and labels that are possible evidence of companies that contributed to the mess. The cleanup was expected to take all day Wednesday, with a crew of six workers in oil-streaked suits and ...

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Dennis: Regulators should be more proactive

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By Tom Dennis, Grand Forks Herald It took explosions, fires and deaths before federal and state regulators got grimly serious about the risks of transporting Bakken oil. Likewise, it took the discovery of mounds of dumped oil-field waste before North Dakota regulators made safe disposal a top priority. Now, here’s a suggestion for North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple and his regulatory ...

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Updated: N.D. shuts down handler of radioactive oilfield waste for violations in Killdeer


By Mike Nowatzki  BISMARCK – The North Dakota Department of Health has ordered a company that handles radioactive oilfield waste to shut down its facility near Killdeer after state inspectors found several violations there earlier this month. The emergency order issued Thursday alleges that Dyad Environmental LLC failed to properly store and track the disposal of the waste, which was primarily ...

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Bakken briefings


Socks dumped in Mountrail County In what seems to be a recurring story in northwestern North Dakota these days, officials in Mountrail County have found discarded filter socks off the roadway in the southern part of the county. Emergency Manager Don Longmuir said he received the call April 4 from Mountrail County Chief Deputy Corey Bristol that the socks had ...

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Oil industry backs new filter sock rules

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BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota’s oil industry is backing new rules intended to crack down on the illegal dumping of radioactive oil filter socks, the tubular nets that strain liquids during the oil production process. “Our members have committed to protecting our resources,” said Kari Cutting, vice president of the North Dakota Petroleum Council, which represents more than 500 companies working ...

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State clamps down on oilfield waste: Rules specify leak-proof containers for filter socks

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By Amy Dalrymple  BISMARCK – North Dakota announced new rules Wednesday for oilfield waste known as filter socks that aim to prevent the illegal stockpiles of the waste that have been turning up in remote corners of the Oil Patch. Starting June 1, oil, gas and saltwater disposal wells will be required to have covered, leak-proof containers designated for disposal of ...

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