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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.

8 comments

  1. “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.” Hmmmm, so the facility will inspect its’ own stuff? Is that like the Iran deal?? They get to inspect their own nuclear activity! Ha!

  2. I am sure the state and the oil patch vultures will have no problem with this. How comforting that the waste will not be radioactive. Given this is Mountrail County, the proper power brokers have been greased and the green light will be forthcoming.

  3. Ok all you whiners and anti-drlg folks start ranting-
    But first a question or two–
    Do you know what oil field waste actually is-?
    Are you aware that all materials used in drlg a well has to be EPA approved-?

  4. A couple of comical observations:

    Assuming any opposition to creation exploitation to be “whiners and anti-drlg folks”.

    Invoking the EPA as trusted regulator of any industry. But if it buttresses unfettered practices then by all means.

    The favorable comments and “likes” are from persons who do not live in ND.

    For disclosure, I no longer live there myself.

    Now. This permit has no provisions for treatment and recycle or re-commission of materials nor does this permit rule out the acceptance of other types of waste at the agency’s discretion.

    • Do you know what specific oil field waste would go into the landfill-?

    • Not that pertinent to my objections but given it has to be disposed of and then contained, plus there are specific and regulated handling procedures would indicate some level of elevated risk. The permit clearly reads that the agency has the discretion to accept other waste.

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