A bill to allow oil companies to avoid reporting some of their spills passed in the North Dakota House this afternoon in a 82-11 vote.
The bill (read it here) is sponsored by Rep. Roscoe Streyle, a Republican from Minot, who received the following campaign donations from the oil industry in 2014:
- Continental Resources PAC: $1,000
- Marathon Oil Company Employees PAC: $750
- ND Oil PAC: $1,500
- Newfield PAC: $300
- Tesoro PAC: $400
- Whiting Petroleum: $300
- WPX Energy PAC: $750
Current state law requires oil companies to report all their spills. But Streyle’s bill would let oil companies keep secret their “contained” spills of 420 gallons or less.
Given the significant number and size of recent spills, you’d think that the state would be getting stricter about reporting so the public can be more aware of companies’ fuck ups.
Instead, the state’s politicians want to hide that information. We’re sure it has nothing to do with those donations.
The bill still needs approval in the state senate. Let Roscoe know what you think: firstname.lastname@example.org.