ND Legislature Passes Bill to Hide Oil Spills

Rep. Roscoe Streyle

The North Dakota legislature passed a bill this week to hide hundreds of oil spills from public scrutiny.

House Bill 1151, which passed the Senate on Monday 31-14, ends the state’s requirement that oil companies report every spill.

Instead, the bill lets companies conceal┬áspills of 420 gallons or less that are “contained.” Hundreds of spills each year fall under this category, according to the Associated Press.

Bill sponsor Rep. Roscoe Streyle (R-Minot) received contributions from seven oil companies totaling $5,000 during his 2014 campaign. He also works in the oil industry as a partner with Emergency Site Protection, which provides emergency support to oil sites during “emergencies.”

The bill will go to Gov. Doug Burgum.

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