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 spills 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.