North Dakota Lawmakers to Consider Oil and Gas Industry Rules

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A set of revised administrative rules governing the oil and gas industry in North Dakota will go to lawmakers next month for final approval.

The Bismarck Tribune (http://bit.ly/2eZNIDZ ) reports North Dakota Industrial Commission members in June unanimously agreed to the set of proposed rules governing pipelines, site berms and bonding.

The rules must still pass the Legislature’s Administrative Rules Committee on Dec. 5. If approves, they would go into effect Jan. 1.

Department of Mineral Resources Director Lynn Helms says the rules are rigorous and raise standards.

Among the changes is a rule that operators will have 180 days after being notified by regulators to build 6-inch berms around storage facilities and production sites. The same timeframe would be enforced for saltwater handling facilities and possibly treating plants.

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