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Company seeks landfill site in Dunn County for drill cuttings

MANNING -- A company is in the infancy stages of seeking a location for a landfill site for drill cuttings -- the material removed from a borehole while drilling oil wells.

Dean Gill, a prospector at JMAC Resources Inc., told the Dunn County Commission this week during its meeting at the courthouse that the company would like to find a site that is within about a 6-mile radius of the Killdeer area.

The company is not ready to apply for zoning and is still looking for possible land before the project can even go forward.

"We've found several sites in the area that look like they could meet our criteria, but we wanted to let you know who we are and meet you guys before. We're serious about trying to establish an operation down here, and we wanted feedback (from the commission). I don't want to be trying to do something if it's not welcomed," Gill said.

Chris Kreger, who also represented JMAC Resources Inc. and runs the site 8 miles south of Williston on Highway 85, said one of the criteria looked at is reasonable road access and minimal impact to property owners, which means looking for a location with as few adjacent property owners as possible.

Kreger said when the company looks to establish similar sites, he likes to develop a relationship with the government bodies that will be regulating the site.

"One of the reasons we do that is that you may hear rumors about something, but you don't have a way to get an answer," Kreger said. "I'd be happy to discuss any aspects of landfilling or environmental protection you would like to discuss. I've been in the landfill business for about 30 years now, and the last thing I want is anyone to be afraid of a facility."

Public perception will be a hurdle the company would have to get over if the plan goes forward, the commissioners warned.

Commissioner Donna Scott said the public has questioned other companies that have come into their communities with similar sites about what kinds of hazardous material there would be if the facility was built.

Kreger said the material that would be taken to the proposed facility would be built in an area classified as non-hazardous by the Environmental Protection Agency, as well as the state.

Commissioner Daryl Dukart said it could be a lengthy process to get such a facility established.

"You're probably looking at this taking 14 to 16 months if you go forward," Dukart said. "The state health department regulates this very heavily. When you get to planning and zoning wherever you're at with this facility, you are going to have a lot of questions from the public. Surrounding yourselves with the most professional people that are willing to take questions and stand to the side with people and take their questions will be your success."