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Dunn Co. dust control study to continue

MANNING — A study on the use of oil-field produced water to control dust will continue to at least October, Dunn County commissioners decided Wednesday during a meeting at the Dunn County Courthouse.

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The county had originally signed on for $220,000 from the North Dakota Industrial Commission Oil and Gas Research Program in April 2011 to explore different methods of controlling dust on unpaved county roads, where clouds of dust are as ubiquitous as the trucks that create them.

The commission approved the option to take an extra $93,000 left from the original study after McKenzie County didn’t use it to study brine water, road superintendent Mike Zimmerman said.

The decision amends the county’s contract with Bismarck-based Underground Soaking Systems Inc. to include research on the use of oil-field brine for dust-control, and changes the final payment date to Oct. 1, allowing the study to continue for much of the rest of the year.

“I’d like to see some (brine water) put down,” Commissioner Mike Kleeman said.