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FNS Photo by Amy Dalrymple Director of Mineral Resources Director Lynn Helms, right, speaks during a Mountrail County Commission meeting Tuesday in Stanley. Also pictured are field supervisor Dave Hvinden, center, and Ross Mayor Wyatt Seibel, left.

Mountrail County faults Helms for lack of communication: Department approved oil waste disposal near well


STANLEY — Mountrail County leaders told the state’s top oil regulator Tuesday to get his department’s communications in line after an oversight led to a waste pit being located too close to a city’s water well.

Commissioners told Department of Mineral Resources Director Lynn Helms they’d like to have more communication with the state agency about waste sites where drilling cuttings — a waste product of oil development — are buried.

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Amy Dalrymple

Amy Dalrymple is a Forum News Service reporter stationed in the Oil Patch. She can be reached at or (701) 580-6890.