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FNS Photo by Amy Dalrymple Ron Ness, president of the North Dakota Petroleum Council, testifies to a legislative committee on Tuesday in Minot about the disposal of filter socks.

State clamps down on oilfield waste: Rules specify leak-proof containers for filter socks

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BISMARCK – North Dakota announced new rules Wednesday for oilfield waste known as filter socks that aim to prevent the illegal stockpiles of the waste that have been turning up in remote corners of the Oil Patch.

Starting June 1, oil, gas and saltwater disposal wells will be required to have covered, leak-proof containers designated for disposal of filter socks, which are known to contain naturally occurring radioactive material.

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Amy Dalrymple

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

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