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New oil and gas rules take effect April 1

BISMARCK — New oil and gas rules that include oversight over 18,000 miles of gathering pipelines have received final approval and will take effect April 1.

Changes to the state’s oil and gas regulations approved by the North Dakota Industrial Commission in December were presented this week to the Legislature’s Administrative Rules Committee.

The new rules result from changes that were made to more than 40 sections of Oil and Gas Administrative Code.

One of the significant changes is the Industrial Commission now has jurisdiction over gathering pipelines that are not monitored by other state or federal agencies. Other changes include strengthening the state’s spill reporting and notification requirements and tightening requirements for treating plants for oilfield waste.

Final rules can be found on the division website at

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