ND regulators to publish info on oil spills

James Macpherson, Associated Press
October 25, 2013
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FILE - In this Oct. 11, 2013 file photo, cleanup continues at the site of an oil pipeline leak and spill north of Tioga, N.D. North Dakota, the nation’s No. 2 oil producer behind Texas, recorded nearly 300 oil pipeline spills in less than two years, state documents show. None of them were reported to the public. According to records obtained by The Associated Press, the pipeline spills, many of them small, are among some 750 “oil field incidents” that have occurred since January 2012 without public notification. (AP Photo/Kevin Cederstrom, File)

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) -- North Dakota officials say they're setting up a website to publish information on all oil spills reported to the state.

Friday's announcement comes after the state was criticized for a delayed announcement of a major oil spill in northwestern North Dakota earlier this month. Some 20,000 barrels fouled a farmer's wheat field, but it wasn't publicly reported for 11 days.

The state's move also comes after an Associated Press story published Friday that reviewed documents and found nearly 300 pipeline spills haven't been publicly announced in the past two years, though many were small.

Dave Glatt, state environmental health chief, says officials are still considering how big a spill merits an announcement in addition to being published on the website.