ND to study radiation in oil drilling waste

North Dakota to use industry funding to help study radiation levels in oilfield drilling waste

Associated Press

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) -- A newly formed North Dakota environmental group is criticizing a state plan to use money from the oil industry to help craft a study on radioactive oilfield waste.

Energy Industry Waste Coalition spokesman Darrell Dorgan says using oil industry money for a state Health Department study creates a conflict of interest. The group says it's worried about the dumping of radioactive oilfield waste in western North Dakota's oil patch.

North Dakota environmental health chief Dave Glatt says money from the industry will only help fund the study. He says the report will not be biased.

Glatt says the cost of the study isn't known yet. But he says it could be completed by the end of the year.

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