South Dakota doesn’t want North Dakota’s oil and gas waste

PIERRE — A legislative committee agreed Thursday that South Dakota should adopt more stringent regulations for disposal of liquid wastes from oil and gas wells.

The discussion comes as North Dakota operators have shown interest in developing waste facilities in South Dakota.

The Senate Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee endorsed SB 59 on a 7-0 vote. The restrictions, which state Environment Secretary Steve Pirner said are similar to North Dakota regulations, now go to the full Senate.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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