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Oil Spill Legislation

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As oil activity picks up in western North Dakota, County Emergency Managers want to be in the loop about any spills that happen.

The Senate Agriculture committee is looking at a bill that would create a notification system for spills or discharges.

Emergency Managers say they find out about an event in their county sometimes two to five days after it happened.

Currently the oil company notifies the state and landowners are notified within a "reasonable" time.

(Greg Wilz / ND Dept. of Emergency Services) "At the heart of this system those is the understanding that there is an increased level of spills and discharge across the state of North Dakota. And there is now an increased need in getting more information to get out to local governments quicker and faster."

Wilz says there were 13,500 hazardous spills in 2012.

1,000 of them were oil related.

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