Information on oil spills is now available online at a new Department of Health website.
The idea has been in the works for several months but picked up importance following the Tesoro Pipeline spill this fall.
Some have been critical that this information has not been readily available to the public.
But division chief Dave Glatt says this is just a new way to share it.
Data has always been available to the public. People just had to ask for it and we would provide it. That became kind of onerous because of all the requests we were getting so earlier this year we started thinking there's a better way to use our staff time and also make that information available to the public and that's where the website idea came about," says Dave Glatt of the State Health Department.
Data goes back to 1975 when department began to keep records.
It's divided into two sections: one is for oilfield incidents and the other covers all other environmental spills.
The information we provide on the webpage is the same information that the Health Dept. gets either from the Oil and Gas Division or from the general public on our form. They'll be able to see everything that we see on the initial reports and also on the follow-up reports," says Dave Glatt of the State Health Dept.
Go to www.ndhealth.gov. The link to spills is in the middle-right of the screen.