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North Dakota Department of Mineral Resources Responds to Fracking Report

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A report by The Environmental Integrity Project claims that gas and oil drilling companies are still using diesel fuel for hydraulic fracturing.

An updated study, 'Fracking Beyond the Law,' says oil operators could still be using diesel to frack wells without a permit.

The report criticizes 'FracFocus,' the national chemical registry for hydraulic fracturing, claiming drilling companies have removed records of past diesel permits from the site without leaving a record of the change.

Author of the report Mary Greene says 80% of chemicals injected into the wells are undisclosed and is calling for a more transparent reporting system for the disclosure of chemicals used in fracking.

According to the report, 10 of the operators are North Dakota companies.

Spokesperson for the North Dakota Department of Mineral Resources Allison Ritter says she has faith that companies are not using diesel in their fracking.

She says the Department has a system to make sure operators are compliant.

They are required to disclose what chemicals they plan on using before they begin drilling.

They also submit a similar report to FracFocus within 60 days after completion.

Ritter says companies must apply for a specific permit if they plan on using diesel in the fracking process.

She says since February, no company has applied.

"I absolutely have faith in our system. This has come up actually a number of times and we've checked and double checked. People have inquired wanting to know are people using one of these 5 chemical abstract numbers during hydraulic fracking and every time we have run a double check on top of what we already do every month we have come up with nothing so I have complete faith in our system," says Alison Ritter.

Ritter says the purpose of the FracFocus was to be able to look up a well and see what chemicals were used during fracking.

She the program is constantly being updated.

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