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ND Dems want required spill reporting

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news Jamestown, 58401
Jamestown North Dakota 121 3rd St NW 58401

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Democratic lawmakers say they will push for legislation to require regulators to publicly report all oil spills and other hazardous leaks.

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Regulators last week said they would begin publishing spill information on a website, and were considering how large a spill should trigger a public announcement. They outlined their plans after The Associated Press reported that nearly 300 pipeline spills in the past two years hadn't been publicly announced.

Top Democrats gave AP a preview of their legislation before unveiling it publicly.

Their push follows a massive pipeline break last month in a wheat field near Tioga that wasn't publicly announced until AP asked about it.

House Minority Leader Kenton Onstad of Parshall, whose district is in one of the state's top oil-producing areas, called that a failure.

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