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ND Dems want required spill reporting

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.

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.