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Published December 18, 2013, 08:16 PM

Pit dug to hold dry waste from drilling process recently constructed with

The location of an oil drilling waste pit has a number of people in Mountrail County and the state Health Department concerned. A pit, dug to hold dry waste from the drilling process, was recently constructed within a half mile of a well that supplies water to the town of Ross.

The location of an oil drilling waste pit has a number of people in Mountrail County and the state Health Department concerned. A pit, dug to hold dry waste from the drilling process, was recently constructed within a half mile of a well that supplies water to the town of Ross.

The state Oil and Gas division has ordered dumping at the site to stop while an environmental assessment of the pit is done. Usually in cases like this where a pit is near water sources the Health Department is consulted, but Dave Glatt says they knew nothing about the pit until recently.

Glatt says they are looking into the construction of the pit, and getting information on what it will be used for. Bottom line, Glatt says the Health Department wants to make sure nothing will threaten the cities water supply.

David Glatt with the North Dakota Department of Health's Environmental Health Chief said, "What concerned about is any liquids coming off the solids and getting into the soil and migrating into the ground water. From any drilling type of drilling activity whether it is oil, brine solution, chemicals used during the process, we want to make sure those are contained and not introduced into the environment."

One load of dry cuttings had been dumped at the pit. Activity has been stopped until the Health Department makes their determination on the safety of the site.

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