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Cumulative effect of many small oil patch spills remains hidden

Cumulative effect of many small oil patch spills remains hidden

Dakota Resource Council’s Scott Skokos said there were no current Bakken studies on the cumulative effects of many spills, but a study by State Geologist Edward C. Murphy, presented to the state legislature’s energy committee in April, revealed that during the 1980s oil boom, saltwater evaporating pits – open, unlined pits that allowed water from oil field brine to evaporate – allowed salt, drilling fluid and other chemicals to leach some 400 feet into soil surrounding the pits.

Posted 9/16/14 (Tue) read more »

Gas flared in Bakken, Texas equals 1.5 million cars

Gas flared in Bakken, Texas equals 1.5 million cars

While Lynn Helms, the state’s Department of Mineral Resources, Oil & Gas Division (OGD) director, bragged about how flaring numbers have fallen 10 percent during the last year, an environmental group claims flaring still produces enough greenhouse gas to equal 1.5 million additional cars on the road.

Posted 9/16/14 (Tue) read more »