The state Senate has approved a measure to put a 10-barrel floor on reportable oil spills – if they’re contained on the well pad.
Under current law, all spills are reported.
Sen. Erin Oban (D-Bismarck) opposed the bill.
"Mark my words -- if this bill passes, we're going to see a headline in a year or two that says, 'Look at how much North Dakota has reduced its oil spills,'" Oban said. "In reality, we will just have reduced what we are reporting."
Oban said the state reported 1258 spills last year -- the vast majority were 10 barrels or less.