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Published December 20, 2011, 01:42 PM

Panel delays action on ND oil production rules

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — New rules to restrict oil waste dumping in western North Dakota were delayed Tuesday.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — New rules to restrict oil waste dumping in western North Dakota were delayed Tuesday.

North Dakota's Industrial Commission is considering the changes.

Gov. Jack Dalrymple (DAL'-rim-puhl) is the commission's chairman. He says the proposed rules have too many potential exceptions, and he says they need to be tightened.

North Dakota oil producers now dump drilling wastes in huge open pits. Some overflowed last spring because of water from melting snow. The pits also attract ducks, which land in the pits and can't get out.

The proposed changes would ban most liquid waste dumping. Instead, companies would have to recycle drilling liquids.

The Industrial Commission will consider the rules again in January. Dalrymple, Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem (STEN'-juhm) and Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring (GORE'-ing) are its members. Dalrymple is the chairman.

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