North Dakota getting public input on oilfield emissions

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota environmental regulators want public input as they prepare to take greater control of emissions from oilfield facilities.

The Bismarck Tribune reports the Department of Environmental Quality has scheduled a hearing Tuesday in Bismarck.

The Legislature this year approved funding for the agency so that the state can administer the federal emissions program.

The North Dakota Petroleum Council says having the state assume control will help ensure better communication over emission issues.

Regulators also are weighing a request from an oil company that officials worry could lead to more emissions over time.

Continental Resources wants to change the state’s emissions rules. The company says state has imposed a “zero leaks” rule that “is impossible to achieve with current technology” and is more stringent than federal rules.

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