A new streamlined system to report hazardous material spills and releases was announced this week by Gov. Burgum during is state-of-the-state address.
The new system provides a one-stop spill reporting shop for energy producers, transporters and developers. Prior to implementation, energy producers were required to provide notification to several different state agencies. Project planning began in 2018 as a joint effort led by the Department of Emergency Services and supported by the Department of Environmental Quality, Department of Agriculture and the Industrial Commission's Oil and Gas Division.
Click here to listen to Gov. Burgum's comments on the new program.
The reporting system can be accessed here or by calling 1-833-99SPILL (1-833-997-7455). Spill reporting requirements remain the same. A series of training videos will be posted to the spill.nd.gov website for users to reference.
Prior to the reporting system's implementation, state agency representatives initiated an outreach campaign to notify industry stakeholders about the new platform and to provide training to those who wished to participate.
"By using a whole-of-government approach, we have developed a reporting system that will help North Dakota more effectively respond and mitigate impacts from unanticipated spill events" said Cody Schulz, North Dakota Homeland Security Director. "We have also strengthened our response capabilities by partnering with energy industry groups, instructing them on the state's reporting requirements and giving them the tools and training to report accurately."
Click here to read the article in the Western Dakota Energy Association's newsletter