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Associated Press, Published April 18 2012

Oil field waste facility approved in southwest ND

DICKINSON, N.D. — An Oklahoma company has received approval to build an oil waste facility in southwest North Dakota.

Stark County commissioners on Tuesday gave the final go-ahead to Location Service Inc. for the facility near Belfield, approving a zoning change for about 80 acres of land. The Dickinson Press reports that it will be the fourth landfill for drilling waste in western North Dakota's booming oil patch.

Commissioners gave approval despite a petition signed by about 200 people who opposed the project because of worries over truck traffic and possible harm to the environment. Company spokesman Luke Boss says the site will not handle hazardous waste.

The state Health Department will have to approve the site plan. State Waste Management Director Scott Radig says existing oil waste disposal sites are nearing capacity.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.