Associated Press, Published July 17 2013
McLean County denies oil field waste site requestWASHBURN, N.D. — The McLean County Commission has denied a company's permit request seeking to turn a fly ash disposal site near Underwood into a landfill for oil field waste.
Washburn resident Dennis Kost tells the Minot Daily News that he's delighted with the 2-1 vote denying Great River Energy's request. He says people are not interested in accepting negative aspects of oil development without seeing benefits.
McLean County is a small producer with 46 oil wells, all on the county's western edge.
Commissioner Pam Link says she struggled to justify the landfill in a county not in the heart of oil development.
Great River Energy since the mid-1990s has operated a landfill for fly ash, a byproduct of burning coal. Fly ash now has a market in road construction.