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Associated Press, Published July 17 2013

McLean County denies oil field waste site request

WASHBURN, 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.