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Associated Press , Published October 31 2013

ND promises website to notify public of spills

BISMARCK — A North Dakota Health Department official told lawmakers that the agency will soon unveil a website that the public can access to see all oil spills and other hazardous leaks that are reported in the state.

Environmental health chief Dave Glatt told the Energy Transmission and Development Committee on Thursday that health officials are still considering how large a spill should trigger a public announcement.

North Dakota Democratic lawmakers say they want legislation to require regulators to publicly report all oil spills and other hazardous leaks.

Glatt tells The Associated Press that the website will be permanent once it goes live in about two weeks. Glatt says he intends to show off the website to lawmakers once it's running.

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