N.D. official: More environment protections needed

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DICKINSON, N.D. (AP) – A North Dakota health official says more needs to be done to ensure environmental protections in the state amid its oil boom.

North Dakota Department of Health environmental health section chief Dave Glatt says high-ranking oil company officials often guarantee him that their businesses have cultures devoted to environmental protection. But he says that message doesn’t always get to workers on the ground.

Glatt made the remarks at the annual meeting of the North Dakota Petroleum Council, an oil industry lobbying group.

North Dakota Agricultural Commissioner Doug Goehring says when incidents happen in the oil field, the reason is rarely “too few regulations.” He says solutions to oil field problems need to be driven by the industry, not the government.