- Associated Press - Friday, April 7, 2017

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Republican North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum has signed a bill that relaxes rules for reporting oil field spills.

Burgum signed the bill Friday that lifts the requirement for companies to report spills of 10 barrels or less that are contained at a well site. A barrel is 42 gallons.

Companies are still required to report spills that escape from a well site, and they must clean up all spills.

Some ranchers, farmers and property owners opposed the bill, saying all spills should be reported.

State data show there were more than 1,250 spills contained to well sites last year, and more than half of them were less than 10 barrels.

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