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ND launching website to notify public of spills

North Dakota Department of Health
North Dakota Department of Health

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) -- The North Dakota Health Department is set to launch a website this week that will enable the public to monitor oil spills and other hazardous leaks reported in the state.

State Environmental Health Chief Dave Glatt says users of the website will be able to track recent spills and those that happened years ago.

The new website comes after a massive spill from a Tesoro Corp. pipeline that was discovered by a farmer in September. The incident exposed that state regulators had known about the spill but failed to notify the public for nearly two weeks, and only after a reporter asked about it.

Don Morrison with the Dakota Resource Council says the website ''is a long time coming and a step in the right direction.''