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Oil waste pit might threaten ND town's water wells

A oil pumping rig being erected in McKenzie County west of Watford City, North Dakota. By Tim Evanson [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
A oil pumping rig being erected in McKenzie County west of Watford City, North Dakota. By Tim Evanson [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

ROSS, N.D. (AP) -- North Dakota regulators have halted dumping at an oil drilling waste pit near Ross while they investigate whether the pit threatens the town's water supply.

The pit is within half a mile of the town's water wells. Mountrail County Commissioner David Hynek says he's dumbfounded, and State's Attorney Wade Enget calls it a ''clear violation'' of common sense.

State Environmental Health Chief Dave Glatt says the state Health Department is looking into the matter. He says the department should have been consulted in the first place.

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