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ND oil patch clean-up effort to begin in Williston

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) -- The North Dakota Petroleum Council's so-called Pick Up the Patch is slated to begin Saturday in Williston.

The effort is aimed at cleaning up garbage that's littering the oil patch in western North Dakota.

It's being organized by community leaders and oil and gas companies operating in the area. Similar clean-up efforts are slated through the month in Parshall, New Town, Dickinson, Mandaree, Tioga, Killdeer, Watford City, Minot and Berthold.

The North Dakota Petroleum Council started the clean-up campaign in 2012 after complaints of the growing trash problem spurred by the oil boom.

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