ND Landowners Protest McKenzie County Oilfield Disposal Plant
Two landowners in McKenzie County, ND voiced strong objections to renewing approval for an oilfield waste disposal facility after citing contamination on the site.
“This mess needs to be cleaned up,” said landowner Milt Madison in a letter to the ND Industrial Commission. “It has gone on way too long (144 days), and nothing of any significance was done. Apollo is no steward of the land.”
The commission is scheduled to hear a request from Apollo Resources, LLC to renew its permit to operate the Madison Treating Plant #1 in Sec. 2, T148N-R102W. The hearing is to be held Bismarck on April 27.
The ND Dept. of Health issued a notice of violation Feb. 8 to clean up 80 barrels of spilled crude oil, drilling mud. and salts. As of April 12, the cleanup had not been finished.
Rancher Jared Hatter claimed that nothing has been done to clean up contamination which has been carried by melting snow into water used for drinking by his cattle.
“The current situation with the spill and severe lack of accountability for the cleanup and prevention of runoff of contaminated material is just testament to the lack of respect Apollo not only has for the area land owners,” Hatter said, “but the rules and standards that are set by the permit they are applying for.”