Most of South Dakota’s state senators decided Monday that liquid wastes from North Dakota’s oil fields shouldn’t be disposed in South Dakota.
The Senate voted 26-7 in favor of the ban. It would require a disposal pond to be tied directly to a well or production field in South Dakota.
The purpose is to establish “a level playing field” so that South Dakota doesn’t become a dumping ground for oil waste from other states, Sen. Larry Lucas, D-Mission, said.
“We do have one operator in South Dakota that has three ponds and they would not be affected by the bill,” Lucas said.
The seven votes against Senate Bill 59 came from Republicans Corey Brown of Gettysburg, Al Novstrup of Aberdeen, Russ Olson of Wentworth, Ryan Maher of Isabel, Ried Holien of Watertown, Jeff Monroe of Pierre and Mark Johnston of Sioux Falls.
The legislation was proposed by the state Department of Environment and Natural Resources. It is opposed by Harding County officials, whose area otherwise could be a host for disposal sites. The measure now goes to the House of Representatives.