Target: Jack Dalrymple, Governor of North Dakota
Goal: Prevent oil drilling companies from illegally dumping radioactive waste
The oil drilling industry in North Dakota is booming, and radioactive waste from drilling is becoming a serious problem. Drilling companies are illegally disposing of oil filter socks, which are nets that strain liquids during oil production processes and contain radioactive material. Health officials in North Dakota have found filter socks carelessly disposed of along highways, in abandoned buildings, in commercial trash bins, and even on the premises of competing oil companies.
Officials recently discovered yet another radioactive dump filled with oil drilling waste in North Dakota. Shortly thereafter, these officials also discovered that a Canadian company was hired to remove double the amount of radioactive waste that was estimated to be at the site. Located at an abandoned gas station in Noonan, North Dakota, this is the largest radioactive waste dump discovery to date. Divide County Emergency Manager, Jody Gunlock, discovered 15 garbage cans and approximately 25 bags full of radioactive oil filters.
Oil drilling companies in North Dakota are required to haul filter socks to approved waste facilities in nearby Montana, Colorado, and Idaho, which are approved to handle higher levels of radioactivity. Sign the below petition to force oil drilling companies to comply with state laws to dump radioactive waste in approved safety zones. Illegal disposals in North Dakota put drilling employees and local residents at risk of ingestion, inhalation, and soil contamination.
Dear Mr. Dalrymple,
As the oil drilling industry becomes increasingly profitable in North Dakota, the environment is beginning to suffer. Some oil drilling companies are carelessly disposing of radioactive waste in abandoned spaces instead of transporting it to approved safety zones. Health officials recently uncovered 15 garbage cans and 25 bags of illegally dumped radioactive waste at an abandoned gas station near Noonan, North Dakota. And this was no isolated incident. Health officials have found filter socks carelessly disposed of along highways, in abandoned buildings, in commercial trash bins, and even on the premises of competing oil companies.
I am urging you to enforce state and national environmental laws that require oil drilling companies to safely dispose of radioactive waste. Please work with local officials to evaluate plans to develop an in-state dumping facility to curb illegal dumping activity. Radioactive waste from oil filter socks puts human heath at risk through ingestion, inhalation, and soil contamination. Thank you for doing your part to keep drilling employees and North Dakota residents safe from radioactive contamination.
[Your Name Here]
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