Saltwater well planned near national park opposed

Associated Press, 2014-03-28

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Officials with a company planning to build a saltwater disposal well near the boundary of Theodore Roosevelt National Park's North Unit say they will meet with opponents of the plan before proceeding.

Horizon Oilfield Services had filed for a state permit for the well. The Bismarck Tribune reports ( ) that the company asked the state Department of Mineral Resources for a continuance after it learned of opposition by the Badlands Conservation Alliance .

Alliance spokeswoman Jan Swenson says the well could be a visual blight on the Badlands, increase traffic safety concerns and lure other companies into the area.

Horizon CEO George Tingo says he's agreed to meet with representatives from the Badlands Conservation Alliance and the National Park Service to discuss concerns.

Information from: Bismarck Tribune ,