Spill Investigation Program
Environmental Incident Reports
Prior to the Unified Spill Reporting System that started on January 1, 2021, reports of environmental incidents in North Dakota were submitted to one of three agencies - Department of Emergency Services, Department of Environmental Quality and the Department of Mineral Resources' Oil and Gas Division of the North Dakota Industrial Commission. Incidents reported to the Department of Environmental Quality were called General Environmental Incidents while those reported to the Department of Mineral Resources were called Oilfield Environmental Incidents.
The oilfield environmental incident data was gathered and maintained by the Oil and Gas Division. The Department of Environmental Quality was allowed read-only access to a portion of this data and provided it to the public as received without modification. When Department of Environmental Quality staff investigated reported incidents, they updated the information and recorded it in the update section of each report, producing a new version of the summary report with the next web page update cycle. The web page was updated routinely. None of the General or Oilfield environmental incident reports that were received prior to using the Unified Spill Reporting System were migrated to it. Therefore, the lists of incidents provided below cover only the period from 1975 through 2020. Incidents that were active at the time of the switch will continue to be updated and new summary reports will be uploaded to these lists as usual. Incidents that were reported after 2020 can be found using the Public Access Tool at spill.nd.gov or clicking on the appropriate tab below.