Six companies to form spill response company

Associated Press

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Six companies developing oil wells around Lake Sakakawea are planning to create a joint spill response firm.

The Bismarck Tribune reports that the companies led by Whiting Oil and Gas will share costs of equipment and training to handle oil spills on the lake should more occur.

The companies will sign an agreement Friday to create Sakakawea Area Spill Response LLC. The new company will spend an initial $300,000 on three boats, a boom and two oil skimmers and store them near New Town, possibly as soon as October.

Jack Braun of Whiting says 16 other companies have said they are interested in being part of the group but want to see the formal contract first.