October 31, 2013
The black gold is one of the most profitable businesses around the world; the state of North Dakota is the second larger top producer of petroleum in United Sates, which produced more than 782.934 barrels per day with a lengthy of 17,500 miles of pipelines around the state according to the data released by the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR). North Dakota currently leads the lowest state unemployment rate in the nation, almost five percentage points below the national average. North Dakota have 12 counties with jobless rates at or below 3.0%, remaining with the lowest county jobless rate in the country.
The ethical dilemma stared in October 2013 when 300 oil pipelines were spilling oil and 750 incidents occurred for more than two years without reporting to the public. Some states are not required to tell the public about the oil spill. The state of North Dakota produce millions of barrels of oil a year in addition, 2,500 miles of pipe lines were built in 2012. Dennis Fewless, is the director of Water Quality in North Dakota, who is in charge to review the regulations and policies for the state after all this incidents occurred. This problem was found by a wheat farmer in September 2013 in northwestern of North Dakota were the company and the state did not report this incident after 11 days when the Associated Press (AP) started questioning. Dennis Fewless stated, “ We are certainly looking at that now and what would be a threshold for reporting to the public” (The Guardian, 2013).
On October 17, the state of North Dakota issued a declaration between Divide County and the borders of Canada announcing that seven barrels of oil were spill. The state currently is contemplating to create a better method to track all the oil spills by implementing new ways of clean up, and regulated this problem. The wheat farmer Louis Kuster said that public system is a good way to maintain the ranchers...