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Health Department Looks To Improve Dusty Roads

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As the weather gets warmer, the dust from roadways continues to cause issues for workers and drivers, especially on rural western North Dakota roads. The Health Department is looking to the oilfield to help with the problem.

The department has been studying brine, which is saltwater with high salt content, to see if there are benefits to controlling dust. Brine costs much less than commercial products, but typically would take several treatments to work.

"It's been a few years, and we will continue to test not all brine is created equal. We can't just use any oilfield bring, and it has to be a brine that's approved by the department and application rates that are appropriate for the situation they are using it," says Dave Glatt.

The Department of Transportation used brine from the oil fields to thaw ice and control dust on roads until 2007. Right now, counties can apply to use brine on a case-by-case basis.
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