Advocates say state's new oilfield safety training redundant

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) A program aimed at streamlining required oilfield safety training in North Dakota has drawn thousands of people, but some say the training is redundant.

More than 16,000 people have participated in the One Basin-One Way program, which aims to combine separate oilfield safety topics into a one program.

Alma Cook, owner of Williston-based Cook Compliance Solutions, said missing work to complete duplicative training is problematic because it consumes contractors’ time and money.

Steve Braden, chairman of the North Dakota Petroleum Council’s One Basin-One Way Committee, tells The Bismarck Tribune his group is trying to consolidate the training.