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Well blowout spills oil and brine in Mountrail County

Oil and brine spilled at a well site in Mountrail County has impacted the White Earth River, reports the North Dakota Department of Health. The spill occurred at an Oasis Petroleum operated well at around 11 p.m. on Saturday. Located approximately 15 miles south of White Earth, the personnel on site lost control of the well. Oasis is currently working ...

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Eminent domain sought for one-third of Iowa land on Bakken pipeline

FREMONT — Bill Alexander gets emotional walking out to the farm fields where the proposed 1,134-mile, 30-inch-in-diameter Bakken crude oil pipeline would run down the middle of the property. Alexander fears oil spills, long-term damage to nutrient-rich soil and turning his back on the livelihood that’s supported four generations of his wife Pam’s family, future generations and their retirement. “People ...

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Reworked ND budget unlikely despite decreased oil dollars

BISMARCK, N.D. — Depressed crude prices and a drop in oil drilling have decreased North Dakota’s expected tax collections by about $60 million in in the first three months of the state’s current budget cycle, but the governor and the state’s top budget writer have said it’s too early to consider trimming spending plans. With about $6 billion in various ...

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Williston moves toward closing the last of the crew camps

WILLISTON, N.D. — As oil prices remain perilously low and even the biggest of the Bakken companies succumb to layoffs, city commissioners are working toward the elimination of crew camps. While it’s an issue that has much of the city wondering about the impact on rents, it has left the halls of Target Logistics altogether somber. Oilfield workers and Target ...

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Oil and gas companies collect more than 2,000 winter clothing items for charity

Bismarck, N.D. – Oil and gas companies stepped up to spread the warmth this fall by collecting more than 2,000 winter clothing items, including more than 400 coats and 400 pairs of mittens and gloves among other items to deliver to charities in communities throughout western North Dakota. “The 1st Annual Spread the Warmth Winter Clothing Drive was a great success, ...

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Protesters flood IUB with objections over Bakken Pipeline

Chants of “No oil in our soil” could be heard outside of the Iowa Utilities Board offices in Des Moines Thursday as protesters, including a woman from Huxley, gathered to deliver more than 1,000 objections concerning the proposed Bakken Oil Pipeline. The near-80 protesters, organized by Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement, the Bakken Pipeline Resistance Coalition and the Food Sovereignty ...

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Xcel Energy wants to replace 100,000 Minnesota streetlights with LEDs

Streetlights are about to get brighter, cheaper and more energy efficient in a wide swath of Minnesota. Xcel Energy, the largest electric company in Minnesota, said Thursday that it intends to replace all of its 100,000 streetlights across the state with energy-efficient LEDs — part of a proposed $100 million, five-year streetlight upgrade in all eight states it serves. The ...

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ND regulators approve 100K barrel-per-day oil pipeline

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota regulators have approved a pipeline that would move up to 100,000 barrels of oil a day from the state’s oil patch. The Bismarck Tribune reports the state Public Service Commission approved the NST Express Pipeline on Wednesday. The pipeline is part of Texas-based NorthStar Midstream. The 23-mile-long pipeline is designed to move crude from a ...

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