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Over 10K gallons of oil-saltwater mixture spills by Fryburg

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Department of Health says about 10,710 gallons of an oil and water mixture has spilled in Billings County. The spill happened Friday at a site almost five miles southwest of Fryburg. The spill resulted from a tank leak at a site operated by Texas-based Denbury Onshore LLC. The agency estimates about 9,240 gallons ...

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Far-reaching tribal solidarity displayed at pipeline protest

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NEAR THE STANDING ROCK SIOUX RESERVATION, N.D. (AP) — Native Americans from reservations hundreds of miles away from North Dakota have joined the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s growing protest against a $3.8 billion four-state oil pipeline that they say could disturb sacred sites and impact drinking water for 8,000 tribal members and millions further downstream. About 30 people have been ...

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Regulator: Dakota Access pipeline worker killed in accident

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A man working on the four-state Dakota Access oil pipeline was killed in an apparent accident in western North Dakota, a state regulator said Saturday. North Dakota Public Service Commissioner Brian Kalk said the man, whose name has not been released, died of his injuries Friday afternoon. The man was working as subcontractor for Dallas-based operator ...

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Judge to rule on tribe’s oil pipeline request by Sept. 9

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A ruling in the request by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to stop a four-state oil pipeline under construction near their reservation will come by Sept. 9, a federal judge said Wednesday. The tribe is challenging the Army Corps of Engineers’ decision to grant permits for Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners’ $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline, which ...

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Can a protest against oil happen without oil?

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Protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline continue to mount, causing work stoppages both in southern North Dakota near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation as well as in Iowa. Today, the  Iowa Utilities Board ordered a work stoppage around the property of 15 landowners to give the board time to review legal issues. Landowners argue against “forced condemnation of farmland for ...

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Oil pipeline subject of federal hearing, small work stoppage

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A Texas company that’s building an oil pipeline across four states was told Wednesday by the Iowa Utilities Board to stay away from the properties of 15 Iowa landowners until Monday to give board time to review legal issues involving a lawsuit. Also Wednesday, a federal judge in Washington, D.C., will consider a request by the ...

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Williston approves ordinance to eliminate crew camps

The city commission's decision to end Williston crew camps will likely face a legal battle. (Image: Tim Whitlow via Flickr)

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — Williston’s City Commission has given final approval to an ordinance that will eliminate oil field crew camps within city limits this summer, although the matter still lingers in the courts. On Tuesday, commissioners unanimously approved a Sept. 1 deadline for crew camps to shut down, with companies given about another two years to clean up and ...

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FBI called over 2 laser beam cases at pipeline protest site

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Authorities in southern North Dakota say the FBI has been contacted after a laser beam was aimed twice at an aircraft doing surveillance of an ongoing oil pipeline protest. The Morton County Sheriff’s Office on Monday said a pilot reported a laser beam entering the cockpit and leaving him temporarily blind Wednesday. Then, on Sunday, the ...

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Judge moves pipeline protest hearing, says sides should meet

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A federal judge has postponed a hearing on whether a preliminary injunction should be issued to prevent protesters in North Dakota from interfering with construction of an oil pipeline. U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland moved the hearing scheduled on Thursday to Sept. 8. The judge also extended a restraining order against the protesters until the hearing. ...

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Judge denies Iowa landowners’ request to halt pipeline work

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A district court judge on Monday denied a request by Iowa landowners to immediately halt construction of a $3.8 billion oil pipeline on 15 parcels of their land, saying they must first talk to state regulators. A state law written in 1998 says the Iowa Utilities Board must consider such a request before the court ...

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