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Western water system sales drop with slowdown in oil patch

BISMARCK, N.D. — A system bringing treated Missouri River water to northwestern North Dakota has experienced a significant drop in industrial water sales as activity has slowed in the oil patch due to slumping crude prices. Gross monthly industrial water sales through the Western Area Water Supply project slipped from a peak of more than $4 million in October 2014 ...

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Oasis Petroleum says killed North Dakota oil well that blew

Oasis Petroleum Inc said on Tuesday it successfully killed a North Dakota well that had leaked oil, saltwater and natural gas since a blowout last weekend. Oasis crews pumped more than 33,000 gallons of a bentonite clay and water mixture down the well and plugged it. The well is now permanently shuttered. More than 67,000 gallons of oil had leaked ...

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Oasis Petroleum works to plug out-of-control North Dakota well

WILLISTON, N.D. – Oasis Petroleum Inc resumed efforts on Tuesday to plug an out-of-control North Dakota well that has leaked oil, saltwater and natural gas since a blowout last weekend, hoping to have it plugged by this afternoon, a spokesman said. More than 67,000 gallons of oil have leaked from the well so far. Law enforcement and federal regulators have ...

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Abandoned oil waste pit eroding into river near Medora

A long-abandoned pit formerly used to store oil drilling mud and fluids is eroding into the Little Missouri River in western North Dakota, reports the Forum News Service (FNS). The waste pit, last used about 50 years ago, is now threatening to contaminate downstream drinking water. State officials are developing a cleanup plan, and Department of Mineral Resources Director Lynn ...

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US 85 bridge near Williston being closed for maintenance

WILLISTON, N.D. — The Lewis and Clark Bridge on U.S. Highway 85 south of Williston will be closed for 24 hours for maintenance work. The highway is the major north-south artery in the western North Dakota oil patch. Motorists will need to take alternate routes between 7:30 a.m. Tuesday and 7:30 a.m. Wednesday. The state Transportation Department says alternative routes ...

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North Dakota officials expect NAWS legal battle to drag on

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota officials believe a federal study of a large Missouri River water project in the state has adequately addressed fears of environmental harm in the state of Missouri and the Canadian province of Manitoba. However, they’re still resigned to the likely continuation of a drawn-out legal fight that has already delayed the Northwest Area Water Supply ...

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Public comments sought on final NAWS environmental study

BISMARCK, N.D. — The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation is calling for more stringent water treatment in its final environmental study for the Northwest Area Water Supply project. The report released Tuesday is another step in the long-delayed project to bring Missouri River water to residents of northwestern North Dakota. NAWS was first authorized by Congress nearly three decades ago, in ...

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Expected drop in state oil tax money could affect NAWS

MINOT, N.D. (AP) — An expected reduction in state oil tax revenues due to a global drop in oil prices could mean less money for the Northwest Area Water Supply project. Gov. Jack Dalrymple’s budget included $18 million for NAWS, but the Legislature is considering $10 million. However, there still should be enough money to go ahead with a proposed ...

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Contamination levels dropping from ND saltwater spill

State and company officials say contamination levels have dropped along waterways affected by a massive saltwater spill in western North Dakota’s oil patch. A pipeline leak detected last month spilled nearly 3 million gallons of saltwater brine near Williston. The wastewater is a byproduct of intensive oil drilling taking place in the Bakken region of North Dakota and Montana. North ...

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Williston water is supposedly safe to drink

Despite finding trace amounts of hydrocarbons in Williston’s drinking water, officials are reporting that it is still safe to drink. According to a report from The Williston Herald, Public Works Director David Tuan said, “During this period there are trace amounts of hydrocarbons in the water that are producing an odor. It is still small enough that it is safe ...

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