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PSC holding hearing on proposed $5 million oil pipeline

Energy Transfer Partners' Dakota Access Bakken pipeline has been approved by Iowa. The state was the last of four states to approve the Bakken pipeline. (Image: D.Reichardt via Flickr)

WATFORD CITY, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota regulators are holding a public hearing in Watford City on a proposed $5 million oil pipeline in McKenzie County. Plains All American Pipeline has applied for a permit for the Johnsons Corner to Dakota Access Pipeline Project, a 3.5-mile long, 24-inch diameter crude pipeline. It would have a maximum capacity of 150,000 barrels ...

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Watford City Mayor Brent Sanford balances governor’s ticket

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Brent Sanford knows and understands the issues that surround western North Dakota. Born and raised in Watford City, Sanford was elected mayor in 2010. Thanks to the Bakken oil boom, the city’s population jumped from about 2,000 to 12,000 during his tenure. The rapid increase in residents brought many challenges. Transport facilities were outdated. Water management needed to be upgraded. ...

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Sanford gets BNSF grant for oil field health care program

Sanford O.P.C. mobileMED will provide health care services directly in the oil fields for oil-producing companies (O.P.C.) and their employees. (Images courtesy Sanford Health via Flickr)

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Sanford Health has received a $10,000 grant from the BNSF Railway Foundation to support an effort to provide health care services directly in the western North Dakota oil fields. Sanford has two MobileMED units in the oil patch. One is in Watford City and the other sees patients in Underwood and Stanton. Sanford says the BNSF ...

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Cruz says North Dakota could decide Republican convention

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FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Presidential hopeful Ted Cruz told attendees at the North Dakota Republican convention Saturday that their presidential delegates could decide the nomination. Convention-goers are scheduled Sunday to select 25 of their 28 delegates who will go to the national convention unbound to any of the presidential candidates. North Dakota does not have a primary or caucus. “It ...

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Boom or bust, courts remain busy in North Dakota oil patch

North Dakota State Supreme Courtroom. (Image: Timothy Vogel via Flickr)

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — The Bakken oil boom was in full throttle when a North Dakota couple leased rights to water on their property so it could be used in hydraulic fracturing, the process of extracting sweet crude from the ground. Then, energy prices began to plummet. The result, Jeffery and Shelley Schmidt say, is they were stiffed on about ...

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As oil slides, many determined to stay put in North Dakota

View of downtown Williston, North Dakota. (Image: Mike Galt via Flickr)

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — Kennedy Mugemuzi is done moving. After leaving Congo to live in Nashville for a few years and then coming to North Dakota for the opportunities of the oil boom, he is among the many staying put in Williston — even though depressed crude prices have spurred an exodus of thousands of drillers and others seeking new prospects ...

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Watford City sustains growth despite downturn

McKenzie County is still seeing growth, despite recent layoffs and budget cuts that have dominated recent news headlines. While drilling has indeed slowed, production holds steady. As a result: permanent jobs and a steady stream of economic growth in the region. People might not be flocking to the Bakken like they were two years ago, but population in McKenzie County ...

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Oil impact funds slipping as oil slides in North Dakota

Communities in the North Dakota oil patch are evaluating how much funding they will actually receive from the state's Oil Impact Fund.

BISMARCK, N.D. — Depressed oil prices and slumping drilling activity has cut revenue by half for a program aimed at helping communities deal with the effects of energy development. The Oil and Gas Impact Grant Fund was projected to collect $6 million monthly from oil taxes over the next two-year budget cycle, but Land Commissioner Lance Gaebe said it is ...

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Laid-off woman’s Facebook plea brings help for Christmas

This June 21, 2015 family photo provided by Elizabeth Garcia shows Garcia posing with her children Cristian, rear, and Nayeli, at their home in Watford City, N.D. The oil industry slump is leading to layoffs in North Dakota’s oil patch, but Garcia, who was laid of before Christmas, has found some surprising support. Garcia couldn’t buy presents for her two kids, so she put her plight on Facebook and tried to sell an old camper she owned. The response was overwhelming. (AP Photo/Elizabeth Garcia via AP)

BISMARCK, N.D. — When Elizabeth Garcia looked at the bare area under her Christmas tree and considered the bills that had been mounting since her last job layoff, she knew she had to do something to give her family a merry holiday. She turned to social media. Garcia, 33, one of thousands of North Dakotans to lose their jobs during ...

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More than 17K gallons of saltwater spill near Watford City

WATFORD CITY, N.D. — North Dakota oil regulators say more than 17,000 gallons of saltwater have spilled from a disposal well near Watford City. The North Dakota Oil and Gas Division says Wyoming-based True Oil LLC on Monday reported that the 17,640 gallons were released, contained and recovered at the disposal well located about 15 miles southwest of Watford City. ...

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