BISMARCK—Two men convicted of federal charges related to illegally operating a saltwater disposal well near Dickinson will not go to prison for the environmental crimes, a judge ruled Monday. Jason Halek, 44, of Southlake, Texas, will serve up to one year in a halfway house and pay a $50,000 fine, U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland ruled. Halek, who pleaded guilty to three felony counts of violating the Safe Drinking Water Act, also was ordered to serve three years of supervised release.
WILLISTON, N.D. - North Dakota oil production fell less than 1 percent in July but held at an average of 1.2 million barrels per day, the Department of Mineral Resources said Monday. Director Lynn Helms said North Dakota’s oil and gas industry is “hanging in there” despite low oil prices that have led to a significant decline in drilling.
WILLISTON — XTO Energy announced Monday a $5 million donation that will help provide affordable housing for teachers, police and other essential personnel in three of the state’s busiest oil communities. The oil company’s contribution to North Dakota’s Housing Incentive Fund will support four housing projects in Williston, Watford City and Killdeer. Half of the 287 multi-family units are targeted for low-income residents or employees of cities, counties, medical facilities, school districts or law enforcement.
TOWNER, N.D. – Enbridge employees simulated a worst-case scenario Wednesday to practice how they would respond to an oil spill in the Souris River. The simulated exercise that employees learned of at 10 a.m. Tuesday was that an excavator struck one of Enbridge’s crude oil pipelines and released 800 barrels – or 33,600 gallons – of oil into the Souris River near Towner.
WILLISTON, N.D. – Mayhem at the Williston Walmart that began with the alleged theft of a $13 pair of shoes landed a man in jail facing a dozen charges, including the assaults of three police officers. Williston police received a report last Friday morning of an unruly male after Walmart employees saw a man ripping the tags from a pair of shoes and walk past the cashiers without paying for them.
BISMARCK — House lawmakers unanimously approved Monday what has been called “landmark legislation” to strengthen regulations of oil and saltwater gathering pipelines. House Bill 1358 incorporated the best ideas from five bills that dealt with pipelines as well as other issues that have frustrated landowners, said Rep. Mike Nathe, R-Bismarck. The bill requires gathering pipelines installed after Aug.
WILLISTON — The North Dakota Public Service Commission will hold a public hearing next week about a proposed expansion of the Pioneer Generation Station in Williams County. Basin Electric proposes to expand the facility 15 miles northwest of Williston to meet the growing electricity demands in the area at the center of the state’s oil and gas activity. “We are still seeing load growth,” said Curt Pearson, spokesman for Basin Electric. A 2014 forecast calls for the cooperatives served by Basin Electric in the Bakken to see a 1,616 megawatt increase in demand by 2035. The Pioneer Generation
WILLISTON – Prosecutors here have charged a man with murder in connection with the death of a man whose body was found east of Williston under a mattress. Williston police...