Amy Dalrymple is a Forum News Service reporter stationed in the Oil Patch. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (701) 580-6890.
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BAGLEY, Minn. — Two activists who tampered with Enbridge pipeline valves in solidarity with Dakota Access Pipeline opponents have been charged with felonies in Minnesota's Clearwater County. Emily Johnston, 50, Seattle, and Annette Marie Klapstein, 64, Bainbridge Island, Wash., were each charged Wednesday, Oct. 12, with two felony counts related to criminal damage to property of critical public utilities and two gross misdemeanor charges of trespassing.
WILLISTON — Williston leaders said they're building for the future as they broke ground Monday on a new regional airport. Construction will begin this week on the $240 million Williston Basin International Airport, projected to be complete by the third quarter of 2019, said Airport Director Steven Kjergaard. "This is going to be an amazing addition to your community for decades to come," said Gov. Jack Dalrymple, who attended a groundbreaking ceremony Monday along with North Dakota's congressional delegation.
MORTON COUNTY, N.D. — The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe disputes the conclusions of state archaeologists who found that construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline did not destroy sacred sites, after the company refused to allow tribal participation in the survey. The Morton County Sheriff's Department made several efforts to encourage the company to involve tribal representation or at least allow the tribal historic preservation officer to be present while the property was surveyed on Sept. 21, said Capt. Jay Gruebele.
KILLDEER, N.D. — An oilfield waste treating plant north of Killdeer with a history of not complying with state rules must close after state regulators denied the facility a permit this week. Renewable Resources also will be required to properly dispose of a stockpile of oilfield waste that was recently estimated to be nearly four times the amount the facility was allowed to store, according to the North Dakota Department of Health.
WASHINGTON - The Federal Railroad Administration has identified potential flaws in some DOT-111 tank cars that carry crude oil and other hazardous liquids and is asking owners to take immediate action. The FRA said it has identified potential defects in a small portion of the U.S. tank car fleet manufactured by American Railcar Industries and ACF Industries between 2009 and 2015 that could cause leaks of hazardous liquids. The potential flaws are in the welds at the bottom of the tank car that don't meet federal safety regulations or industry specifications, the agency said.
WATFORD CITY, N.D. — A historic ranch in the North Dakota Badlands sold Wednesday, Sept. 28, for more than $3.3 million to nine different buyers. About 150 people attended the live auction for the Woodie Lee Watson Family Trust Ranch, with more than 50 registered to bid. The Watsons' decision to sell the nearly 2,000 acres south of Watford City that had been in the family for generations gave bidders a rare chance to buy land with prime views of the Little Missouri Scenic River and Theodore Roosevelt National Park.
CANNON BALL, N.D. — North Dakota's chief archaeologist has found that no burial sites or significant sites were destroyed by Dakota Access Pipeline construction. In a Sept. 22 memo from state archaeologist Paul Picha, he writes that seven archaeologists from the State Historical Society of North Dakota surveyed the construction area west of State Highway 1806 that the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe says contains sacred sites.
CANNON BALL, N.D. — Controversy over what would be the Bakken's largest oil pipeline has put North Dakota in the international spotlight. Opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline has prompted the largest gathering of Native Americans in decades while also attracting attention from celebrities, presidential candidates and the United Nations. The fight over the $3.78 billion pipeline has high stakes for both sides, as oil industry leaders look forward to a direct pipeline route for North Dakota oil to access refineries in the Gulf Coast.
MINOT, N.D — The North Dakota Petroleum Council doesn't formally endorse governor candidates, but the industry group seems enthusiastic about Republican Doug Burgum. About 450 oil industry representatives heard from both Burgum and Democratic opponent Marvin Nelson during the council's annual meeting in Minot this week. The winner of the governor's race will lead the North Dakota Industrial Commission, which regulates the oil industry.
MINOT, N.D. — A handful of Dakota Access Pipeline opponents took over the stage Wednesday, Sept. 21, as North Dakota's top oil regulator spoke to an oil industry group's annual meeting. The elders of the Oglala Lakota Nation referred to the pipeline as the "black snake" as they took the podium and microphone while Department of Mineral Resources Director Lynn Helms was speaking to the North Dakota Petroleum Council.