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MORTON COUNTY, N.D. — Dakota Access LLC expects to introduce oil into the pipeline north of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation early next week, the company said in court filings. Dakota Access, a subsidiary of Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners, said the company anticipates crews will install the pipe under Lake Oahe this week and begin final testing, according to a status update filed in federal court.
BISMARCK — Gov. Doug Burgum accepted more than $100,000 in campaign contributions from oil company executives last fall, despite comments he made as a candidate that accepting donations from the oil industry would be a conflict of interest. Burgum did not accept contributions from oil company political action committees, but he did receive contributions of up to $25,000 from individual oil industry executives. North Dakota's governor regulates the oil industry as chairman of the state Industrial Commission.
WILLISTON, N.D. — North Dakota oil production rebounded in January with a 4 percent increase, bringing daily production to an average of 980,294 barrels, the Department of Mineral Resources said Wednesday, March 8. The increase of nearly 38,000 barrels per day in January followed a 9 percent slide in December caused by extreme winter weather.
WASHINGTON — Tribal nations are joining the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in a march on Washington, D.C., this week, calling attention to indigenous rights in response to President Trump's approval of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Thousands are expected to participate in the Native Nations Rise event, including several busloads from North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota, said Kandi Mossett, a member of North Dakota's Three Affiliated Tribes and an organizer with the Indigenous Environmental Network.
A U.S. judge on Tuesday ruled against native tribes seeking to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline from moving forward on the basis that it would prevent them from practicing religious ceremonies, as legal options for opponents of the project narrow.
BISMARCK — North Dakota could gain as much as $100 million a year in additional tax revenue after the Dakota Access Pipeline goes into service, largely due to savings in oil transportation costs. The $3.8 billion four-state pipeline, expected to be complete as early as next week, will bring a more competitive price for Bakken crude by connecting North Dakota with Gulf Coast markets.
ARNEGARD, N.D. — State regulators are investigating a pipeline spill in McKenzie County in northwest North Dakota that contaminated an unnamed waterway and is similar to an incident that occurred in the same location in 2014. Oasis Petroleum reported a spill Tuesday, Feb. 28, that released an estimated 500 barrels, or 21,000 gallons, of produced water from a gathering pipeline about 11 miles northwest of Arnegard, the state Department of Health said.
MORTON COUNTY, N.D. — The Committee to Protect Journalists and several other press freedom organizations are calling on Morton County to dismiss charges against journalists arrested while covering Dakota Access Pipeline protests. The first criminal case against a journalist proceeded to trial on Thursday, March 2, but was dismissed after a judge found the state didn't meet its burden of proof.
NEAR CANNON BALL, N.D. -- Officers in riot gear and military vehicles arrested 46 people Thursday, Feb. 23, in a sweep of the main Dakota Access Pipeline protest camp to make way for cleanup crews. Law enforcement officials appeared relieved after the camp was officially cleared after 2 p.m., ending a monthslong occupation of the U.S.
BISMARCK — People convicted of buying sex in North Dakota can now be sentenced to "John School." The University of Mary has completed the curriculum for an offender education program authorized last session by the North Dakota Legislature for people convicted of solicitation offenses.