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WILLISTON — An expanded water treatment plant in Williston is making it possible for the entire region to grow. Officials gathered in Williston on Wednesday to celebrate the expansion of the Williston Regional Treatment Plant, which treats water from the Missouri River that is piped to rapidly growing communities in the Oil Patch.
WILLISTON — As oil activity slowed down a few months before her Williston café was set to open at an expanded location, Lonnie Iverson grew nervous. “I actually bought a new house, too, and then the oil prices dropped,” the 34-year-old Williston native said. “It puts a little twist in everybody’s gut, I suppose.” But Lonnie’s Roadhouse, which opened in March next to its former location, has stayed busy, despite layoffs of oil workers and fewer truckers parked at the gas station nearby. “We just pack them in here,” Iverson said.
WILLISTON — North Dakota oil production decreased 1.8 percent in April to nearly 1.2 million barrels a day, preliminary figures released Friday show. Natural gas production increased 1.4 percent in April to an average of 1.5 billion cubic feet per day, according to the Department of Mineral Resources. Director Lynn Helms said last month he anticipates the state’s oil production to remain between 1.1 million and 1.2 million barrels per day until oil prices recover.
WILLISTON, N.D. – North Dakota oil production decreased 1.8 percent in April to nearly 1.2 million barrels a day, preliminary figures released Friday show. Natural gas production increased 1.4 percent in April to an average of 1.5 billion cubic feet per day, according to the Department of Mineral Resources.
MINOT -- The former superintendent of Sawyer Public Schools pleaded not guilty Thursday to felony sex charges after a judge ruled there was probable cause to support allegations of a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old boy. The defense attorney for Charles Soper, 50, Minot, indicated he plans to challenge a charge of human trafficking, a Class AA felony.
WATFORD CITY — What would be North Dakota’s largest oil pipeline project still needs approval for three oil storage facilities, including a Watford City location that was rejected by local officials this week. The McKenzie County Planning and Zoning Commission voted 3-2 this week to deny a permit to Dakota Access Pipeline to locate an oil tank terminal across U.S. Highway 85 from Watford City’s extraterritorial area.
BISMARCK – An oilfield service company says it can recycle Bakken drilling waste while protecting the environment, turning waste that would otherwise go to a landfill into material for roads or other uses. Nuverra Environmental Solutions is one of three companies that will launch a pilot project approved by the North Dakota Department of Health to recycle solid drilling waste.
WILLISTON — Most North Dakota landowners who were sued for survey access by Dakota Access Pipeline reached agreements with the company and had their cases dismissed this week. One landowner did take the matter to court, but a judge ruled in the company’s favor. Energy Transfer Partners proposes to build the 1,134-mile pipeline from Stanley to Patoka, Ill. to transport 450,000 barrels of Bakken crude a day.
WILLISTON — Oil companies with wells near the confluence of the Missouri and Yellowstone rivers are ready for flooding that’s projected to occur this weekend, state regulators said Friday. Companies with wells in the most flood-prone areas have either shut down wells or secured the sites to prevent spills or incidents, Department of Mineral Resources spokeswoman Alison Ritter said.
BISMARCK – A man facing federal human trafficking charges is now accused of forcing seven women to engage in sex for money after prosecutors filed an additional charge this week. Keith A. Graves, a California man who moved to Williston to work in the Oil Patch, now faces seven charges of sex trafficking by force or coercion in U.S. District Court.