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WATFORD CITY – As dozens of law enforcement officers lined up here Tuesday to celebrate the groundbreaking of a new jail, it was hard to believe that about six years ago the community had just four deputies and four police officers. McKenzie County leaders are building a new facility to house growing law enforcement resources – which will soon include 25 deputies and 19 sworn police officers – that have expanded in the state’s busiest oil county.
BISMARCK – An attorney general's opinion issued Tuesday says the North Dakota Industrial Commission has discretion when deciding whether to plug oil and gas wells that have been abandoned for more than a year.
WATFORD CITY -- McKenzie County Commissioner Ron Anderson said heavy rains prompted the county to close roads gravel roads to heavy trucks to prevent soft roads from being damaged. Anderson said Tuesday afternoon that the roads could be reopened by noon today if the weather holds.
BISMARCK – The oil tax cut known as the large trigger will not take effect on Monday, causing the state to collect about a half-billion dollars more this year than legislators budgeted.
WILLISTON, N.D. – The company that proposes a major crude oil pipeline for the Bakken says it will minimize impacts to agriculture and use state-of-the-art safety features, but nearly half of the landowners along the North Dakota route have yet to sign on to the project. The North Dakota Public Service Commission will begin holding hearings later this month on the Dakota Access Pipeline, a 1,134-mile pipeline that would carry Bakken crude from North Dakota to Patoka, Ill.
MANDAREE – The Environmental Protection Agency is investigating whether Crestwood Midstream violated the Clean Water Act last year when a pipeline spill leaked about 1 million gallons of brine on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation. The EPA has issued Crestwood Midstream and Arrow Pipeline a Notice of Potential Violation for the July 2014 pipeline spill near Mandaree.
WILLISTON – Fracking crews were busy in North Dakota in March, bringing the month’s oil production up 1 percent to just under 1.2 million barrels per day and surprising state regulators. Lynn Helms, director of the Department of Mineral Resources, said Wednesday he anticipated another drop in oil production due to low prices, but operators completed an estimated 189 new wells in March, preliminary figures show.
WASHINGTON — U.S. Sens. Heidi Heitkamp, D.-N.D., and Republican Lisa Murkowski of Alaska plan to introduce a bipartisan bill today to lift the ban on American crude oil exports. Heitkamp, in an interview Tuesday with Forum News Service, called the 1970s-era ban “antiquated” and said it inhibits American competitiveness. U.S. Sens. Heidi Heitkamp, D.-N.D., in an interview Tuesday with Forum News Service, called the 1970s-era ban “antiquated” and said it inhibits American competitiveness.
RAY, N.D. – A natural gas flare on an oil pad sprayed a combination of oil and brine into a tributary of the Little Muddy River, the North Dakota Department of Health said Monday. Estimates indicate that less than one barrel of fluid sprayed off the well site on Friday about 10 miles northwest of Ray in Williams County, the health department said.
CROSBY — Low oil prices forced Daisy Delaney to park her truck in January after she had been hauling water in the Bakken oilfields for about a year. But she wasn’t ready to say goodbye to North Dakota. She instead went to work hauling gravel for Divide County, where her husband, Erik, also works as a mechanic.