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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.
BISMARCK — When "Kristin" arrived at the YWCA Cass Clay in Fargo last year after being a victim of sex trafficking for years, her mental health and chemical dependency were spiraling out of control. She was hostile to staff, trusted no one and could not control her outbursts of anger. But after seeking mental health counseling and spending three months in the YWCA's housing program, Kristin now lives in the community, has a job and was proud to get her driver's license.
BISMARCK — Three bills introduced in response to Dakota Access Pipeline protests moved a step closer to becoming law Thursday, Feb. 16. The North Dakota Senate approved three bills, already approved by House lawmakers and "fast-tracked" for consideration, that relate to penalties for riot offenses, wearing a mask while committing a crime and criminal trespass citations.
WILLISTON, N.D. — Severe winter weather caused North Dakota oil production to drop 9 percent in December, the largest monthly decline in state history, the Department of Mineral Resources said Wednesday, Feb. 15. The state produced an average of 942,455 barrels of oil in December, down more than 92,000 barrels per day since November, according to preliminary figures. “This is the largest drop we’ve ever had,” Director Lynn Helms said.
BISMARCK — A bill to require cultural competency training for North Dakota legislators has failed in the state Senate. Senate Bill 2337, which prompted passionate testimony from Native Americans and members of other minority groups, would have required legislators to participate in at least four hours of training to aid legislators in working with diverse populations, including Native Americans. The proposed training, which would have been provided by volunteers at no cost to the state, would occur during orientation for legislators at the beginning of each session.