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WILLISTON – Police here are investigating an unattended death reported Thursday evening but do not suspect foul play, said Williston Assistant Police Chief Tom Ladwig. The death was reported in...
WILLISTON — Greater monitoring and enforcement are needed to protect water from harmful effects of oil and gas development in North Dakota and other western states, a coalition of resource councils said in a report released Thursday. The report “Watered Down” by the Western Organization of Resource Councils examines dangers posed to water quality by oil and gas production in North Dakota, Montana, Colorado and Wyoming.
ALEXANDER – A saltwater tank exploded near here Thursday causing several tanks to catch fire and spill about 2,700 barrels of saltwater and oil, the North Dakota Department of Health said. The tank explosion at a disposal well site about 8 miles southwest of Alexander was reported about 12:15 p.m. Thursday, said McKenzie County Emergency Manager Jerry Samuelson.
RAY — From his usual pew near the back of St. Michael’s Catholic Church here, parishioner Mike Weyrauch turned around to see who was coming so late for Saturday evening...
WILLISTON -- Frack Jack pancake mix, Sweet Crude chokecherry syrup and Pipeline Pretzels may be popular stocking stuffers in the Oil Patch this year. Minot's Home Sweet Home gift shop has developed a trademarked line of North Dakota-made products and is marketing them to oil companies operating in the state. "It's really been a hit with oil companies," said owner Linda Johnson.
A tour planned for Monday aims to draw attention to an area north of Minot where oil development is blamed for damaging the land, something organizers say could happen in the Bakken if precautions aren't taken. "My goal with this tour is to wake up our state officials," said Donny Nelson, a farmer and rancher in McKenzie County, who is leading a tour to Bottineau County. The tour, which was planned before a 20,600-barrel oil spill was discovered in Tioga will include stops at sites where pipelines leaked and spilled saltwater, a byproduct of oil production that is 20 times saltier than seawa
TIOGA -- Alarm bells went off for Eric Haugstad as the Tesoro official listened to the conference call from San Antonio. Crews burned oil that had pooled in a wheat field following a pipeline leak near here, but discovered more oil as they began digging to expose the pipe. "That's when I said 'I've got to go pack my bag,'" recalled Haugstad, who has years of experience responding to major oil spills. Haugstad is director of contingency planning and response for Tesoro.
WILLISTON -- North Dakota mineral owners filed lawsuits Wednesday against 10 oil and gas companies seeking damages for natural gas that was flared. Bismarck attorney Derrick Braaten said the plaintiffs are owed millions in lost royalties for the flared natural gas, and the case will likely grow to include more companies. "We're looking at potentially statewide, all operators," Braaten said. Attorneys from five law firms in North Dakota, Colorado, Texas, Montana and Wyoming are involved with the cases and have established a website, www.ndgas flaringlitigation.com. A news release issued We
TIOGA -- An inspection of a pipeline that leaked 20,600 barrels of oil near here showed a "serious problem" but the company did not receive the test results until after the spill occurred, a North Dakota state regulator said. In addition, Tesoro Logistics had not fully installed real-time pressure monitoring and automatic shut-down devices to the pipeline and was in the process of doing so at the time of the spill, said Lynn Helms, director of the North Dakota Department of Mineral Resources. Helms makes several comments about the pipeline break in an email to his daughter obtained by Forum
WILLISTON -- North Dakota oil and gas production hit two milestones in August, exceeding daily production of 900,000 barrels of oil and 1 billion cubic feet of natural gas for the first time. Oil production rose 4 percent in August to 911,242 barrels per day, according to preliminary figures released Tuesday by the Department of Mineral Resources. "I think that tells us that late this year or very early next year we'll see 1 million barrels a day," Department of Mineral Resources Director Lynn Helms said.