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MANNING -- Dickinson man Ryan Provancher was exposed to hydrogen sulfide in the Wednesday oilfield accident that led to his death two days later, according to a Dunn County Sheriff's Office report. The Bismarck office of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration did not dispatch a staff member to see the Driven Services worksite until nearly a week after the incident. Law requires an employer to contact OSHA about a workplace fatality within eight hours of the death, so OSHA heard of Provancher's death about 11 p.m. last Friday.
A North Dakota Petroleum Council task force on flaring has met 11 times since forming last month, spokeswoman Tessa Sandstrom said Wednesday. While working to find ways to reduce Bakken flaring of natural gas, the group will also work to inform stakeholders of the effort companies have already made to reduce flaring -- including investing $6 billion in infrastructure for getting gas from the wellhead to the marketplace, according to a release. A big goal of the group is getting more pipeline in the ground. "Probably the biggest group that we hope to reach out to is the landowners, because t
MANNING -- Representatives from Killdeer Public School asked Dunn County commissioners Wednesday for help updating the school district's sports complex. The school wants to replace the field grass with turf, upgrade lighting, and improve the stands and concessions infrastructure, among other updates, Killdeer Public School Superintendent Gary Wilz told commissioners at their meeting at Dunn County Courthouse. Of the projected $2 million cost, the Killdeer School Board is looking to contribute $500,000, with the rest coming from fundraising. Suzi Tuhy, who's working on the fundraising campai
Dickinson police were called to Hagen Junior High School three times Tuesday. In separate incidents, a 13-year-old boy was found with marijuana and a smoking device, Det. Terry Oestreich said, and a 14-year-old boy was found with cigarettes. The 13-year-old was transported to the Youth Correctional Center in Mandan, Oestreich said.
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Bureau of Land Management's North Dakota office is sitting on more than 500 oil and gas drilling permit applications, the White House told Sen. Heidi Heitkamp's office this week. The BLM, which processes permits to drill on federal land, has furloughed more than 10,000 employees since the government shut down Oct.
For those who recently came to North Dakota to find work in the Oil Patch or fields related to the oil boom, the state's winter is the furthest thing from a warm welcome. Dunn County emergency management officials are holding an open house Wednesday aimed at arming these new residents with information to help them be prepared for the coldest and snowiest days of the state's notorious winters. It takes place from 4-7 p.m.
Tessa Sandstrom says the best part of her job is being a part of history. As a spokeswoman for the North Dakota Petroleum Council, she has fielded calls from media in France, Switzerland, Germany, Japan and elsewhere. "It's amazing to think that ...
A quieter part of the boom in drilling deep beneath North Dakota's surface has been about what sits right on top. Companies that want to develop on certain land must have the land surveyed by archeologists to check for any significant artifacts or historical sites that have sat untouched for years -- until development came their way.
BELFIELD -- Developers will start underground work on a huge $30 million residential and commercial project in Belfield this spring. While developers can't disclose the specific businesses yet, American Landmark Group's Mitchel Beckstead said tenants could be a travel center, a grocery store, a hotel and office warehouse space. The development, currently called Belfield Crossing, will also have housing, which could help the community with its need for more residential options. The housing component includes seven buildings for a total of 112 apartment units, which are a mix of one- and two-
More than half of Americans don't know the recent oil boom has increased domestic energy production, according to a new poll, which also showed increased opposition to fracking. Less than half of respondents to the national Pew Research Center poll -- 48 percent -- correctly said U.S. energy production has increased in recent years.