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The relics of the spill are quiet: an oil ring around an old willow tree; algae blooms in the water; in certain light, an oily sheen on Russian Spring Creek. Nearly three decades after the fact, the not-so-temporary effects of an estimated 15,000-barrel spill about 10 miles northeast of Dickinson are drastically different than the immediate effects Tioga farmer Steve Jensen is seeing with the spill on his land today. The 1987 spill had lasting effects on the land, former landowner Alan Kadrmas said. He reached out to Jensen to share his story in light of what Jensen's currently going throug
With bigger roads, more schools and big retail chains coming to the Oil Patch to meet development demands, many wonder why the new $100 million St. Joseph's Hospital will be half the size of its current facility. Hospital officials say they hear that question all the time, and the size of the hospital came out of thorough analysis showing health care shifting toward quick turnaround outpatient care because of the Affordable Care Act and modern health technology. With the ACA, more people will have access to health care, which could keep more out of the hospital in the first place, St.
When the City of Dickinson decided earlier this month to contract out its city engineering to KLJ, it joined a trend of cities and counties turning to private companies for engineering help in order to keep up with rapid oil boom-related development. "We're trying to catch up with the city," KLJ's Jerry Krieg said of the firm's work for Dickinson. He and others at KLJ work from the firm's office, while two of the engineers moved into Dickinson City Hall this month. Craig Kubas and Mark Milstone say they're still catching up on calls and emails that went unanswered for two weeks while Dickin
MEDORA -- Rangers woke a sleeping giant Thursday, taking down barricades and reopening Theodore Roosevelt National Park after the 16-day federal government shutdown ended. The park closed Oct. 1 after Congress failed to pass a budget bill to keep agencies like the National Park Service up and running. It left many rangers without land to patrol, and the small town of Medora without its biggest tourist draw. "It feels good," Chief Ranger Dean Wyckoff said on a break from taking down barricades.
A 5- to 7-barrel oil leak from a 1-inch oil gathering line was discovered in Divide County, the state learned Thursday. Hiland Crude, the company in charge of the line, is on site cleaning up and has stopped the leak, state Department of Emergency Services spokeswoman Cecily Fong said.
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.