Amy Dalrymple / Bismarck Tribune
BISMARCK - A Watford City accountant is on trial in Bismarck this week in a fraud case that stemmed from a high-profile investigation into an oil boom murder-for-hire plot. Rene L. Johnson is accused in U.S. District Court of defrauding investors in 2013, but the investors received their money back plus interest, according to testimony in the trial that began Monday, Oct. 26.
BISMARCK - A lawsuit filed late Tuesday, Oct. 30, challenging North Dakota’s voter identification law alleges that eligible Native American voters have been and will continue to be denied the right to vote unless a federal judge takes action before Election Day. The court complaint was filed in U.S. District Court by the Spirit Lake Tribe and six individuals against Secretary of State Al Jaeger.
BISMARCK — A group dedicated to advancing equality at the ballot box says it plans to make certain that all Native Americans in North Dakota can vote in November in spite of a voter identification requirement that many see as a hurdle. Four Directions, a Native American voting rights group, said it's reaching out to North Dakota tribal governments to assist them in having a tribal official at every polling place on their reservations who can help eligible voters if they lack the required documentation.
BISMARCK—North Dakota continued to set oil and gas production records in August, reaching nearly 1.3 million barrels per day, the Department of Mineral Resources said Friday. It was the first time North Dakota produced 40 million barrels in one month, said Lynn Helms, the department's director. The state also hit a natural gas production record with more than 2.4 billion cubic feet per day, according to the preliminary figures.
BISMARCK — Oasis Midstream Partners will celebrate Friday, Oct. 12, the completion of a natural gas processing plant, a highly anticipated project as North Dakota's oil industry works to reduce natural gas flaring. The Oasis Wild Basin II plant will add 200 million cubic feet per day of natural gas processing capacity, the first major plant completed in several years in the Bakken. Oasis CEO Taylor Reid said Thursday the plant near Watford City is mechanically complete and will begin processing gas in November.
BISMARCK—All five of North Dakota's Native American tribes have joined more than 440 other tribal nations to detail how they've been harmed by the nation's opioid epidemic. A legal brief recently filed in U.S. District Court in ongoing litigation against opioid manufacturers and distributors includes support from 448 federally recognized tribes.
BISMARCK—The first debate between Heidi Heitkamp and Kevin Cramer was canceled last week, but attendees at an energy conference on Monday, Oct. 8, got the next best thing. Sen. Heitkamp, D-N.D., and Rep. Cramer, R-N.D., shared a stage during a roundtable discussion at the Great Plains & EmPower ND Energy Conference in Bismarck, both touting their accomplishments to advance North Dakota energy. While it was not a campaign event, the political rivals seeking election to the U.S. Senate showed their differences and took occasional swipes at one another.
MANDAREE, N.D.—The Fort Berthold Protectors of Water and Earth Rights has joined other environmental groups in challenging the Trump administration's decision to roll back an Obama-era rule to capture methane. The groups filed a lawsuit over the Trump administration's decision to rescind the Bureau of Land Management's Waste Prevention Rule, arguing that the action violates federal policies.
BISMARCK — The North Dakota Industrial Commission has approved a drilling unit near Lake Sakakawea, but made some changes that regulators said would protect royalty owners. XTO Energy proposed to develop 26,000 acres in Williams and McKenzie counties as one large unit, a plan the company said would allow oil wells to be farther away from Lake Sakakawea. The company said during a hearing in April that the proposal, known as the Hofflund-Bakken Unit, would allow more oil to be recovered but minimize the impact to sensitive terrain.
BISMARCK — A company that's constructing a new natural gas processing plant in the core of the Bakken announced plans this week for a second plant, doubling the size of the project. Oneok plans to construct Demicks Lake II in McKenzie County, adding 200 million cubic feet per day of processing capacity. Demicks Lake I, which also will have a capacity of 200 million cubic feet per day, is under construction but expected to reach capacity soon after it's complete, Terry Spencer, Oneok president and CEO, said in a news release.