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Judge tosses flag desecration charge; was pipeline protest

American flag, pipeline protest

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A flag desecration charge was dropped Monday for a man who protested a crude oil pipeline that crosses his property by hanging an American flag upside down at his home, online court records show. Homer Martz, 63, was charged Friday under a state law that makes it illegal to defile, cast contempt upon, satirize or ...

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North Dakota patrol asks motorists to avoid pipeline protest

Dakota Access, pipeline protest

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Highway Patrol is asking motorists to avoid state Highway 1806 near Fort Rice because of an oil pipeline protest along the road. Troopers say traffic delays are expected on the highway that runs through the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in southern North Dakota. Opponents of the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline are protesting ...

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Shailene Woodley joins oil pipeline protest in North Dakota

Shailene Woodley, Dakota Access pipeline protest

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Actress Shailene Woodley has joined a group of protesters in North Dakota demonstrating against the $3.8 billion Dakota Access Pipeline. The Bismarck Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/2b3S3q4 ) the star of the “Divergent” movie series joined more than 200 protesters Thursday at a “spirit camp” established by the Standing Rock Sioux at the confluence of the Cannonball and ...

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8,400 gallons of oil-saltwater mixture spills near Mohall

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A damaged injection line has caused a spill of about 8,400 gallons of a mixture of saltwater and oil in Bottineau County. The North Dakota Department of Health says the spill happened Wednesday about 3 1/2 miles north of Mohall. A representative of Texas-based Enduro Operating LLC, which operates the line, wasn’t immediately available to comment. ...

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Regulator: Corroded pipeline likely cause of saltwater spill

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota’s Health Department says a corroded steel pipeline is the likely cause of a big saltwater spill in Bowman County. State environmental scientist Bill Suess (sees) says the 168,000-gallon spill occurred Tuesday morning about 9 miles southwest of Rhame at a well site owned by Texas-based Denbury Onshore LLC. The company did not return telephone ...

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State Health Council ratifies radioactive waste rules

This handout photo from the Three Affiliated Tribes shows radioactive filters illegally dumped on the Fort Berthold reservation.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota’s State Health Council ratified Tuesday a reapproval of rules allowing elevated levels of oilfield radioactive waste to be dumped at certain landfills. The 11-member advisory panel to the state Health Department voted unanimously to reapprove last year’s rules allowing 50 picocuries per gram of concentrations of TENORM — technologically enhanced radioactive material. It had ...

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Appeals court: Judge was right to nix oilfield death suit

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — An appeals court has upheld a judge’s decision to throw out a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of a South Dakota man who was killed in an accident in the North Dakota oil patch five years ago. Fifty-two-year-old Joseph Kronberg, of Bison, South Dakota, was electrocuted in May 2011 when he stepped onto a ...

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Saltwater spill reported at well site near White Earth

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota regulators say almost 20,000 gallons of oilfield wastewater has been contained and recovered at a saltwater disposal well in Mountrail County. Regulators with the state Oil and Gas Division say Houston-based Oasis Petroleum North America reported the 470-barrel spill on Wednesday at the well near White Earth. A barrel is 42 gallons. Officials say ...

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Dakota Access Pipeline foes gather at North Dakota Capitol

pennsylvania pipeline gas explosion

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Opponents of the Dakota Access Pipeline have gathered on the grounds of the North Dakota Capitol to protest. The Capitol this week is the site of a special session of the Legislature that was called by Gov. Jack Dalrymple to address state budget woes. The opponents are calling for Dalrymple and legislators to put a halt ...

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Pipeline construction equipment damage in suspected arson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Machinery located at three oil pipeline construction sites in central Iowa was found extensively damaged by fire Monday in what the company building the pipeline called a shameful act. There’s little doubt the fires were intentionally set along the Dakota Access pipeline, said Jasper County Sheriff John Halferty. Damage to a bulldozer and other large ...

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