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Standing Rock Sioux sues Corps over oil pipeline permits

Dakota Access pipeline

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe is suing federal regulators for approving permits for a $3.8 billion pipeline that will move oil from North Dakota to Illinois. Tribal officials filed the lawsuit Wednesday against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The Corps issued permits for the project on Tuesday. The Standing Rock tribe opposes the Dakota Access ...

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Trial set for man accused of stealing oil patch explosives

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A man accused of storing stolen explosives, guns and hundreds of rounds of ammunition in his Williston home is scheduled to stand trial this fall on five charges that could land him in federal prison for 50 years. Attorneys for Tyler Porter earlier this month entered not guilty pleas on his behalf, and U.S. Magistrate Judge ...

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How one man’s vision will benefit the future of North Dakota

Frank Koch, North Dakota Gateway to Science

Do you often wonder how GPS works? What does it really look like in space?  Can thunder hurt me? How does hydraulic fracturing work? What’s the difference between spring wheat and winter wheat? Why do I have blue eyes? Children and adults alike encounter things every day that fill us with questions about how the world works. Bismarck State College ...

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$250 million wind farm dedicated in northern North Dakota

The North Dakota Public Service Commission will hold hearings regarding the proposed Stark County wind farm. (Image: Duke Energy via Flickr)

ROLLA, N.D. (AP) — Officials have dedicated a $250 million wind farm in northern North Dakota that was more than a dozen years in the making. Xcel Energy’s Border Winds Farm north of Rolla has 75 turbines spread across 30 square miles of farmland. It employs 11 people and can produce 150 megawatts of electricity — enough to power more than 78,000 ...

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Over 10K gallons of oil, produced water spill near Keene

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KEENE, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota officials say more than 10,000 gallons of a mixture of oil and produced water have spilled at a well site in McKenzie County. The state’s Oil and Gas Division says the incident happened Tuesday at a site about 10 miles southeast of Keene. Officials say the incident was caused by a “piping connection leak.” The ...

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Efficiency and innovation will keep the Bakken afloat

Bakken production, J. Christopher Giancarlo

U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D. cited North Dakota’s innovation and efficiencies in production as the reason the state will stay afloat amidst oil market uncertainty, WDAY reported yesterday. “Every organization that I’ve been involved in when they’re under stress, you have two option; you can either fold and go home or you can innovate and advance. The great news here is North Dakota’s ...

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The Latest: Large Montana coal plant to close 2 units

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BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Latest on an agreement to close two units at Montana’s Colstrip coal plant, which provides electricity to customers across the Pacific Northwest (all times local): 1:55 p.m. A large Montana coal plant serving utility customers across the Pacific Northwest has agreed to shut down two of its four units and limit how much it pollutes ...

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Bakken Top Stories June 26 – July 3

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According to Baker Hughes, the U.S. rig count has increased by 10 this week, and oil prices have crept back up to around $50 per barrel. The anxiety associated with the British vote to leave the European Union only lasted a very short while, and things on Wall Street seem to have stabilized momentarily. In addition, U.S. Secretary of Energy ...

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North Dakota adopts rules to reduce oil industry spills

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota regulators on Wednesday adopted new rules aimed at reducing spills in the state’s oil patch, despite objections by the industry. The state Industrial Commission approved the rules that include bonding and third-party inspections of gathering pipelines that carry briny oilfield wastewater. Another new rule requires berms at least 6 inches high be built around existing ...

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