Amy Dalrymple is a Forum News Service reporter stationed in the Oil Patch. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (701) 580-6890.
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NEAR CANNON BALL, N.D. — The confluence of the Missouri and Cannonball rivers is considered so sacred to tribal communities that enemy tribes once camped within view of each other but remained peaceful because of their reverence for the water and the land. That's how the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe describes the area where the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued a permit for the Dakota Access Pipeline to cross the Missouri River.
WILLISTON, N.D. — Construction on the Dakota Access Pipeline is quickly progressing in North Dakota, estimated to be 44 percent complete at the end of July. A construction progress report filed with the North Dakota Public Service Commission says the North Dakota portion is scheduled for mechanical completion by Oct. 31, which includes construction and testing of the pipeline, said PSC Chairwoman Julie Fedorchak.
WILLISTON, N.D. — North Dakota oil production fell 2 percent in June to less than 1.03 million barrels per day, the Department of Mineral Resources said Friday. The drop of more than 20,000 barrels per day puts the state's oil production at its lowest point since April 2014, said Director Lynn Helms. Low oil prices continue to be the cause for the slowdown, with prices that seem to be stuck between $40 and $48, Helms said. The price needs to hit at least $50 for increased hydraulic fracturing activity in North Dakota.
WATFORD CITY, N.D. — Research underway at Theodore Roosevelt National Park aims to help scientists better understand bison in order to conserve the species. Researchers recently collected tissue samples from 100 bison in the north and south units of the park that will be compared with bones and fossils collected in North Dakota, said Bill Whitworth, chief of resource management for the park. The goal of the project is to better understand the genetic diversity of the American bison, officially named the national mammal earlier this year.
WATFORD CITY, N.D. — To Jeff Van Hooser, the scenic drive through the North Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park is 14 miles of joy. The smaller unit of the park attracts fewer visitors than the South Unit in Medora, but those who do venture north near Watford City say the park offers a peaceful setting with dramatic vistas. "It's a lot more rugged and rustic," said Van Hooser, an interpretive ranger in the North Unit. "There's a peaceful serenity."
WILLISTON, N.D. — Williston crew camps will be required to close by Sept. 1 under an ordinance approved Tuesday, but operators could seek permission to reopen in the future if a demand for oil worker housing returns. The Williston City Commission voted 5-0 Tuesday to phase out temporary workforce housing, giving companies until May 1, 2018, to remove facilities and until Aug. 1, 2018, to clean up the sites.
WATFORD CITY, N.D. — A ranch with premier views of North Dakota's Badlands and the Little Missouri Scenic River will be up for auction this fall after being in one family for generations. The Watson family is selling the Woodie Lee Watson Family Trust Ranch south of Watford City to consolidate their ranching operation to one location. The family's decision to sell gives potential buyers a rare opportunity to own land next to the North Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park where bighorn sheep and other wildlife sightings are common.
TIOGA, N.D. — A free camp for kids in Tioga may have launched the careers of future drone pilots. About 75 students attended a two-day drone camp in the northwest North Dakota town, with every participant taking home a drone after learning the basics. "The goal of the program is to instill children with the desire to move into the 21st century with technology," said Dennis Lindahl, economic development consultant for Tioga.
NEW TOWN, N.D. — A former crew member on an oil pipeline under construction in North Dakota claims that pipe installed under Lake Sakakawea was not properly inspected and he fears the lake could be at risk. But the owner of the pipeline contracting company stands by the work and says the claims are false accusations made by workers who were fired. Federal pipeline regulators are investigating the allegations, which were also brought to the North Dakota Public Service Commission's attention this week.
Enbridge and Marathon Petroleum announced this week plans to acquire a portion of the Dakota Access Pipeline in a deal that would leave Enbridge’s Sandpiper Pipeline without a major customer...