BISMARCK—Two men convicted of federal charges related to illegally operating a saltwater disposal well near Dickinson will not go to prison for the environmental crimes, a judge ruled Monday. Jason Halek, 44, of Southlake, Texas, will serve up to one year in a halfway house and pay a $50,000 fine, U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland ruled. Halek, who pleaded guilty to three felony counts of violating the Safe Drinking Water Act, also was ordered to serve three years of supervised release.
SIOUX COUNTY, N.D. - The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office is investigating more reports of cattle that were shot this week near the Dakota Access Pipeline protest camp. One cow was shot and another cow had two arrows sticking out of its ribcage, said Sioux County Sheriff Frank Landeis. The animals, discovered Monday, Oct. 17, appeared to had been shot recently and were treated by a veterinarian, Landeis said.
WILLISTON - North Dakota oil production had a slight uptick in October to 1.17 million barrels per day, but figures released Wednesday continue to reflect an ongoing slowdown in the industry. The state’s oil production increased nearly 7,000 barrels per day, or about 0.6 percent in October, according to preliminary numbers from the Department of Mineral Resources.
BISMARCK — A man and woman face eight federal charges for allegedly enticing women from California to work in brothels in North Dakota's Oil Patch, according to court documents made public today. Trina Nguyen and Loc Bao Tran are accused in U.S.
WILLISTON, N.D. – While the United States hasn’t seen a new refinery in more than 30 years, North Dakota has five refineries proposed that range from planning stages to active construction. Some of the projects have long been on the drawing board, but with MDU Resources constructing its refinery near Dickinson, the others could be closer to reality, said the head of North Dakota’s oil industry trade group.