By Amy Dalrymple, Forum News Service
CROSBY, N.D. — The company that owns a saltwater pipeline that leaked last week in Divide County shut down its system after detecting a problem, but it took a few days before workers found the source of the leak. Samson Resources discovered on Aug.
BISMARCK — Senate and House lawmakers gave final approval Wednesday to a bill designed to send a greater share of oil tax revenue to areas of western North Dakota strained by the impacts of oil development. House Bill 1176 will send about $630.8 million in oil production tax revenue to political subdivisions in the 2015-17 biennium, or nearly $133 million more than under current law. The bill changes the funding formula to send 30 percent of oil revenue to counties, cities, schools and townships while sending 70 percent to the state, a 5 percent increase for the local share. Gov.
WILLISTON, N.D. — A judge here set bond at $2 million Thursday for a man charged with murder in connection with the death of a man whose body was found with a mattress earlier this week. Tovias Cerna Carrillo, 48, is accused of fatally shooting Juan L. Palacios, 51, on Jan. 18 or 19 in Williston, according to the court complaint. Palacios had been reported missing person and was last seen Jan. 18 in a Williston trailer court. Authorities found his body 13 miles east of Williston on N.D. Highway 1804 with a mattress.
WILLISTON, N.D. – A documentary about a Williston church that opened its doors to job-seekers who needed a place to sleep will premiere today at the Sundance Film Festival. “The Overnighters” by San Francisco filmmaker Jesse Moss documents the stories of men who arrive in the oil boomtown seeking new opportunities but are faced with a shortage of housing and harsh living conditions. Moss visited North Dakota 16 times over two years to film men and women who stayed at Williston’s Concordia Lutheran Church while searching for jobs.
WILLISTON, N.D. – North Dakota produced 973,045 barrels of oil per day in November, a nearly 3 percent increase and another all-time high, the Department of Mineral Resources said today. The state now has 10,023 producing oil wells, with wells in the Bakken and Three Forks formations accounting for about two-thirds of the oil wells, according to the state’s preliminary figures.