Amy Dalrymple is a Forum News Service reporter stationed in the Oil Patch. She can be reached at email@example.com or (701) 580-6890.
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TIOGA, N.D. — "Suspicious activity" may be to blame for two oil-related spills reported in Williams County over the weekend that released produced water and affected at least one nearby wetland. The incidents were two of five significant spills reported Tuesday by state officials. Hess Corp.
WILLISTON, N.D. — A contractor that stockpiled filter socks in McKenzie County last year paid a $16,000 fine, with $87,000 in fines dismissed, and agreed to no longer operate in North Dakota. Continental Resources, the leading Bakken oil producer that hired RP Services, also received a notice of violation from the North Dakota Department of Health, but the department dismissed the violation last month and assessed no fines. Meanwhile, state officials say North Dakota has had no more incidents of illegal dumping of filter socks since a new rule took effect last June.
WILLISTON, N.D. — Ahmed Osman recently worked 16-hour days hauling water and sand used to frack oil and gas wells in western North Dakota. But Osman now sees mostly eight-hour days as companies in the Bakken respond to low oil prices by cutting operations. "It's very slow," said Osman, a truck driver who moved from Fargo to Williston last year. Osman, afraid he may get laid off, was among many workers who stopped by a job fair in Williston last week for a company in a different sector of the oil industry that is hiring. "We are worried about it," Osman said.
Hess Corp. to keep drilling in Bakken, find ways to cut spending.
WILLISTON -- Temperatures that reached into the 50s here Tuesday hampered cleanup efforts at the site of a massive pipeline leak, making the contamination spread more quickly into the state's waterways, officials said. Melting snow and increased flows made it difficult for cleanup crews to collect some of the contamination in Blacktail Creek, said Dave Glatt, chief of the North Dakota Department of Health's Environmental Health Section. A pipeline leak discovered Jan.
WASHINGTON -- Sen. John Hoeven said Tuesday he expects Congress to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, despite a threat from the White House to veto the legislation. Hoeven, R-N.D., and Sen.
WILLISTON -- A man charged with human trafficking in Williston pleaded not guilty to the charges Friday as his attorney argued there is no evidence linking him to the sex trade. Keith A.
BISMARCK — A Milwaukee man pleaded guilty Thursday to enticing two women to travel to North Dakota to work as prostitutes. Levell Lee Durr, 32, pleaded guilty to a charge of coercion and enticement in U.S. District Court. A plea agreement calls for Durr to serve one year, nine months in prison.
MINOT, N.D. -; Police here arrested 10 men over the weekend for solicitation of prostitution during an undercover sting. Minot Police Capt. Dan Strandberg said the 8½-hour operation on Friday resulted in the most arrests the department has made during a prostitution sting. Undercover officers posted two online ads and the men were arrested after arriving at Noble Inn in Minot, which cooperated with the operation. Officers could have made even more arrests if they'd had more resources to arrest and process the individuals, Strandberg said.
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...