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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. Enbridge Energy Partners and Marathon Petroleum Corp. have entered into a joint venture to purchase a minority percent interest in the Dakota Access Pipeline and the Energy Transfer Crude Pipeline, which are expected to be complete later this year and would transport crude from the Bakken to Midwest refineries and on to the Gulf Coast.
BISMARCK — Gov. Jack Dalrymple on Monday appointed Air National Guard Brig. Gen. Robert Becklund to be the next deputy adjutant general of the North Dakota National Guard. Becklund currently serves as executive director for the North Dakota Northern Plains Unmanned Aircraft Systems Test Site in Grand Forks. Becklund replaces Maj. Gen. Alan Dohrmann, who Dalrymple appointed to serve as the state's adjutant general last year.
WATFORD CITY, N.D. — The public will be asked for input next week on alternatives for the proposed four-laning of U.S. Highway 85 south of Watford City, but none of the options include maintaining a two-lane highway through Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Some conservation advocates have argued against expanding Highway 85 for a 7-mile stretch in the sensitive Badlands area that crosses the North Unit of the park and the Little Missouri Scenic River.
WASHINGTON — North Dakota's top oil regulator told members of a House subcommittee Wednesday that proposed federal regulations would harm the state's ability to reduce natural gas flaring. Lynn Helms, director of the Department of Mineral Resources, was among six panelists who testified before the Energy and Power Subcommittee of the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee. The hearing focused on the Environmental Protection Agency's regulation of energy during the Obama administration.
TIOGA, N.D. - Oil well pads are getting bigger in western North Dakota as companies figure out how to get the most oil out of the Bakken. Hess Corp. has the Bakken's largest well pad with 18 wells on a single location, but the state's top oil regulator says he expects to see mega-pads get even larger. "At any time in the not too distant future, their record is going to be eclipsed," said Lynn Helms, director of the Department of Mineral Resources.
ROSS, N.D. — The oilfield worker who died Monday after being struck by equipment has been identified as Paul William Green II, 36, of Alger, Mich., the Mountrail County Sheriff's Office said. Green was pronounced dead at a well site about 4½ miles northeast of Ross after a deputy responded to a 911 call about 11 p.m. Monday.