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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BISMARCK — A bill that would raise the threshold for reporting oil spills got mixed reviews Thursday, Jan. 12, with proponents saying it would improve government efficiency while opponents advocated for more transparency. The House Energy and Natural Resources Committee heard about two hours of testimony on House Bill 1151, which would exempt companies from reporting spills that are contained on a production site that are less than 10 barrels, or 420 gallons.
BISMARCK — Groups that represent North Dakota landowners plan to oppose a bill that would reduce the number of spills the oil industry reports. House Bill 1151 would raise the threshold on spill reporting, exempting companies from having to report spills up to 10 barrels, or 420 gallons, that are contained on an oil well site or saltwater disposal well. Bill sponsor Rep. Roscoe Streyle, R-Minot, said his proposal would bring state law in line with federal standards for reporting spills on well sites, which are designed to contain small spills.
BISMARCK — Morton County landowners who claim Dakota Access LLC deceived them into accepting an unfair price for pipeline easements are seeking more than $4 million in damages in a federal lawsuit. A group of landowners claims in a U.S. District Court case that Dakota Access agents harassed, threatened and intimidated them and used fraud and misleading statements to secure a lower price in exchange for allowing the pipeline to cross their land.
BISMARCK — The leader of the oil-rich Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation threatened to leave the oil tax agreement with North Dakota on Tuesday, Jan. 10, during a legislative hearing that brought up unresolved conflicts over how the state shares oil tax revenue with the tribe. "We are not bluffing. Oil industry, please, take that back," Chairman Mark Fox said during a meeting of the House Finance and Taxation Committee. "We'll roll the dice on what that means for production on Fort Berthold."
WASHINGTON - The online classified advertising site Backpage.com shut down its "adult" section this week hours after a Congressional report accused the website of knowingly facilitating sex trafficking. Many involved in the fight against human trafficking celebrated the removal of the adult ads Tuesday, Jan. 10, but acknowledged the sex-for-sale ads would migrate elsewhere.
BISMARCK — Key cities in North Dakota's Oil Patch are poised for additional growth as oil prices recover and will require more funding to meet the needs of a growing population, according to a new study. The growth, though, is expected to be at a more modest pace compared with recent years, said the study presented to state legislators Monday, Jan. 9.
BISMARCK — As snow continues to pile up across North Dakota, the National Weather Service is monitoring how much water content is in that snow to prepare for the spring flood outlook. This weekend, aircraft from the National Observational Hydrologic Remote Sensing Center will fly over parts of the state using high-tech instrumentation to provide data to the Weather Service, said Bismarck hydrologist Allen Schlag. "Not all snow is created equal," Schlag said. "I'm always way more interested in how much water is in the snow as opposed to the depth of the snow."
WATFORD CITY, N.D. — The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued serious safety violations to three companies after an investigation into a flash fire at a North Dakota oil well site last June that killed one worker and severely burned three others near Watford City. OSHA issued citations to the well's operator, XTO Energy, and the two servicing companies, Most Wanted Well Service and Sherwood Enterprises, following the investigation of the June 18 incident.
BELFIELD, N.D. — A federal agency has ordered Belle Fourche Pipeline to improve leak detection, remediate any pipeline in unstable land areas and take other steps to protect the environment following an oil spill in a Little Missouri River tributary. The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration issued a corrective action order to Belle Fourche, part of True Companies of Wyoming, stemming from its investigation into the spill discovered Dec. 5 by a landowner northwest of Belfield.
BELFIELD, N.D. – A federal agency has ordered Belle Fourche Pipeline to improve leak detection, remediate any pipeline in unstable land areas and take other steps to protect the environment following an oil spill in a Little Missouri River tributary. The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration issued a corrective action order to Belle Fourche, part of True Companies of Wyoming, stemming from its investigation into the spill discovered Dec. 5 by a landowner northwest of Belfield.