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WATFORD CITY, N.D. — One energy company said Tuesday it wants to construct a new pipeline as soon as possible despite low oil prices while a second company said its...
BISMARCK — North Dakota will soon have more staff fighting human trafficking and victims will have better access to emergency housing, legal help and other services using new state grants. The state recently awarded about $1.15 million in human trafficking grants that were set aside during last year's legislative session. Those dollars, along with federal funding recently awarded, will address needs not previously met for victims of human trafficking in North Dakota.
WILLISTON, N.D — A sex trafficking survivor who reached out for help while in Williston in late 2014 says she was too terrified to testify after the way law enforcement handled the case. "Jessica," who reported to police she was assaulted after she failed to make her quota for her pimp, said the man was released from jail shortly after his arrest and showed up at the hotel where she was staying.
WILLISTON, N.D. — Seven people have been arrested in a multi-state drug trafficking and money laundering ring that included drug distribution in Williston, Fargo and the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation, federal authorities said Friday. Law enforcement agencies in North Dakota, Idaho and Nevada executed 18 search warrants on Thursday while investigating a conspiracy to distribute heroin, oxycodone and methamphetamine, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Idaho announced.
BISMARCK — The North Dakota Public Service Commission approved more than $2 billion in energy-related projects in 2015, the agency said this week. The siting permits approved last year included 16 transmission pipelines totaling more than 495 miles, including both new projects and pipelines that were converted to transmission pipelines.
STANLEY, N.D. — Pipeline spills should become a smaller problem in North Dakota after new regulations are developed, a state official said Tuesday. "We shouldn't have large spills anymore. That's my goal," said Kevin Connors, pipeline program supervisor for the Department of Mineral Resources. Connors outlined the new state pipeline program to about 300 landowners, state officials and oil company representatives who gathered Tuesday in Stanley for a Northwest Landowners Association expo.
WILLISTON, N.D. — With less competition for employees, some state agencies are beginning to reduce or phase out extra pay for western North Dakota employees. The North Dakota Department of Transportation is among the agencies gradually reducing stipends designed to fill critical jobs in the Oil Patch where high wages made it challenging to recruit and retain workers. Economic conditions have changed with low oil prices, less competition for workers and more affordable housing.
WILLISTON, N.D. — Oil prices in North Dakota have reached historic lows, but not quite as low as some national headlines portrayed this weekend. A story that appeared on Bloomberg.com with the headline "The North Dakota crude oil that's worth less than nothing" referred to Friday's price for North Dakota sour crude as -$.50 a barrel, as posted by Flint Hills Resources. But on Tuesday, Flint Hills Resources spokesman Jake Reint said the negative price was an error. It should have said $1.50 a barrel, Reint said.
BISMARCK — The company developing a massive drilling unit in Dunn County said Wednesday it plans to keep drilling until at least 2019 to develop 60 more wells. Burlington Resources, a subsidiary of ConocoPhillips, said developing the Corral Creek-Bakken Unit has taken longer than anticipated because the company added more wells and cut one drilling rig because of low oil prices.
WILLISTON, N.D. — The same man affected a year ago by the state's largest pipeline spill discovered Monday that land he rents is now the site of a new cleanup operation. Williams County farmer Ron Sylte drove by a field where he grows durum to find crews excavating contaminated soil after a pipeline owned by Meadowlark Midstream leaked 187 barrels, or 7,854 gallons, of saltwater last week.