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BISMARCK—A company developing a controversial drilling mega-unit in Dunn County that initially had a January target for completion will give an update on the progress Wednesday during a hearing in Bismarck. The North Dakota Oil and Gas Division will hold a hearing at 9 a.m. Wednesday to review the status of the Corral Creek-Bakken Unit, a 30,000-acre oil development near Killdeer.
WILLISTON, N.D. – The company responsible for North Dakota's largest pipeline spill reported another leak on the same pipeline system Friday. Meadowlark Midstream, a subsidiary of Summit Midstream, reported Friday...
BISMARCK—A man wanted in Pennsylvania for charges related to human trafficking allegedly tried to chew off his finger pads to hide his identity after Bismarck police arrested him last week on similar charges. Thurman Lamont Stanley, 39, is charged in South Central Judicial District Court with two counts of sexual servitude, a Class A felony, after Bismarck police were called to a hotel Dec. 30 for a report of prostitution. Court records say:
BISMARCK—The North Dakota Public Service Commission approved Tuesday a crude oil pipeline that will cross Lake Sakakawea. Commissioners, who supported the project unanimously, said Sacagawea Pipeline Co. is taking several steps to minimize potential impacts to the lake, including boring at least 100 feet under the lakebed.
WILLISTON, N.D. — North Dakota has fewer than 60 drilling rigs operating in the state for the first time since 2009, about a third of what were operating a year ago. The state's rig count fell to 58 on Monday, with three more rigs scheduled to become idle after crews complete drilling the current well. The last time North Dakota's rig count was below 60 was in October 2009 when the state had 55 rigs, said Alison Ritter, spokeswoman for the Department of Mineral Resources.
TIOGA, N.D. — As drilling and fracking have slowed in North Dakota, Rob Bertola with XTO Energy said he often gets asked if he's still busy. But Bertola, operations foreman for a natural gas processing plant, hasn't experienced the slowdown. In 2014 and 2015, XTO expanded its Nesson Gathering plant near Tioga, added 75 miles of new pipeline and added new compressor stations, an investment of more than $120 million.
WASHINGTON—A provision to lift the U.S. ban on oil exports is included in a government spending bill, giving North Dakota's congressional delegation hope the 40-year-old ban could be lifted later this year. "We are two votes and a signature away from getting this done," Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., told Forum News Service. The language is included in the year-end funding bill, which is must-pass legislation, said Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D. "We have to put it in something that the president won't veto," Hoeven said in an interview.
BISMARCK — More than 20,000 miles of gathering pipelines in North Dakota have operated with little regulation, but the supervisor of a new pipeline program says that's changing. Seven of 10 positions have been filed in the Department of Mineral Resources pipeline program, staff positions that will allow state regulators to have oversight over small pipelines that transport crude oil, saltwater and other liquids. Kevin Connors, who took over in October as supervisor of the program, said four pipeline inspectors are out in the field and the department is working to hire two more. "I
MINOT — A woman convicted last week in Minot for human trafficking was also a victim and should have received better services, says an advocate for sex trafficking victims. Tayari Chanel Meadows, 20, was released from jail last week and sentenced to three years of probation for her role in trafficking a 14-year-old runaway from Las Vegas. Minot police arrested Meadows last April after the teen's mother discovered her daughter was being advertised for prostitution on Backpage.com.