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KEENE, N.D. – Human error caused an oil storage tank to overflow in McKenzie County, causing an oil spill of 610 barrels, or 25,620 gallons, the North Dakota Health Department said Thursday, May 11. Crestwood Midstream discovered the spill Friday, April 28, at a transmission pipeline distribution point about 11 miles southeast of Keene, said Karl Rockeman, director of the Division of Water Quality.
MARMARTH, N.D. — A piping leak caused about 560 barrels, or 23,520 gallons, of saltwater to spill Wednesday, May 10, at a saltwater disposal well in Bowman County, the North Dakota Oil and Gas Division said. Denbury OnShore LLC reported the spill at a location about 7 miles south of Marmarth in southwest North Dakota, just east of the Montana border. The spill was contained to the well site. All but five barrels, or 210 gallons, have been recovered. A state inspector has been to the site. (FNS)
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FARGO, N.D.—Less than one month after unexpectedly losing its starting point guard, North Dakota State's men's basketball team has signed a new one. Bison head coach David Richman announced Wednesday, May 10, the signing of Nnamdi Van Dulm to the 2017 recruiting class. Van Dulm is a 6-foot-4 guard from West Allis, Wis., who played one season at Lake Land College in Illinois. He will join the Bison this summer with three seasons of eligibility remaining.
MINNEAPOLIS—The ringleader of a multi-state drug trafficking organization prosecutors say flooded the Red Lake and White Earth reservations with heroin was sentenced Wednesday. Omar Beasley, 39, received a 25-year prison sentence after he was convicted of one count of conspiracy to distribute heroin, methamphetamine, oxycodone, hydromorphone, hydrocodone, and methadone. Thirty-nine other co-defendants have also been or will be sentenced in the case, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office.
FARGO—Elaine Chao, the U.S. secretary of transportation, will address a conference here on the unmanned aerial systems industry, Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., announced Wednesday, May 10. The 2017 Drone Focus Conference, a gathering of local, national and global leaders in unmanned aerial systems, will be May 31 in Fargo.
ALEXANDER, N.D.—A power failure caused a tank to overflow and spill oil and produced water at a saltwater disposal well in McKenzie County, the North Dakota Oil and Gas Division said Tuesday, May 9. McKenzie Energy Partners reported 6,300 gallons of oil and 6,300 gallons of produced water spilled on Monday at a site about 13 miles northeast of Alexander. The spill was contained on location within the dikes and all but 84 gallons have been recovered, the Oil and Gas Division said. A state inspector has been on site.
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VIVIAN, S.D. — A Vivian man faces a first-degree murder charge for the death of a 7-week-old infant. Gerald Raymond Brink, 36, faces life in prison or death for his alleged involvement in the May 4 death, according to the South Dakota Attorney General's office. Brink, who was arrested on Saturday, was charged with one count of first-degree murder. Lyman County State's Attorney Steve Smith said the number and type of charges are still being determined because "everything is so fluid."
NEW TOWN, N.D. – Two drivers died over the weekend in a fiery crash involving a crude oil truck and a truck carrying sand for hydraulic fracturing that collided head-on, the North Dakota Highway Patrol said. The crash was reported after 12:50 a.m. on Saturday, May 6, on the Highway 23B bypass in New Town, authorities said.