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The tribe had been acting as a cooperating agency in the Army Corps' review of the controversial pipeline, but announced on Thursday that it has pulled over concerns about the agency's transparency and insufficient plans to address an oil leak.
A Texas company said in a report to North Dakota regulators that someone opened valves at one of their well sites during the night, causing more than 18,000 gallons of brine water to spill.
North Dakota's flagship, $1 billion carbon capture venture moved a step forward Friday with a key greenlight from top state regulators.
North Dakota has pursued a legal challenge to a moratorium that President Biden's administration imposed for oil leasing on federal lands. Lease sales are slated to reopen in North Dakota in the coming months.

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The South Dakota Legislature has a menu of infrastructure fixes this year, including some state-owned spillways damaged in flooding and record rainfall in 2018 and '19. But few lawmakers will invoke the words "climate change," which an engineering professor says the state is not prepared to address.
While numerous other oil and gas producing states joined a single lawsuit to challenge an executive order by President Biden last year, North Dakota has opted to pursue a solo case against the administration.
A years-old effort to build a bridge over the Little Missouri River in a remote part of the Badlands has been on ice since commissioners in Billings County voted this summer to abandon plans to push the project through using eminent domain. And last week, an attempt by the commission to get the state to take over the project fell flat after North Dakota's top transportation official said his department doesn't have the authority for that level of involvement.
The river running along South Dakota' eastern border -- which just 10 years ago made a list of America's most polluted waterways -- still has inadequate protection from runoff from farms, golf courses, and industry sites, say water experts. A $3 million voluntary program run by the South Dakota Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources started last month to attract landowners to create buffer strips, but has yet to attract any applicants.
The Iowa-based Summit Carbon Solutions' proposed Midwest Carbon Express pipeline would be the world's largest carbon capture system, coalescing emissions from ethanol plants around the region and shipping it to North Dakota for permanent storage. But as the project picks up steam, it has prompted concern among landowners and environmental groups.
The oil slick, first reported Saturday, originated from a broken pipeline less than three miles off the coast of Huntington Beach connected to an offshore oil platform known as Elly. The rupture has poured more than 126,000 gallons of crude into coastal waters.

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Children will, on average, suffer seven times more heatwaves and nearly three times more droughts, floods and crop failures due to fast-accelerating climate change, found a report from aid agency Save the Children.
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission approved a resolution last week, in opposition to public testimony, to sell six parcels of game-production areas, including a prized nature spot on Pickerel Lake in the glacial lakes region.
In the two months since the announcement at the state's largest oil industry conference, environmental groups and fossil fuel leaders alike have looked for more specifics on what exactly needs to be done to achieve such an ambitious climate milestone in under a decade.

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