KILLDEER, N.D. — An equipment failure caused about 163 barrels, or 6,846 gallons, of crude oil to spill Saturday at a well pad in Dunn County, according to a report released by the North Dakota Department of Health on Tuesday, Dec. 11. The spill occurred about 11 miles north of Killdeer at a site owned by Burlington Resources Oil & Gas Co. About 150 barrels, or 6,300 gallons, were recovered, but the rest of the oil migrated through a stormwater gate in the berm and contaminated rangeland, the department said.
The U.S. Department of Labor has ordered Wyoming Casing Service Inc., of Dickinson, to pay $1.17 million in back wages. The department said the wages are owed to 275 current and former employees after an investigation found violations of overtime and recordkeeping requirements. Violations were found at nine locations in six states, including North Dakota, where the company operated, installing casing on oil wells.
BISMARCK — The Bismarck City Commission voted unanimously Tuesday, Nov. 28, to participate in the multidistrict litigation against opioid manufacturers and distributors, and to be represented by a consortium of law firms — Motley Rice, Ferrer Poirot Wansbrough, Fears Nachawati and McNamee Hosea. In May, Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem filed a lawsuit against Purdue Pharma, the nation’s leading manufacturer of prescription opioids, to recover damages the state has suffered from opioid addiction.
FAIRFIELD, N.D. - A tanker truck rollover in Billings County on Saturday caused about 185 barrels, or 7,770 gallons, of produced water to spill, impacting rangeland and Ash Coulee Creek, the North Dakota Department of Health reported Tuesday, Nov. 27. The incident occurred about 4 miles west of Fairfield involving a tanker truck owned by Liquid Connections Inc. Fairfield is about 40 miles northwest of Dickinson.
DICKINSON, N.D. -- At the end of the month, District 36 Republicans will choose their replacement to finish the term of former state Sen. Kelly Armstrong, R-Dickinson. District Chairman John Enderle said, on Nov. 30, the organization’s membership will vote at the Biesiot Activities Center on which fellow members it would like to see represent the district.
BISMARCK - After tallying all forms of early voting, including ballots cast at the polls as well as absentee and vote-by-mail ballot, totals reached 144,774 by 3:30 p.m. Monday, according to Secretary of State Al Jaeger. The totals have surpassed those from 2012 and 2016, both presidential election years in which voter turnout is traditionally higher than in midterm elections. In 2016, the number was 134,805. In 2012, the number was 136,685.
Six Native American voters who challenged North Dakota’s voter identification law will be allowed to vote on Tuesday under an order signed Friday by a federal judge. Attorneys for the voters worked with the state of North Dakota to stipulate that six individuals who were part of a lawsuit against Secretary of State Al Jaeger have the proper documentation to vote next week. U.S. District Court Judge Daniel Hovland signed an order adopting the agreement on Friday.
BISMARCK — More than 100 inmates of the North Dakota State Penitentiary in Bismarck raised $1,035 in a charity walk earlier this month. Fifteen prison staff also participated in the event held Oct. 19 in the prison's recreation yard. Proceeds from the charity walk are to benefit St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, according to the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Prisoners and staff also raised more than $6,600 from two previous charity events in the past year.
BISMARCK -- A 36-year-old Bismarck woman has been charged in connection to an assault on a bus driver in Mandan. Megan Rosario Hernandez was charged Monday, Oct. 29, with felony tampering with a public service and misdemeanor counts of criminal trespass and disorderly conduct. Mandan police responded to an altercation at a bus stop in northwest Mandan at about 7:43 a.m. Oct. 10. Police say the Harlow's bus driver, a 73-year-old Lincoln man, was physically assaulted by a 12-year-old boy.
NEW TOWN, N.D. -- A spill occurred Thursday at the Myrmidon SWD 1 salt water disposal well, about six miles southwest of New Town, according to the North Dakota Oil and Gas Division. Marathon Oil Company reported Friday that 300 barrels or 12,600 gallons of brine released due to valve leak. All product released had been recovered at the time of reporting. Product was contained on-site.