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By Lydia Gilbertson | Google+ Lydia Gilbertson is from Devils Lake, ND and has received a BA in English from Minnesota State University-Moorhead (2010), and a certificate in web development from MState (2013). She enjoys yoga, cooking, traveling, browsing reddit, PC gaming, and concerts of any kind. She resides in Fargo, ND with her cat Posey, and her corgi Super Nova.

Oasis buys Williston water for fracking

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Last week The Williston City Commission approved an agreement between Oasis Petroleum and the city to sell its wastewater to the company. The wastewater will be used for the hydraulic fracturing process. This contract will bring in approximately $110,000 to the city. Oasis expects to buy 440,000 barrels of wastewater. This arrangement will be positive for the city because, according ...

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Man arrested after bust yields meth, cocaine, cash

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WATFORD CITY, N.D. — A man is facing felony drug charges in the North Dakota oil patch. KXMB-TV reports that 23-year-old Oscar Eduardo Espinoza-Echeverria was arrested at a trailer park in Watford City. He was charged with two felony counts of possession of methamphetamine and cocaine with intent to deliver. The charges carry a maximum penalty of life in prison. ...

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Oil price drop and its effect on the Bakken

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CNBC’s Brian Sullivan reported from Williston, North Dakota, this morning to discuss falling oil prices’ effect on the area’s production companies. In two short segments Sullivan explains that it is not the price of oil itself that is the concern, but how fast it has gone down. In an interview with CNBC, Tom Powers of Texas stated that for falling ...

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Iowa oil pipeline meetings start today


DES MOINES — Iowa landowners in the path of a planned oil pipeline will get their first face-to-face meetings this month with Texas oil company officials seeking permission to route the underground conduit from North Dakota to Illinois through their properties. Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners LP has arranged meetings at locations in 18 affected Iowa counties beginning Monday to present ...

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Patrol: Washington man dies in North Dakota crash


KILLDEER, N.D. — North Dakota officials say a 24-year-old man from the state of Washington has died in a crash with a semitrailer. The North Dakota Highway Patrol said Sunday that Christopher Parker of Lake Stevens, Washington, died in the Saturday crash near Killdeer. Authorities say Parker was a passenger in a pickup truck that went off the road on ...

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Gay rights group gives ND cities failing grades

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BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota cities have received failing grades from a national gay rights advocacy group in its assessment of American cities’ treatment of sexuality and gender identity rights. The Human Rights Campaign rated Bismarck lowest among the North Dakota cities, with 14 points out of a possible 100 for the level of protection it offers lesbian, gay, bisexual ...

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October oil shale permits drop: is the slowdown here?

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NEW YORK, Dec 1 – U.S. oil producers have been racing full-speed ahead to drill new shale wells in recent years, even in the face of lower oil prices. But new data suggests that the much-anticipated slowdown in shale country may have finally arrived. Permits for new wells dropped 15 percent across 12 major shale formations last month, according to ...

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Police: $8,000 in items stolen from Minot Wal-Mart

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MINOT, N.D. — Authorities have arrested two Minneapolis residents who they say stole roughly $8,000 worth of merchandise from a Wal-Mart in Minot. Police said Sunday they arrested the 22-year-old and 24-year-old on Friday after responding to a report of a stolen cell phone. It’s unclear if they’ve been charged. Police say they identified the suspects using surveillance footage. They ...

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Planned Enbridge oil route similar to Sandpiper


Enbridge Energy has announced a series of public meetings in December to explain plans for its proposed reconstruction of a pipeline from Canada to Superior, including the company’s preferred route across northern Minnesota. The 1,031-mile Pipeline No. 3 would replace the company’s 1968-vintage Line No. 3 and would bring more Canadian tar sands crude oil into the U.S. The company ...

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