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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.

Thompson bill addresses two important safety concerns

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Legislation by U.S. Rep. Mike Thompson to improve security at America’s embassies and for rail and refineries passed the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday and now heads to the president’s desk for his signature, the St. Helena Democrat’s office announced. H.R. 4681, the Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015, grew partially out of the 2012 terrorist attack out ...

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Power plant shut down by fire being repaired

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BEULAH, N.D. — A western North Dakota power plant that was shut down after a fire last week should be running at half capacity by Christmas. No one was hurt in the Dec. 4 early morning fire at the Coyote Station coal-powered plant near Beulah. Minnesota-based Otter Tail Power Co. said a mechanical failure led to the fire, but the ...

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Midwest lawmakers react to ND order to treat crude oil

oil transporting

Local legislators supported a recent move by North Dakota officials requiring the oil industry to treat crude oil. North Dakota officials Tuesday ordered the oil industry to reduce volatile gases in Bakken crude oil to make it safer to transport via oil trains. The order by the state Industrial Commission, a three-member board that includes the governor, requires oil companies ...

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Spending bill delays protections for sage grouse

BILLINGS, Montana — A legislative rider in Congress’ $1.1 trillion spending bill would delay protections for a wide-ranging Western bird that’s been on a collision course with the oil and gas industry. The Obama administration faced a September 2015 deadline to propose protections for greater sage grouse under a court-approved settlement with wildlife advocates. But the spending package agreed to ...

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Oil, saltwater spills in 3 locations

oil slick

Today the Department of Mineral Resources stated that there was a contained oil spill one mile north of Williston. A failed valve is the reported cause of the 400 barrel spill. The well, dubbed the M. Macklin 15-22 1H, is owned by Statoil Oil & Gas LP.  A state inspector will visit the site within the day. Last night the ...

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Oil industry trucks worry Glenrock-area residents

Oil Truck

GLENROCK, Wyo. — A surge in oil field truck traffic is a potential safety hazard and Converse County officials need to do more to keep the trucks out of their neighborhoods, homeowners in the Glenrock area said. Oil development and related truck traffic has been steadily on the rise in eastern Wyoming for several years now. Recently Oklahoma City-based Chesapeake ...

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Gas workers in Pa., W.Va. to get back wages

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Natural gas drilling contractors working in the Marcellus Shale have agreed to pay nearly $4.5 million in back pay to 5,310 workers in Pennsylvania and West Virginia after an investigation that found violations of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act, federal officials said. A majority of the violations involved improper payment of overtime. Some salaried employees did ...

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Strip clubs lose liquor license

strip clubs

At a meeting last night Williston Mayor Howard Klug and commissioners unanimously approved the suspension of the liquor licenses from both Whispers and Heartbreaker’s in downtown Williston. Both establishments are located on Williston’s main street downtown. They will lose their licenses for 60 days due to an increase in calls about the businesses. In 2013, the Williston Police Department received ...

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North Dakota regulators order treatment of crude oil for safety

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North Dakota officials on Tuesday ordered the oil industry to reduce volatile gases in Bakken crude oil to make it safer to transport via oil trains. The order by the state Industrial Commission, a three-member board that includes the governor, requires oil companies to use equipment that removes light, potentially explosive hydrocarbons before shipping. It takes effect April 1. “This ...

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