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Toxic ND: Fracking related spills cause pervasive soil & water contamination

fracking related spills In situ burn at a crude oil spill on a wetland in Mountrail County, North Dakota. A recent Duke University study found widespread contamination of water and soil, even years after a site was cleaned. (Image: USFWS via Flickr)

Brine spills from oil development in western North Dakota are releasing toxins into soils and waterways, sometimes at levels exceeding federal water quality standards, scientists reported Wednesday. Samples taken from surface waters affected by waste spills in recent years in the state’s Bakken oilfield region turned up high levels of lead, ammonium, selenium and other contaminants, Duke University researchers said. ...

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Meeting for proposed Bakken pipeline set in Killdeer

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Public Service Commission has slated a public hearing for a proposed oil pipeline in McKenzie and Dunn counties. The meeting is slated May 11 in Killdeer. The agency says BOE Pipeline LLC has submitted an application for a permit for the location of a new 42-mile long, 16-inch diameter crude oil pipeline. The ...

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Hurdles exist using CO2 to boost oil output in North Dakota

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A Houston research firm says significant barriers exist in using carbon dioxide to enhance oil recovery in North Dakota. But HIS Inc. geologist Curtis Smith told the North Dakota Legislature’s interim Taxation Committee on Wednesday that the “long-term prize” for the state could be billions of extra barrels of oil. The interim legislative committee is considering ...

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ND official: Natural gas liquids spill at gathering pipeline

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Health Department says about 42 gallons of natural gas liquids spilled at a gathering pipeline and entered a tributary to the Green River in Billings County. North Dakota Water Quality Director Karl Rockeman says Monday’s spill of about one barrel of condensate into Spring Creek was reported by pipeline operator Oneok Rockies Midstream. ...

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Enbridge pipeline replacement gets conditional approval

Enbridge buried pipeline marker for Line 9. (Image: Environmental Defence Canada via Flickr)

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Canada’s National Energy Board has granted conditional approval to a massive Enbridge Inc., project to replace a pipeline that would enable more Canadian crude to flow into the U.S. The $7.5-billion Line 3 Replacement project involves rebuilding a 1031-mile (1,660-kilometer) pipeline that’s nearly a half-century old and has had several ruptures over the years. The pipeline ...

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North Dakota tax collections continue falling below forecast

Inside the North Dakota State Capitol, the House Of Representatives. (Image: Timothy Vogel via Flickr)

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota continues to see bleaker-than-expected state tax revenue collections from declining oil activity in the state. Office of Management and Budget Director Pam Sharp says revenues for March totaled $98.8 million. That’s $13.8 million less than what had been projected. Tax collections already are down more than $20 million since a new revenue forecast was done ...

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Top 5 Bakken news stories: April 16-22

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Just in case you missed something last week, here is a recap of what articles Bakken.com readers found the most engaging from April 16 to 22. In addition to the recap, we’ve thrown in a bonus article about the Green River shale formation that appears to have resurfaced from the depths of old content. Enjoy! 5. Montana oil and gas lease ...

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