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Updated: N.D. shuts down handler of radioactive oilfield waste for violations in Killdeer


By Mike Nowatzki  BISMARCK – The North Dakota Department of Health has ordered a company that handles radioactive oilfield waste to shut down its facility near Killdeer after state inspectors found several violations there earlier this month. The emergency order issued Thursday alleges that Dyad Environmental LLC failed to properly store and track the disposal of the waste, which was primarily ...

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Supply and demand: In a booming economy, businesses compete for potential employees

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By Nadya Faulx Help wanted” signs have become almost as ubiquitous as pickup trucks and oil rigs in booming Dickinson, with everyone from Menards to McDonald’s looking to hire. But while the demand is there, supply has yet to catch up. An April 1 report from Job Service North Dakota’s Labor Market Information Center found that there are roughly 2,041 job ...

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Work begins on Watford City bypass


By April Baumgarten  Construction work has begun on portions of Highway 85, officials said Thursday. Workers are on the oilfield connector route four miles west of Watford City to begin work for the city’s truck bypass. The three-lane road will be reduced to two lanes with head-to-head traffic, according to a release. Speeds will also be reduced to 25 mph and ...

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Man charged in North Dakota oil patch drug case


BISMARCK, N.D. — A North Dakota man is accused in a drug conspiracy on the North Dakota oil patch. Randy Skarda, of Keene, has pleaded not guilty to five counts, including conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, distribution of meth and cocaine, and two illegal weapons charges. Authorities say Skarda was involved in an operation that sold drugs on the Fort Berthold ...

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Toxic salt spill may have to stay in Badlands


By Lauren Donovan, The Bismark Tribune MEDORA, N.D. — A spill of water twice as salty as ocean water may have to remain in the Badlands drainage near Tracy Mountain south of Medora. A Continental Resources pipeline used to inject the saltwater and enhance recovery from older oil wells apparently heaved and broke Friday, spilling some 560 barrels into a dry drainage ...

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Dalrymple: ND to use ‘every tool available’ to fight EPA emission rules: 21 states represented at summit in Bismarck to find common ground on rules


By Mike Nowatzki, Forum News Service BISMARCK — North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple vowed Wednesday to use “every tool available,” including potential legal action, to fight the federal government’s proposed tightening of emission standards for power plants and petroleum refineries. Speaking at a summit at Bismarck State College attended by state and industry officials from 21 energy-producing states and the District ...

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Propane on track: CHS terminal to help compensate for loss of Cochin Pipeline

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By Mikkel Pates, The Dickinson Press HANNAFORD — CHS Inc.’s new rail-fed propane terminal west of Hannaford in east-central North Dakota is coming together — an important step as the industry ramps up to fill a void left by the discontinuation of a key pipeline terminal. CHS is one of the region’s bigger players in the propane business, delivering propane that ...

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Proposed rezoning put on hold for Meyer development: Dickinson Planning and Zoning approves preliminary plat


By Nadya Faulx on Apr 16, 2014 at 6:07 p.m. A proposed multi-unit housing development met opposition from neighbors Wednesday, despite arguments that the new homes would provide much-needed affordable housing to Dickinson. Brian Bochman of the Meyer Real Estate Group presented a petition to rezone the 15-acre plot at 10th Street East and Franklin Street to the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission, ...

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Letter: Get oil companies out of the Bakken

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By: Ryan Gustafson, Fargo, INFORUM Open up Google and search for “satellite photos of North Dakota at night.” Western North Dakota appears brighter than Minneapolis-St. Paul. The dazzling lights come from oil companies that are “flaring” natural gas instead of harvesting it, sending untold quantities of polluted smoke into our lungs. Oil companies have invaded. They are burning, sawing, drilling and ...

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U.S. delay pushes Canada oil pipeline choke points upstream


CALGARY, Alberta (Reuters) – Enbridge Inc <ENB.TO> is on the brink of breaking through oil pipeline bottlenecks in the U.S. Midwest that have dogged the company for nearly four years, potentially ending a need to ration space at the heart of its network. But here’s the rub: Relieving congestion downstream is simply likely to expose choke points further upstream, traders ...

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