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North Dakota oilfield cleanup project scrubbed due to funding

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Scientists have halted a project aimed at finding a new way to restore North Dakota land ruined by briny oilfield wastewater, determining there wasn’t enough money allocated to complete the research. The scientists, at the University of North Dakota’s Energy and Environmental Research Center, have found that the site in Renville County is double the size ...

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Trump to deliver energy policy speech in North Dakota

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump will deliver his first policy speech on energy on Thursday, hours after locking up enough delegates to secure the GOP nomination. Trump will be speaking at the annual Williston Basin Petroleum Conference in Bismarck, North Dakota, and is expected to lay out an “all of the above” approach with a renewed ...

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Man accused of stealing explosives in North Dakota oil patch

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A Williston man accused of stealing explosives from companies operating in the North Dakota oil patch and stashing them in his home also had prohibited guns, more than 1,100 rounds of ammunition and books on how to build explosives, federal authorities said. According to court documents, an informant told a regional drug task force that Tyler ...

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Oil tycoon, industry, congressman lured Donald Trump to Bismarck

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — It took North Dakota’s leading oil industry group, the state’s lone congressman and an oil billionaire from Oklahoma to lure Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump to Bismarck. Trump’s keynote Thursday at the annual Williston Basin Petroleum Council Conference and Expo was sold out, with more than 4,000 tickets made available in addition to those included with ...

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Bismarck elementary students got an energy education on Wednesday at the Williston Basin Petroleum Conference

Oil Can Kids Day

250 students, mostly fourth-graders, attended the Oil Can Kids Day event at the Bismarck Civic Center. Fourth-grade classes rotated through different energy education stations, each one a snapshot of where energy comes from and how it is used. The program also teaches students about tools and skills they’ll need if they work in a trade. At one station, kids participated ...

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Henrikson sentenced to life in murder-for-hire scheme

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SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The mastermind of a murder-for-hire scheme that originated from business dealings in the North Dakota oil patch was sentenced Tuesday in federal court to two consecutive life terms, intended to keep him in prison for the rest of his life. James Henrikson, 37, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Salvador Mendoza for ordering the killings of ...

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Williston Basin oil expo comes amid trouble times for industry

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota’s oil expo and conference kicks off at a troubled time for the industry, with depressed prices and a drop in drilling activity that has hurt both oil companies and oil-producing states like this one. The three-day Williston Basin Petroleum Conference and Expo starts Tuesday in Bismarck with a theme of “Bakken Forward,” featuring seminars ...

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Crews excavating North Dakota land after large spill

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Crews in North Dakota excavated pastureland after more than 120,000 gallons of oil and drilling wastewater overflowed from a tank, the state Health Department said Friday. The spill happened Wednesday morning near Marmarth in southwestern North Dakota at a site operated by Plano, Texas-based Denbury Onshore LLC, according to Bill Suess, an environmental scientist who heads ...

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