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Feds, groups reach tentative deal over oil lease emissions

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Environmental groups and the U.S. government reached a tentative agreement to end a dispute over greenhouse gas emissions from federal oil and gas leases in Montana. Attorneys for the Department of Justice and the environmentalists filed notice in federal court Friday that they have a settlement in principle over a lawsuit that pushes the government to ...

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Decision to end Williston crew camps might prompt lawsuit

The city commission's decision to end Williston crew camps will likely face a legal battle. (Image courtesy of Target Logistics)

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — A company that provides workforce housing in the western North Dakota oil patch says it will sue to continue operating crew camps in Williston. The City Commission late last year set a July 1 deadline for the camps to shut down, and commissioners earlier this month rejected a compromise proposal to instead phase out the camps ...

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Official: North Dakota communities lacking natural gas at disadvantage

State officials say that North Dakota communities lacking natural gas are at a disadvantage. (Image: Nic McPhee via Flickr)

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — An economic development official says the lack of natural gas service is hampering scores of communities in the state. Economic Development Association of North Dakota President Connie Ova Communities says communities that lack natural gas are at an economic disadvantage. Public Service Commission Chairwoman Julie Fedorchak says there are 368 North Dakota communities without natural gas ...

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Gas line explosions bring new safety proposal

Gas line explosions bring new safety proposal

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. officials moved Thursday to strengthen safety rules for the nation’s 300,000-mile network of natural gas transmission pipelines in response to numerous fiery accidents, including a 2010 California explosion that killed eight people and injured more than 50. The Department of Transportation proposal would expand inspection and repair rules to include lines in some rural areas ...

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