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The Latest: Retrofitting Montana power plant would be costly

Colstrip, coal-fired power plant

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Latest on the cost of reducing greenhouse gas emissions from Montana’s Colstrip power plant. (all times local): 12:30 p.m. Federal officials say retrofitting Montana’s largest coal-fired power plant to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions would cost at least $1.2 billion. Representatives of the Department of Energy presented that finding to Gov. Steve Bullock on Wednesday ...

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Man accused of stealing oil patch explosives signs plea deal

Tyler Porter, explosives

FARGO, N.D. (AP) – A man accused of storing stolen explosives, guns and hundreds of rounds of ammunition in his western North Dakota home has signed a plea agreement with the government, according to federal court documents released Wednesday. Authorities accuse Tyler Porter, 35, of stealing more than 200 explosives from two companies operating in the North Dakota oil patch ...

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North Dakota Petroleum Council sets annual meeting in Minot

pump jack, north dakota oil production

MINOT, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Petroleum Council is holding its annual meeting in Minot next month. The trade organization represents several hundred companies working in North Dakota’s oil and gas industry. Officials during the 35th annual meeting at the Holiday Inn Riverside Sept. 19-21 are slated to give updates on the oil patch, discuss regulations and address issues ...

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Far-reaching tribal solidarity displayed at pipeline protest

Dakota Access, Pipeline Protest

NEAR THE STANDING ROCK SIOUX RESERVATION, N.D. (AP) — Native Americans from reservations hundreds of miles away from North Dakota have joined the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s growing protest against a $3.8 billion four-state oil pipeline that they say could disturb sacred sites and impact drinking water for 8,000 tribal members and millions further downstream. About 30 people have been ...

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Regulator: Dakota Access pipeline worker killed in accident

pipeline, pipeline tax

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A man working on the four-state Dakota Access oil pipeline was killed in an apparent accident in western North Dakota, a state regulator said Saturday. North Dakota Public Service Commissioner Brian Kalk said the man, whose name has not been released, died of his injuries Friday afternoon. The man was working as subcontractor for Dallas-based operator ...

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Tribe trucks totem pole 4,800 miles in fossil fuels protest

totem pole, protest

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A Pacific Northwest tribe is traveling nearly 5,000 miles across Canada and the United States with a 22-foot-tall totem pole on a flatbed truck in a symbolic journey meant to galvanize opposition to fossil fuel infrastructure projects they believe will imperil native lands. This is the fourth year the Lummi Nation in northwest Washington has embarked ...

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Judge to rule on tribe’s oil pipeline request by Sept. 9

Dakota Access, pipeline protest

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A ruling in the request by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to stop a four-state oil pipeline under construction near their reservation will come by Sept. 9, a federal judge said Wednesday. The tribe is challenging the Army Corps of Engineers’ decision to grant permits for Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners’ $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline, which ...

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