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600 barrels of brine leak in Dunn Co., all now recovered


By Katherine Lymn About 600 barrels of brine, or saltwater, leaked from piping at a Dunn County saltwater disposal well Tuesday and were recovered, the North Dakota Department of Mineral Resources announced Wednesday. Belfield-based MBI Energy Services reported the leak at the site about 16 miles southwest of Killdeer. A state inspector will visit the site, the DMR said. Original Post

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Water down the issue: County, transportation officials meet to discuss dust problem


By Katherine Lymn on Feb 25, 2014 at 11:41 p.m. KILLDEER — As representatives from oil-impacted western North Dakota counties discussed road issues at a round-table meeting Tuesday, one issue hovered in the air: dust. Using oilfield-produced water to prevent dust on country roads is one solution getting tried out in various counties, county and North Dakota Department of Transportation officials said at ...

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Killdeer, Dunn County at odds over wastewater treatment plant


By Katherine Lymn Today at 12:13 a.m. MANNING — Dunn County and its largest city are in dispute over an application for a wastewater treatment facility. The county approved the conditional use permit last year for a wastewater treatment plant proposed for just west of Killdeer off Highway 200 on land owned by BG Assets LLC. But the Killdeer City Commission on Jan. ...

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Dunn County Commission Will No Longer Tolerate Injury to Public Roads

Dunn County Road

By: Glenn Eckelberg, Dunn County Chair Oil and gas producers in Dunn County, ND have been causing massive amounts of injury to public roads. In 2013 Dunn County has experienced growing problems with companies affiliated with energy development driving tracked vehicles on public roads in violation of North Dakota law. In some instances, these tracked vehicles were driven on roads ...

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As Oil Floods Plains Towns, Crime Pours In

Crime in the Bakken

Matthew Staver for The New York Times Sgt. Daniel Blood making an arrest last month in Watford City, N.D. Since 2005, arrests there have risen more than fivefold. SIDNEY, Mont. — One cold morning last year, a math teacher jogging through her hometown in eastern Montana was abducted, strangled and buried in a shallow grave. Charged in her death were ...

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Plans for a Killdeer Mountains powerline scrapped


KILLDEER, N.D. (AP) — Basin Electric Power Cooperative is scrapping plans to build an electrical substation in the Killdeer Mountains area of western North Dakota, but is still planning to build a transmission line in the area of a historical 1864 battle between Army soldiers and American Indians. The utility wants to build the 200-mile line from the Antelope Valley ...

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Basin Electric Power Cooperative proposes Killdeer Mountain powerlines

Basin Electric

BISMARCK — A power company is planning to build electrical transmission lines and a substation in the area of a historical 1864 battle between Army soldiers and American Indians in what is now western North Dakota. An alliance seeking to protect the environment and history of the Killdeer Mountains already is battling oil drilling there, and member Rob Sand calls ...

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Alliance wants a second look


KILLDEER, ND An alliance working to protect the environment and history of the Killdeer Mountains wants the North Dakota Industrial Commission to reconsider how oil is being tapped in the area. The Killdeer Mountain Alliance has asked members of the commission Gov. Jack Dalrymple, Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring and Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem to include the Killdeer Mountains on a ...

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Federal drug czar touring ND, Montana Oil Patch

Gil Kerlikowske

FARGO — Of all the warning bells sounded by law enforcement officials in North Dakota and Montana about crime associated with the Bakken Oil Patch’s rapid population growth, the one that seems to ring true involves drug trafficking. Michael Cotter, U.S. attorney from Montana, cites an April 2012 meeting he sponsored that was attended by about 150 law enforcement officials, ...

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