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Editorial: Power line dispute a symptom

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The latest reporting on a proposed electric transmission line across a historic North Dakota battlefield suggests line advocates manipulated data regarding the historical significance of the site. An 1864 battle between American Indians and the U.S. Cavalry has been characterized as one of the most important clashes in the nation’s Indian wars. The Basin Electric line will cross the Killdeer ...

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Bakken Briefings

oil rigs

New Town motels coming Two hotels that will provide nearly 200 new guest rooms in New Town, N.D., were described to City Council members last month. Brett Erdmann reported on the progress of the two hotels his firm, New Leaf Development, is building just east of the Alco store. Erdmann said the Little Missouri Inn is on track to be ...

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Bakken Briefings

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Rig count indicates oil slowdown A precipitous drop in the number of rigs working in Divide County is indicative of a “significant slowdown” expected in North Dakota’s oil patch. “We knew two years ago a slowdown was coming, a significant slowdown,” said Lynn Helms, the state’s Mineral Resources director. One example of how the slowdown can be measured is through ...

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Bakken Briefings

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Dumping bothers Divide County Divide County Emergency Manager and Land Use Administrator Jody Gunlock is worried about illegal dumping on rural roadways. “This can happen at any time,” Gunlock said. “These guys are trying to make a quick buck. They open their valves, dump, then go back and get paid for another load.” The reason Gunlock loses sleep over dumping ...

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New Town starts police force

police

By Jerry W. Kram The New Town Police Force took over law enforcement in New Town on January 1 from the Mountrail County Sheriff’s Department. Over the course of the year, the realities of creating a new law enforcement agency in the oil patch has become apparent to Police Chief Art Walgren and the New Town City Council as turnover ...

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Bakken Boom Feels Fewer Birth Pangs (Part 1)

Bakken.com’s Mike Kopp recently went traveling in the Bakken region with business manager Andrew Lutz, what follows is his personal journey through the shale. By: Mike Kopp, Bakken.com The Bakken Boom is not what it used to be – it appears the region is moving past the pressure of Bakken birth pangs, caused by the delivery of the region’s latest ...

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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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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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ND oil spurs $4.1-B outlay for railroad

JIM GEHRZ / MCT ARCHIVES Enlarge Image   Excess gas is burned off at well sites east of Williston, N.D. BNSF is crucial in the Bakken oil boom. MINOT, N.D. — To bolster its ability to haul freight, including crude oil, Fort Worth, Texas-based BNSF Railway Co. plans to spend $4.1 billion on capital improvements in 2013, a single-year record ...

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