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Vandalism may have caused oil spill in Williams County

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An oil spill in Williams County is suspected to have been caused by vandalism, the North Dakota Department of Health reported Monday. The spill was first noticed on Friday at a Murex Petroleum-operated well site, roughly 2.5 miles northwest of Tioga, North Dakota. Bill Suess, the Department of Health spill investigation program manager, told the Forum News Service that on ...

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Construction on Bakken pipeline gathering terminals to begin this winter

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Construction on six gathering terminals for the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota is set to begin in January 2016, reports The Bakken Magazine. Matrix Service Inc., the firm constructing the terminals for Dakota Access LLC, said the six projects have an estimated total value of about $330 million. The above-ground storage tanks at the gathering stations are planned for ...

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6 North Dakota airports getting federal funds for upgrades

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BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota’s congressional delegation says six western North Dakota airports are getting nearly $10 million for improvements. The money from the U.S. Department of Transportation is slated for airports in Williston, Stanley, Tioga, Garrison, Dickinson and Mercer County. The Tioga airport is getting the bulk of the money, with $5 million slated for construction of a taxiway ...

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Lake Sakakawea pipeline: BLM approves Hess project

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The United States Bureau of Land Management has granted approval to the proposed Hess pipeline project crossing Lake Sakakawea, reports The Dickinson Press. After conducting an environmental assessment, the BLM found no significant impact related to the Hess Hawkeye pipeline project. The $105 million pipeline project, owned by Hess Corp., will convert an existing 8-inch gas pipeline to transfer crude ...

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Bakken schools keeping eye on low, fluctuating oil prices

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BISMARCK, N.D. — Some school administrators in North Dakota’s Bakken oil region are keeping an eye on student enrollment as oil prices fluctuate and some families leave for work elsewhere. Officials at schools in Dickinson, Tioga, Ray, Williston and Parshall are watching some students leave along with the drilling rigs as oil prices stay low. But others, like in Watford ...

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Freezing rain, snow cause problems in northern North Dakota

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BISMARCK, N.D. — Freezing rain and snow are creating poor travel conditions in northwestern North Dakota. The state Transportation Department has issued a travel alert for the region that includes Williston, Watford City, Stanley and Tioga. Officials say motorists can still travel but should be aware of the danger and drive according to conditions. The National Weather Service has issued ...

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Nearly 19,000 gallons of saltwater spills north of Tioga

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BISMARCK, N.D. — The state Department of Health says a pipeline has leaked nearly 19,000 gallons of saltwater in northwest North Dakota. The pipeline owned by Continental Resources ruptured after it was struck by equipment excavating at the site about 16 miles north of Tioga. The 450-barrel saltwater, or brine, spill was contained to the excavated area near the pipeline. ...

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320 barrels of brine released, contained near Tioga

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BISMARCK, N.D. — The state oil authorities say all but five barrels of brine have been cleaned up from a spill that occurred near Tioga this weekend. The North Dakota Oil and Gas Division says the Hess Corporation reported on Saturday that 320 barrels of brine were released and contained at the BLDU central tank facility in Williams County. Brine ...

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