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Meetings scheduled to discuss pipeline reclamation program

BISMARCK, N.D. — The North Dakota Department of Agriculture is holding two town hall meetings to discuss its pipeline restoration and reclamation program. Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring says the meetings are meant to help farmers, ranchers, landowners and others resolve land surface issues and answer other questions about the program. Goehring says a new brochure will be made available to ...

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Road construction season deemed a success in North Dakota

BISMARCK, N.D. — State and oil patch officials say this year’s road construction season has been successful so far, thanks to favorable weather. As of Oct. 15, 66 percent of more than $596 million in projects bid out this year have been completed. That compares with 53 percent of projects completed at the same time last year and 61 percent ...

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Vandalism may have caused oil spill in Williams County

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

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

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

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

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

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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