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Bakken crime: Watford City law enforcement center on time and under budget


To combat the growing crime rates that came along with the frantic drilling rates, regional, state and county entities have been working together, along with ICON Architectural Group, to help keep western North Dakota safe. The exponential growth of North Dakota’s oil patch has left state agencies scrambling to catch up with the population boom and the infrastructure needed to ...

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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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Water in the Bakken Tour to educate locals of impact, growth


With the explosive growth of oil production in the Bakken oil patch came the inevitable increase in required resources and related challenges, and one of the most precious of all, water, created a unique problem: how to supply a booming industry and the 70,000 people that came with it. Western Area Water Supply (WAWS), servicing a five-county area throughout the ...

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ND oil well blowout spews more than 23,000 gallons of crude


BISMARCK, N.D. — The state Health Department says a well blowout spewed more than 23,000 gallons of oil and 4,600 gallons of briny wastewater in Dunn County. Environmental scientist Bill Suess says the blowout occurred Saturday morning at a well owned by XTO Energy Inc., about 18 miles southeast of Watford City. Suess says the company reported the spill to ...

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Dalrymple appoints 3 lawyers to newly created ND judgeships


BISMARCK, N.D. — Gov. Jack Dalrymple has appointed three lawyers to newly created North Dakota district court judgeships. Dalrymple on Monday announced the appointments of Kirsten Sjue, Daniel El-Dweek and Rhonda Ehlis. Sjue and El-Dweek will be judges in the Northwest Judicial District. Sjue will serve in Williston, while El-Dweek will be chambered in Watford City. Sjue is the current ...

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Exxon Mobil donates $5 mln to North Dakota housing fund

Watford City, North Dakota. Looking west on Route 85. Temporary housing and road constructed for oil and gas workers. (Image: National Parks Conservation Association via Flickr)

WILLISTON, N.D. – A subsidiary of Exxon Mobil Corp donated $5 million on Monday to a North Dakota government housing fund that subsidizes construction of low-cost apartments for teachers and emergency personnel in the state’s oil patch. XTO Energy will receive a 100 percent tax write-off for its donation to the North Dakota Housing Incentive Fund, which will be used ...

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Bash on the Grass returns to Watford City Aug. 7

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Sawyer Brown and Chris Cagle will headline the second annual Bash on the Grass at the McKenzie County Fairgrounds in Watford City, North Dakota on Aug. 7. Father/son duo Roland and Jason Marmon are organizing the event that attracted 1,700 people last year. Held in conjunction with “The Best of the West” Ribfest, the event will also feature a charity ...

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