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Williston water is supposedly safe to drink

Despite finding trace amounts of hydrocarbons in Williston’s drinking water, officials are reporting that it is still safe to drink. According to a report from The Williston Herald, Public Works Director David Tuan said, “During this period there are trace amounts of hydrocarbons in the water that are producing an odor. It is still small enough that it is safe ...

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Williston water tests safe after river oil spill in Montana

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota health officials say testing has concluded that Williston’s drinking water is safe following an oil spill in the Yellowstone River in Montana. North Dakota’s Health Department says low levels of contaminants were detected in Williston’s water but it’s unclear where they came from. Officials say the water is safe to drink. A ruptured Bridger Pipeline ...

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North Dakota to test for tainted drinking water

As a result of the recent pipeline rupture outside Glendive, Montana, the North Dakota Department of Health will begin testing drinking water in Williston and other municipalities to determine if public health is at risk, according to a report by The Bismarck Tribune. The pipeline, owned by Bridger Pipeline LLC, released an estimated 40,000 gallons of oil into the Yellowstone ...

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Brine spill near Williston largest since ND’s oil boom began

WILLISTON, N.D. — A North Dakota health official says a 70,000-barrel brine spill near Williston that has affected two creeks is the largest since the state’s oil boom began. Dave Glatt with the state Department of Health’s environmental health section says operator Summit Midstream has begun the cleanup process and inspectors have been monitoring the affected area. Brine is an ...

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Williston updating comprehensive plan due to rapid growth

WILLISTON, N.D. — Officials are updating a comprehensive plan for Williston that is just a few years old, saying the original plan did not take into account the rapid growth that the oil patch hub has experienced. The updated plan will address regional land use, transportation and economic development, the Williston Herald reported. It is being written by representatives of ...

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Oil patch hotels combating prostitution

In an effort to combat the influx of human trafficking and prostitution in North Dakota’s oil patch, some hotel managers are taking the matter into their own hands by refusing service and making “Do Not Rent” lists. Garnet Finchum and her husband Dwight, managers of the Travel Inn located in Dickinson, say that both prostitutes and solicitors are frequent visitors, ...

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No one hurt in oil tanks fire south of Williston

WILLISTON, N.D. — No one was hurt when eight oil storage tanks near an Enbridge facility south of Williston caught fire. McKenzie County Emergency Manager Jerry Samuelson tells KXMC-TV that the tanks about nine miles north of Alexander contained about 1,000 barrels of oil. They caught fire Thursday and were being allowed to burn themselves out on Friday. Crews from ...

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