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North Dakota awards impact grants to oil patch hospitals

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota’s Land Board has awarded $5 million to hospitals in the state’s oil-producing region. Officials say the grants are part of a program aimed at helping communities deal with the effects of rapid energy development. St. Joseph’s Hospital and Health Center in Dickinson is getting most of the money, at $2.1 million. Six other hospitals are ...

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Crews finish effort to drain sunken barge found in Lake Erie

TOLEDO, Ohio — Crews have finished an effort to eliminate environmental threats from a sunken barge that apparently sat undiscovered in Lake Erie for nearly 80 years, The U.S. Coast Guard said Thursday. Salvage crews recently pumped out hazardous, oil-based substances from the barge, though six of the eight tanks onboard were empty. The mixture of cargo and water removed ...

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Cheap gas spurs SUV sales and puts U.S. climate goals at risk

A car is filled with gasoline at a gas station pump in Carlsbad, California August 4, 2015. REUTERS/Mike Blake

WASHINGTON/DETROIT – Surging demand for trucks and SUVs fueled by cheap gasoline is holding back improvements in U.S. fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions, a government report due out on Wednesday is expected to show. The disconnect between consumer demand for larger, less efficient vehicles and the Obama administration’s climate goals sets up a clash between the auto industry and ...

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$5.4M in enrollment growth grants doled out to ND schools

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BISMARCK, N.D. — Thirty-five school districts in North Dakota have received a total of $5.4 million in grants to help them cope with unusually high enrollment growth. The Legislature earlier this year set aside nearly $15 million in the Department of Public Instruction’s two-year budget for the grants. State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler announced the first grants Monday. “The way ...

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Project’s transmission towers will be built in Webster

Much of the work to build a high-voltage transmission line between the Big Stone power plant and Ellenedale, N.D., will be done in Webster. That means a boost for the Day County seat and the surrounding area, local officials said. Otter Tail Power and Montana-Dakota Utilities are building the 162-mile transmission line, and recently announced that the project’s 90-acre laydown ...

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EPA approves water quality rules for Montana, tribe

EPA approves water quality rules for Montana, tribe

BILLINGS, Mont. — Federal environmental regulators have approved water quality rules meant to protect southeastern Montana cropland from wastewater produced during natural gas drilling. They had been opposed by energy companies and officials in neighboring Wyoming. The rules limit how much salty water that is a byproduct of drilling can enter the Tongue and Powder River basins along the Montana-Wyoming ...

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Protesters charges with trespassing at Enbridge’s Duluth offices appear in court

Four of the seven environmental activists charged with trespassing in the Duluth offices of Enbridge Energy last month while protesting proposed oil pipelines across northern Minnesota appeared in court Tuesday. The protesters refused to leave the oil pipeline company’s offices at the downtown Tech Village building on Superior Street and were arrested, booked into jail and quickly released Nov. 2. ...

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