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US rig count up 17 this week to 481, Texas up 13

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HOUSTON (AP) — The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by 17 this week to 481. A year ago, 884 rigs were active. Depressed energy prices have sharply curtailed oil and gas exploration. Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. said Friday that 396 rigs sought oil and 83 explored for natural gas ...

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Shailene Woodley joins oil pipeline protest in North Dakota

Shailene Woodley, Dakota Access pipeline protest

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Actress Shailene Woodley has joined a group of protesters in North Dakota demonstrating against the $3.8 billion Dakota Access Pipeline. The Bismarck Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/2b3S3q4 ) the star of the “Divergent” movie series joined more than 200 protesters Thursday at a “spirit camp” established by the Standing Rock Sioux at the confluence of the Cannonball and ...

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8,400 gallons of oil-saltwater mixture spills near Mohall

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A damaged injection line has caused a spill of about 8,400 gallons of a mixture of saltwater and oil in Bottineau County. The North Dakota Department of Health says the spill happened Wednesday about 3 1/2 miles north of Mohall. A representative of Texas-based Enduro Operating LLC, which operates the line, wasn’t immediately available to comment. ...

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Regulator: Corroded pipeline likely cause of saltwater spill

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota’s Health Department says a corroded steel pipeline is the likely cause of a big saltwater spill in Bowman County. State environmental scientist Bill Suess (sees) says the 168,000-gallon spill occurred Tuesday morning about 9 miles southwest of Rhame at a well site owned by Texas-based Denbury Onshore LLC. The company did not return telephone ...

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State Health Council ratifies radioactive waste rules

This handout photo from the Three Affiliated Tribes shows radioactive filters illegally dumped on the Fort Berthold reservation.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota’s State Health Council ratified Tuesday a reapproval of rules allowing elevated levels of oilfield radioactive waste to be dumped at certain landfills. The 11-member advisory panel to the state Health Department voted unanimously to reapprove last year’s rules allowing 50 picocuries per gram of concentrations of TENORM — technologically enhanced radioactive material. It had ...

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