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Legislature approves bill to address $310 million shortfall

North Dakota, legislative report

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota legislators agreed Thursday to cut spending for most state agencies to help cover a $310 million budget shortfall, signaling some of the money for social programs could be restored if revenues eventually recover from slumping crop and oil prices. Although the Legislature isn’t scheduled to reconvene until January, Republican leaders called a three-day session ...

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Saltwater spill reported at well site near White Earth

saltwater spill, Rhame spill

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota regulators say almost 20,000 gallons of oilfield wastewater has been contained and recovered at a saltwater disposal well in Mountrail County. Regulators with the state Oil and Gas Division say Houston-based Oasis Petroleum North America reported the 470-barrel spill on Wednesday at the well near White Earth. A barrel is 42 gallons. Officials say ...

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Future unclear for northern Minnesota oil pipeline project

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The future is unclear for a proposed oil pipeline that would cross northern Minnesota. Enbridge Energy on Tuesday announced it is investing in a different pipeline that would transport North Dakota crude oil — but not across Minnesota. The Canadian company has proposed the $2.6 billion Sandpiper pipeline that would run from the Bakken oil fields through ...

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Pipeline construction equipment damage in suspected arson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Machinery located at three oil pipeline construction sites in central Iowa was found extensively damaged by fire Monday in what the company building the pipeline called a shameful act. There’s little doubt the fires were intentionally set along the Dakota Access pipeline, said Jasper County Sheriff John Halferty. Damage to a bulldozer and other large ...

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Paradox nation: Norway, a climate leader making money on oil

Norway, offshore drilling

STAVANGER, Norway (AP) — Norway wants to get rid of gasoline-fueled cars, plans to become carbon neutral by 2030 and spends billions on helping poor countries reduce their carbon footprints. Meanwhile, it’s pushing ever farther into the Arctic Ocean in search of more oil and gas. “We know there is a paradox,” admits Vidar Helgesen, Norway’s climate and energy minister. ...

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Things to know about North Dakota’s special budget session

North Dakota, legislative report

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Legislature is returning to Bismarck on Tuesday morning for a three-day special session, summoned there by Republican Gov. Jack Dalrymple to address shortfalls in the state treasury. Dalrymple made the announcement last month after an updated forecast predicted tax collections will continue to drop due to depressed oil and farm commodity prices. The ...

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