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North Dakota regulators mull easing pipeline spill fine

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota regulators are considering easing a record $2.4 million fine levied against a Texas company for a pipeline spill that spewed saltwater and oil for three months before being detected. The North Dakota Industrial Commission, a three-member all-Republican panel led by Gov. Jack Dalrymple, approved the sanction in June against Woodlands, Texas-based Summit Midstream Partners and ...

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North Dakota oil well backlog eclipses 1,000 for first time

The number of oil wells in North Dakota that have been drilled but not fracked eclipsed 1,000 for the first time in September, as producers delayed turning them on in hopes crude prices will soon recover. The milestone, which was widely expected around the second-largest oil producing state, highlights the immense cost pressure companies have come under in the past ...

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North Dakota oil output slides 2 percent in September

WILLISTON, N.D. – North Dakota’s daily oil production fell 2 percent in September as slipping crude prices again weighed on the state’s energy industry and forced cuts in the use of drilling rigs and fracking crews. The state produced 1,162,253 barrels of oil per day (bpd) in September, compared with 1,187,631 bpd in August, according to the Department of Mineral ...

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Halliburton lays off Williston workers; how many not known


WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — Houston-based oil field services company Halliburton has laid off some of its workers in the western North Dakota oil patch hub of Williston, though the company isn’t providing details. Halliburton in April suspended operations at its facility in Minot and transferred many of the jobs there to locations in Williston and Dickinson, citing “changing business needs ...

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Geological Survey intern finds rare fossil in North Dakota

BISMARCK, N.D. — State officials say an intern with the North Dakota Geological Survey has found the fossil of an ancient marsupial that’s never been discovered in the state before. The Department of Mineral Resources says Bismarck native Sean Ternes discovered the jawbone of the Glasbius twitchelli. The department says the mouse-sized marsupial was among the first mammals on earth ...

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Saltwater spill caused by lightning

The cause of a saltwater spill in McKenzie County has been attributed to a lightning strike, reports the Forum News Service. Last Friday Enduro Operating reported the incident. According to a Department of Mineral Resources news release, approximately 440 barrels of saltwater, also known as brine, was released and contained roughly 21 miles south of Alexander, North Dakota. The release ...

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