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Western water system sales drop with slowdown in oil patch

BISMARCK, N.D. — A system bringing treated Missouri River water to northwestern North Dakota has experienced a significant drop in industrial water sales as activity has slowed in the oil patch due to slumping crude prices. Gross monthly industrial water sales through the Western Area Water Supply project slipped from a peak of more than $4 million in October 2014 ...

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Abandoned oil waste pit eroding into river near Medora

A long-abandoned pit formerly used to store oil drilling mud and fluids is eroding into the Little Missouri River in western North Dakota, reports the Forum News Service (FNS). The waste pit, last used about 50 years ago, is now threatening to contaminate downstream drinking water. State officials are developing a cleanup plan, and Department of Mineral Resources Director Lynn ...

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US 85 bridge near Williston being closed for maintenance

WILLISTON, N.D. — The Lewis and Clark Bridge on U.S. Highway 85 south of Williston will be closed for 24 hours for maintenance work. The highway is the major north-south artery in the western North Dakota oil patch. Motorists will need to take alternate routes between 7:30 a.m. Tuesday and 7:30 a.m. Wednesday. The state Transportation Department says alternative routes ...

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Williston water treatment plant has been expanded

WILLISTON, N.D. — An expansion project at Williston’s water treatment plant is complete, enabling a regional water system to expand the number of people it can serve. The plant is treating Missouri River water for the Western Area Water Supply Project, which hopes to serve 160,000 people by 2038 in the region that includes North Dakota’s bustling oil patch. Williston’s ...

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North Dakota increases oil well inspections on flood threat

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota regulators increased oil well inspections Wednesday because of flood threats and have told operators near the confluence of the Missouri and Yellowstone rivers to take precautions. Four nearby wells that have flooded in the past were being shut down as a precaution. Forecasters said recent rains could cause the water level near Williston to exceed ...

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North Dakota orders oil wells shut in over flooding concerns

WILLISTON, N.D. – North Dakota oil regulators ordered small, privately held Zavanna LLC to shut in oil wells near the confluence of the Missouri and Yellowstone rivers on Wednesday after more than 1.5 inches (3.8 cm) of rain raised flooding concerns. The state’s Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) said it was concerned that the confluence, near the state oil capital ...

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North Dakota officials expect NAWS legal battle to drag on

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota officials believe a federal study of a large Missouri River water project in the state has adequately addressed fears of environmental harm in the state of Missouri and the Canadian province of Manitoba. However, they’re still resigned to the likely continuation of a drawn-out legal fight that has already delayed the Northwest Area Water Supply ...

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