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Regulators to give written reason for cutting oilfield fines

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota regulators say they will provide written justification if fines and other sanctions are lowered against companies that violate the state’s oil and gas laws. Department of Mineral Resources Director Lynn Helms says he was directed by the state Industrial Commission on Monday to provide the documentation. Regulators have been publicly criticized for easing penalties as much ...

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North Dakota approves crude oil pipeline beneath big lake

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota regulators have approved a crude oil pipeline that will be built 100 feet beneath the lake bed of Lake Sakakawea, the largest of the six reservoirs on the Missouri River. The three-member Public Service Commission unanimously approved Sacagawea Pipeline Co.’s plan on Tuesday. The company is developing the 70-mile-long, pipeline to move crude from Mountrail ...

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Pipeline company files suits to gain access from landowners

BISMARCK, N.D. — Lawyers representing a planned pipeline from the North Dakota oil patch to Illinois have filed 23 lawsuits to gain easements through six counties. Easements are meant to give energy companies and others access to private land in exchange for compensating the landowner. The suits filed by Dakota Access LLC pipeline name 140 defendants, including individuals, banks and ...

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Pipeline company files suits to gain access from ND landowners

BISMARCK, N.D. — Lawyers representing a planned pipeline from the North Dakota oil patch to Illinois have filed 23 lawsuits to gain easements through six counties. Easements are meant to give energy companies and others access to private land in exchange for compensating the landowner. The suits filed by Dakota Access LLC pipeline name 140 defendants, including individuals, banks and ...

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Public hearing planned for proposed North Dakota oil pipeline

STANLEY, N.D. — North Dakota regulators have slated a public hearing in Stanley on a proposed $18 million crude oil pipeline in Mountrail County. The North Dakota Public Service Commission will take testimony Jan. 12 on Sacagawea Pipeline Co.’s permit application for the new 8-mile long, 12-inch diameter crude oil pipeline and associated facilities. The pipeline would transport oil from ...

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Tribes, North Dakota fail to reach deal on oil tax agreement

BISMARCK, N.D. — Tribal officials on North Dakota’s oil-rich Fort Berthold Reservation said Thursday they won’t sign off on a revenue sharing agreement with the state because of a new law that shaves the overall oil tax rate following the fall in crude prices. The Legislature in April passed the measure, which also abolishes some price-based incentives. Three Affiliated Tribes ...

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Williston might crack down on adult entertainment clubs

The Whispers strip club in Williston, North Dakota. (Image: Zach Koppang / Energy Media Group)

WILLISTON, N.D. — City commissioners in Williston are considering cracking down on adult entertainment venues. The Williston Herald reports that a public hearing is scheduled Jan. 12 on measures that might restrict the location of clubs with live adult entertainment and their ability to serve alcohol. Williston has two clubs on Main Street that have offered exotic dancing. They’re among the ...

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Amtrak sees big drop in riders through Twin Cities

Amtrak empire builders at the station in Spokane, Washington. (Image: Loco Steve via Flickr)

Amtrak’s Empire Builder passenger rail service, which passes through the Twin Cities, suffered the biggest drop in ticket revenue this year of any of the 15 major lines on its national network. The $4 million setback accounted for a large share of the $13 million drop collectively among the national lines, including such iconic services as the City of New ...

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