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The Rough Waters of Western North Dakota

WAWS, water, North Dakota

The first in a 5-part series on the controversial water industry of western North Dakota. Reprinted with permission.  The state of North Dakota is now experiencing a serious crossroads situation regarding the Western Area Water Supply Authority (WAWSA) and its future path.  Uncertainty is nothing new to WAWSA and its project as controversy, a questionable business plan and forceful government ...

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PSC holding hearing on proposed $5 million oil pipeline

Energy Transfer Partners' Dakota Access Bakken pipeline has been approved by Iowa. The state was the last of four states to approve the Bakken pipeline. (Image: D.Reichardt via Flickr)

WATFORD CITY, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota regulators are holding a public hearing in Watford City on a proposed $5 million oil pipeline in McKenzie County. Plains All American Pipeline has applied for a permit for the Johnsons Corner to Dakota Access Pipeline Project, a 3.5-mile long, 24-inch diameter crude pipeline. It would have a maximum capacity of 150,000 barrels ...

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Watford City Mayor Brent Sanford balances governor’s ticket

Doug Burgum, Brent Sanford, North Dakota, governor, election

Brent Sanford knows and understands the issues that surround western North Dakota. Born and raised in Watford City, Sanford was elected mayor in 2010. Thanks to the Bakken oil boom, the city’s population jumped from about 2,000 to 12,000 during his tenure. The rapid increase in residents brought many challenges. Transport facilities were outdated. Water management needed to be upgraded. ...

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Cruz says North Dakota could decide Republican convention

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FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Presidential hopeful Ted Cruz told attendees at the North Dakota Republican convention Saturday that their presidential delegates could decide the nomination. Convention-goers are scheduled Sunday to select 25 of their 28 delegates who will go to the national convention unbound to any of the presidential candidates. North Dakota does not have a primary or caucus. “It ...

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Top 5 Bakken stories of the week — February 13-20

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Well, folks, the “Top five Bakken stories of the week” has made a comeback after an indefinite hiatus (it’s a long story). Oil prices are still low, layoffs still haunt the industry, and the state of North Dakota is facing it’s own heap of crises (just to name a few). Since it’s been awhile, we’ve reached back a couple weeks in ...

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Watford City sustains growth despite downturn

McKenzie County is still seeing growth, despite recent layoffs and budget cuts that have dominated recent news headlines. While drilling has indeed slowed, production holds steady. As a result: permanent jobs and a steady stream of economic growth in the region. People might not be flocking to the Bakken like they were two years ago, but population in McKenzie County ...

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