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North Dakota’s Newest Big Bad Wolf

water pipeline, eminent domain, WAWS

Throughout history the practice of eminent domain has been abused in the United States.  Abused to the point where the parties taking the land were colloquially referred as the “big bad wolf.” The first big bad wolf was the railroad. The process was quite simple, the railroad is considered a project for the public good, and if you do not ...

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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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WAWS Official Publication Touts Support For The Water (Royalty) Tax As Its Official Governmental-Entity Position

fracking, bakken, frack water, WAWS

In a shockingly bad public relations decision, the Western Area Water Supply has published an official public support position of the Water (Royalty) Tax in House Bill 1020. WAWS Goes Political Here is what WAWS is now saying about the provisions in HB 1020 to tax private frack water sales: A water royalty clause was also introduced in HB1020. As ...

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ND House passes tax on private frack water suppliers

Shale boom leads US to first annual trade surplus with OPEC

In a move that defies all campaign promises, House Republicans voted to impose a newly invented tax on private businesses that provide water for the oil industry to frack oil, reports ND Watchdog Network’s Dustin Gawrylow today. Gawrylow says the Republican controlled House Appropriations Committee hid the tax increase in the Water Commission Budget, which is a “must pass bill.” ...

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Western water system sales drop with slowdown in oil patch

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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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Water in the Bakken Tour to educate locals of impact, growth

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With the explosive growth of oil production in the Bakken oil patch came the inevitable increase in required resources and related challenges, and one of the most precious of all, water, created a unique problem: how to supply a booming industry and the 70,000 people that came with it. Western Area Water Supply (WAWS), servicing a five-county area throughout the ...

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Western North Dakota water project to seek $120M

water

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Officials plan to ask the Legislature next year for $120 million in funding for the Western Area Water Supply Project, as demand grows for treated Missouri River water in the western North Dakota region that includes the booming oil patch. The request likely will be for $90 million in grants and $30 million in loans, according ...

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