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Oil company informs Williams County of ombudsman services

Workers constructing an oil and gas pipeline in the oilfields. (Image courtesy of Encana Corp.)

WILLISTON, N.D. — An oil industry company has started its own ombudsman program to help it address pipeline problems. Representatives from the Hess Corporation presented information about its Hess Community Connection program to Williams County commissioners at a meeting Jan. 19, since commissioners also sometimes get calls on pipeline problems. The company launched the program last year in an effort ...

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Pipeline reclamation program fields 2 dozen complaints

BISMARCK, N.D. — A North Dakota program aimed at helping resolve disputes over pipeline reclamation has fielded about two dozen requests for help so far. The Legislature earlier this year created the pipeline restoration and reclamation oversight pilot program. It’s meant to help resolve disputes between pipeline companies and landowners or tenants. Twenty-three requests had been filed as of the ...

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North Dakota regulators approve $249M wind farm near Tioga

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota’s Public Service Commission has approved a $249 million wind farm in Williams County. The Bismarck Tribune reports that the Lindahl Wind Project planned by Kansas-based Tradewind Energy Inc. 4 miles north of Tioga is to include up to 75 turbines on 13,000 acres. The wind farm will produce 150 megawatts of power that will be sold ...

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Williston jail ordered to reduce female inmate population

WILLISTON, N.D. — State corrections officials have ordered the Williams County jail to reduce its population of female inmates. A recent inspection found the facility had 18 more women than the 20 it’s allowed, the Williston Herald reported. The jail’s population has increased as the general population has soared with the region’s oil boom. “Who’d have ever thought we’d have ...

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Williston moves closer to banning crew camps in city limits

WILLISTON, N.D. — City commissioners in Williston have given initial approval to an ordinance that would eliminate oil field crew camps within city limits next year, even though oil companies saying there remains a need for temporary worker housing despite the oil slowdown. Commissioners on Tuesday voted 3-2 to set a July 1 deadline for crew camps to close, The ...

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Williston-area homelessness still high, despite decline

WILLISTON, N.D. — The homeless population in the Williston region is dwindling, though the number of people living without adequate shelter is still troubling, a state advocacy group says. The North Dakota Coalition for Homeless People estimates 370 homeless in the oil patch counties of Williams, McKenzie and Divide, down from the peak of 624 in 2013. Unlike other areas ...

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Official questions need for replacement Williston airport

WILLISTON, N.D. — A Williams County commissioner has raised concerns about the need to relocate Williston’s airport in letters to state and federal lawmakers. Martin Hanson says he believes the city should keep the airport where it is and upgrade the facility, reducing costs by at least $100 million and preserving farmland. City officials have received approval and initial funding ...

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Bakken water supply: Program allowing irrigation water for fracking ends

Infrastructure in western North Dakota is finally catching up with demand, evident in the state engineer’s office discontinuation of a program which allowed farmers to sell irrigation water for use in the oil and gas industry. As reported by the Forum News Service (FNS), in 2011, the engineer’s office created the Industrial Water Use in Lieu of Irrigation Policy in ...

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Vandalism may have caused oil spill in Williams County

An oil spill in Williams County is suspected to have been caused by vandalism, the North Dakota Department of Health reported Monday. The spill was first noticed on Friday at a Murex Petroleum-operated well site, roughly 2.5 miles northwest of Tioga, North Dakota. Bill Suess, the Department of Health spill investigation program manager, told the Forum News Service that on ...

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Fracking and fire cause two Bakken spills

Last week the North Dakota Oil and Gas Division reported two spills in Dunn and Williams counties, caused by a valve failure during a nearby hydraulic fracturing operation and a fire, respectively. According to the Forum News Service (FNS), on Tuesday Burlington Resources Oil & Gas Co. reported the valve failure and resulting spill in Dunn County, approximately 13 miles ...

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