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Plea agreement reached in illegal dumping case


Earlier this year a driver from Black Hills Trucking Inc. was accused of illegally dumping saltwater out of his truck in Williams County. Today the Associated Press reported that Leo Slemin announced he will be pleading guilty to the charge due to a plea agreement. The agreement has resulted in a one-year jail sentence, three years of suspended probation and ...

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Ebola strikes again in Dallas

Last Friday night a nurse who cared for the first Ebola victim in the U.S., Thomas Eric Duncan, tested positive for the disease. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention Director, Tom Frieden is saying the infection is due to a “breach in protocol.” The woman did wear the required protective gear while caring for Duncan.  Disease detectives will be ...

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How bad could falling oil prices hurt ND?

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North Dakota has seen a boom in industry, commerce, and population thanks to Bakken shale oil development, but that boom has been made possible by high oil prices. As this map from Vox shows, North Dakota is one of the states that has benefited the most from rising oil prices: That’s a good place to be, except for when oil prices ...

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The top 5 Bakken stories of the week


1. MHA Nation set to drill its own wells MHA Nation tribal members on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation are celebrating their next move to oil extraction and production.  Talk about drilling their own wells brought cheers and applause at the Indigenous Nations Economic Development Summit in New Town, Tuesday. Read more 2. North Dakota oil may have issues in ...

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Texas oil may be looking at stricter laws and regulations

Texas continues to lead the nation in oil and gas production, adding billions in tax revenue and creating three-quarters of the U.S.’s new industry jobs, according to the Texas Independent Producers and Royalty Owners Association (TIPRO). Yet, all of this could be at risk due to environmental groups and federal agencies. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is threatening new rules ...

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More families moving to Bakken


The biggest criticism of western North Dakota’s population boom is its lack of permanent residents. However, recently, more and more oil workers are bringing their families along to live in North Dakota with them. The Forum News Service reported that a quarter of Dickinson’s Sierra Ridge Apartment Homes’ rentals are from a company that is holding the housing for its ...

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Dropping oil prices may hit U.S. fracking firms hard

North American crude is expensive to pump, and the falling oil prices will only make production more difficult.  In the past four weeks, oil prices across the globe have fallen about eight percent.  The U.S. price per barrel closed at $85.77, the lowest it has been since December 2012. According to a recent report by Goldman Sachs Group Inc., $90 ...

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Demand for sand rapidly rising

Sand, a key ingredient used in fracking, could be seeing a dramatic rise in demand after engineers discovered less than half the sand being used was producing oil, according to a report by dailywealth.com. According to the report, only about 40 percent of sand being used in the fracking process is producing oil. Engineers say if companies use more sand ...

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