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Sanford: ‘We’ll come to you:’ Medicare provider rolls out plan to bring mobile clinics to the Oil Patch


With some Oil Patch workers finding trouble receiving health care services due to various obstacles, Sanford Health may have discovered a solution. The line of thinking goes like this: don’t worry about coming to us, we’ll come to you. In what it called a step toward meeting the “tremendous challenge of providing health care in the booming oil fields of ...

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5 things to know about the Texas oil spill

Galveston Bay

By Associated Press TEXAS CITY, Texas — WHAT HAPPENED?The Coast Guard says a barge carrying about 900,000 gallons of heavy oil collided with a ship Saturday in the Houston Ship Channel, spilling as much as 168,000 gallons into one of the world’s busiest waterways. Oil has been detected 12 miles offshore in the Gulf of Mexico. HOW ARE AUTHORITIES RESPONDING?The barge ...

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OSHA calls for silica limit: Proposed silica limit would hurt fracking industry, group says

oil workers

By Katherine Lymn A proposed lower limit of silica exposure from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration would drastically affect the hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, industry, a trade group said. The American Petroleum Institute is one of about 80 organizations and industry groups that will speak in Washington, D.C., at hearings stretching from Tuesday through April 4. The hearings are a ...

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State may pay for Noonan radioactive cleanup

ND Dept of Health

 By LAUREN DONOVAN For the first time, a cleanup fund meant for plugging and reclaiming abandoned oil wells, pipelines or oil brine spills may be used for radioactive contaminated oil field waste. The state Health Department doesn’t have a cleanup fund and may use an Oil and Gas Division program to dispose of tons of radioactive filter socks illegally stored ...

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No watering down rules: Oil companies could be fined for flooded wells


By Amy Dalrymple TRENTON — Oil companies that failed to prepare for flooding near the confluence of the Missouri and Yellowstone rivers could face enforcement action, state officials said Monday. Zavanna, the company that had oil leak from a tank into floodwaters Friday, could face fines from the North Dakota Department of Health. A tank that contained 1,386 gallons of oil ...

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Top N.D. workers’ comp doctor says his opinions repeatedly bypassed

Injury Claim

By Patrick Springer FARGO – The top doctor for North Dakota’s workers’ compensation program complained that “the legal process overrides medical opinions” in the review of injured workers’ claims. Dr. Luis Vilella, who is medical director of Workforce Safety & Insurance, recently wrote a letter to the program’s director, Bryan Klipfel, to complain about “wrongdoing” and “misconduct” by lawyers. The letter, ...

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2 dead, 1 injured in crash near Williston

police lights

By Forum News Service WILLISTON – Two men died and a third was seriously injured early Sunday when the pickup they were in failed to stop at a stop sign and collided with a dump truck west of here, the North Dakota Highway Patrol said. A Ford F-150 pickup driven by Michael Rameden, 22, Ray, was southbound on Williams County Road ...

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Other views: It’s illegal and it’s radioactive


By The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead One of the explanations voiced by at least one North Dakota official regarding discovery of a second illegal dump of low-level radioactive oil field waste, is that there is no in-state disposal site. It costs companies a lot of money to truck the stuff to legal landfills in Colorado or Idaho. Therefore, the argument goes, bad ...

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