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$71 million approved for Oil Patch communities

71 Million Approved for Infrastructure Projects

BISMARCK – Twenty Oil Patch communities will receive $71 million in energy impact grants for assistance with water-related projects. Grants approved Thursday by the Board of University and School Lands include:• $5 million to expand Crosby’s water supply and wastewater treatment systems.• $10 million to expand New Town’s water treatment plant, water and sewer system upgrades and street improvements. • ...

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This Is Your Town on Fracking

Not long ago I found myself stranded in Williston, North Dakota. You might have heard of it. Despite being the eighth-largest city in the 48th most-populous state, Williston has won some infamy in recent years. It’s at the center of an oil boom that’s likely to make the United States a net exporter of fossil fuels in just a few ...

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Oil Patch drinking water violations prevalent

WILLISTON, N.D. – Crew camps, RV parks and other water systems in oil-producing counties dominate a list released Monday of drinking water violations issued last year, but officials say most issues have been corrected. The North Dakota Department of Health issued 236 major violations of the Safe Drinking Water Act in 2012, primarily for public water systems that failed to ...

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Name of victim in fiery oil tanker crash released

STANLEY, N.D. – One of three people killed last week in a multiple-vehicle crash involving an oil tanker that exploded was identified Tuesday as Tyler Fischer, 23, of Minot, the North Dakota Highway Patrol said. Authorities withheld the release of his name until receiving positive confirmation from the medical examiner, said Capt. Gary Orluck.Heavy fog contributed to a five-vehicle crash ...

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