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

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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Nearly half of hotel rooms in North Dakota oil capital sit empty

WILLISTON, N.D. – Nearly half of the hotel rooms in the epicenter of North Dakota’s energy boom have been sitting empty this year, yet another sign that plunging oil prices have cooled the economy of the second-largest crude producing U.S. state. Producers, oilfield service providers and other energy companies across the state’s western oil patch have cut employee hours, canceled ...

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Family Crisis Shelter plans expansion in Williston

WILLISTON, N.D. — A shelter for victims of domestic violence or sexual assault in Williston is planning to more than double its size. The Family Crisis Shelter has purchased land to expand facilities after five years of searching, the Williston Herald reported. Plans for the land were approved earlier this month at a Williston Planning and Zoning Commission meeting, despite ...

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ND oil well blowout spews more than 23,000 gallons of crude

BISMARCK, N.D. — The state Health Department says a well blowout spewed more than 23,000 gallons of oil and 4,600 gallons of briny wastewater in Dunn County. Environmental scientist Bill Suess says the blowout occurred Saturday morning at a well owned by XTO Energy Inc., about 18 miles southeast of Watford City. Suess says the company reported the spill to ...

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Man who killed fellow oil worker wants to be free man

MINOT, N.D. — A Texas man who stabbed to death a fellow oil field worker in a North Dakota hotel about four years ago is seeking to be released from state supervision. Thirty-seven-year-old Charles Davis, of Trinity, Texas, acknowledged killing 48-year-old Donald Flowers, of Wichita Falls, Texas, in a conference room at the Candlewood Suites in Minot in March 2011. ...

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Idaho man sentenced for sex trafficking in North Dakota

BISMARCK, N.D. — An Idaho man who once won a battle against the federal government in the U.S. Supreme Court is now going to federal prison for sex trafficking in North Dakota. The Bismarck Tribune reports that 48-year-old Michael Sackett, of Priest Lake, Idaho, pleaded guilty Monday to a sex trafficking charge and was sentenced to a year and a ...

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Ex-well operator in North Dakota indicted in dumping case

The former operator of a saltwater well in southwest North Dakota linked to an illegal wastewater dumping case pleaded not guilty to multiple felony charges Monday in federal court in Bismarck. A federal indictment charges Jason Halek, of Southlake, Texas, with conspiring with others in a number of illegal acts including injecting saltwater — an unwanted byproduct of oil production ...

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