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The Rough Waters of Western North Dakota

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The first in a 5-part series on the controversial water industry of western North Dakota. Reprinted with permission.  The state of North Dakota is now experiencing a serious crossroads situation regarding the Western Area Water Supply Authority (WAWSA) and its future path.  Uncertainty is nothing new to WAWSA and its project as controversy, a questionable business plan and forceful government ...

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Gasoline prices take another big jump in North Dakota

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Gasoline prices continue to rise in North Dakota by more than a dime a week. GasBuddy.com reports the average retail price of a gallon of gas rose about 11 cents per gallon in the last week, after rising nearly 11 cents per gallon the previous week and more than 12 cents the week before that. The average ...

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Fund suspended for communities affected by oil development

Due to the oil price and drilling decline, North Dakota communities impacted by oil and gas development will not be receiving financial assistance from the state. (Image: A.G. McQuillan via Flickr)

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A program aimed at helping North Dakota communities deal with the effects of energy development has been suspended due to slumping oil activity. North Dakota’s Board of University and School Lands also voted Thursday to put on hold millions of dollars of projects that have receive grants but work hasn’t started. Trust Lands Commissioner Lance Gaebe (GAY’-bee) says ...

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Northwest Landowners Association addresses pipeline issues

Kevin Connors, pipeline program supervisor for the Department of Mineral Resources, claims his goal is that large pipeline spills will be a thing of the past, reports AgWeek. 300 Landowners as well as state officials and oil company representatives met in Stanley for a Northwest Landowners Association expo where Connors outlined the new state pipeline program. New rules will take ...

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Public hearing planned for proposed North Dakota oil pipeline

STANLEY, N.D. — North Dakota regulators have slated a public hearing in Stanley on a proposed $18 million crude oil pipeline in Mountrail County. The North Dakota Public Service Commission will take testimony Jan. 12 on Sacagawea Pipeline Co.’s permit application for the new 8-mile long, 12-inch diameter crude oil pipeline and associated facilities. The pipeline would transport oil from ...

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In North Dakota, donations slip as oil slides

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BISMARCK, N.D. — Thousands of layoffs from the oil industry’s slide have taken a toll on donations in western North Dakota’s oil patch, just as charities say their need is increasing. Donations to the Salvation Army were down by more than 60 percent in Williston, in the heart of oil country, as of mid-December. And energy companies that used to ...

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Construction on Bakken pipeline gathering terminals to begin this winter

Construction on six gathering terminals for the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota is set to begin in January 2016, reports The Bakken Magazine. Matrix Service Inc., the firm constructing the terminals for Dakota Access LLC, said the six projects have an estimated total value of about $330 million. The above-ground storage tanks at the gathering stations are planned for ...

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6 North Dakota airports getting federal funds for upgrades

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota’s congressional delegation says six western North Dakota airports are getting nearly $10 million for improvements. The money from the U.S. Department of Transportation is slated for airports in Williston, Stanley, Tioga, Garrison, Dickinson and Mercer County. The Tioga airport is getting the bulk of the money, with $5 million slated for construction of a taxiway ...

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Bakken schools keeping eye on low, fluctuating oil prices

BISMARCK, N.D. — Some school administrators in North Dakota’s Bakken oil region are keeping an eye on student enrollment as oil prices fluctuate and some families leave for work elsewhere. Officials at schools in Dickinson, Tioga, Ray, Williston and Parshall are watching some students leave along with the drilling rigs as oil prices stay low. But others, like in Watford ...

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