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Oil patch bypasses to start with ceremonies


 By Lauren Donovan Ceremonial groundbreaking for two road projects designed to greatly increase safety and comfort in the oil patch will be held Tuesday. Local and state officials will gather at 10 a.m. Tuesday to herald the start of the Alexander bypass, at a location one mile west of U.S. Highway 85 on First Avenue. Later, at 12:15 p.m., a second ...

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Arnegard needs to clean up sewage mess

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By Lauren Donovan A first-ever agreement for a private company to handle a city’s wastewater may be unraveling even as both sides face fines and penalties from the North Dakota Health Department. The small city of Arnegard remains under an informal moratorium against any more hookups to its sewage system, after Arnegard Holdings took over, damaged and illegally used the city’s ...

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Bakken Briefings

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McKenzie roads McKenzie County needs to pave nearly 130 miles of roadway, County Commission Chairman Ron Anderson says. At roughly $1.5 million a mile, that’s a big job. “McKenzie County has the highest number of traffic-related deaths for the second year in a row,” Anderson said. “We really need to spread some of the traffic out.” All the county’s roads ...

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ND regulators approve peaking station turbines

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BISMARCK, N.D. — The North Dakota Public Service Commission has approved permits for a pair of natural gas-fired turbines to help service electrical needs in the western part of the state. Basin Electric’s Lonesome Creek Station is a natural gas-based peaking station west of Watford City. The company currently has one turbine in operation and plans to have two others ...

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Officials investigating oil rig fire near Watford City

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By Amy Dalrymple WATFORD CITY – Inspectors are investigating an oil drilling rig fire that occurred near here Tuesday afternoon that resulted in one worker’s injury, officials said Wednesday. Authorities responded to a report of a rig explosion at 4:16 p.m. Tuesday at a Nabors Drilling rig on a Whiting Petroleum location, the McKenzie County Sheriff’s Office said. When responders arrived, ...

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PSC approves Lonesome Creek Station expansion to help meet western N.D.’s energy needs


By Mike Nowatzki  BISMARCK – The North Dakota Public Service Commission gave Basin Electric Power Cooperative the thumbs-up Wednesday to expand its Lonesome Creek Station near Watford City, while also cautioning that it’s not a long-term solution for meeting the western region’s growing energy needs. Basin Electric plans to add two 45-megawatt, natural gas-fired combustion turbines at the station’s existing 160-acre ...

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Bakken Briefings


Changing Ray The city of Ray could look very different in five years. City Planner Brent Moore has been working with Ray’s Planning Commission over the past six months to develop a comprehensive plan, with the highway corridor and Main Street targeted as growth areas. Moore said comprehensive plans focus on a design for growth rather than how any specific ...

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