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Letter: Priority at BNSF is safety


By: Carl Ice, INFORUM BNSF Railway is thankful there were no injuries – to first responders, the community or our employees – in the derailment and subsequent fire near Casselton, N.D., last week, and we deeply appreciate the cooperation and great work of local responders and the community of Casselton. Now, across North Dakota and much of the country, appropriate questions ...

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Letter: Oil pipelines make no sense


By: Joe T. Chyle, Pisek, N.D., INFORUM The oil train accident near Casselton, N.D., increased calls to build the Keystone pipeline. We need to slow down and look at the reality of it. Take a good look at a map of the United States. North Dakota is just as centrally located in the country as southern Texas. It makes no sense ...

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Mayor wants ND guard armory open for homeless


WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — Williston’s mayor wants to use the National Guard armory in the city as a temporary shelter for the homeless. Ward Koeser tells the Williston Herald that he plans to ask the City Commission on Tuesday to consider the plan. North Dakota to the nation’s No. 2 oil producer behind Texas. Ninety percent of drilling activity in ...

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Initial NTSB report says 18 of 20 oil tank cars punctured in fiery Casselton … – In-Forum


By: Archie Ingersoll, INFORUM CASSELTON – Nearly all of the tank cars involved in a fiery train crash near here last month punctured in the wreck, spilling more than 400,000 gallons of crude oil and causing $6.1 million in damage, according to a preliminary report released Monday by federal investigators. According to the report by the National Transportation Safety Board: The ...

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Part-time liaison to oil patch selected


 By Nick Smith A recently retired state Department of Transportation official has been tapped to serve as a part-time liaison for transportation infrastructure development in the oil patch. Dave Leftwich was appointed by the governor last week to serve as a liaison for western North Dakota road development. Leftwich, a Bismarck resident, retired in November from the DOT after 39 years ...

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Letter: The ND oil boom: a parody

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By: Tony Bender, INFORUM Maybe you heard. One of the Everly Brothers is dead, as I understand it, a victim of the oil tanker explosion in Casselton, N.D. Which Everly? Tito, I think. Possibly Jan, maybe Dean, but that’s really not the point. The point is, after a successful test explosion in Canada, oil companies have begun systematically blowing up North ...

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Addiction counseling in demand in Oil Patch


By: Katherine Grandstrand, Forum News Service, INFORUM DICKINSON, N.D. – Although down one-third of its staffing, the need for substance abuse counseling provided by Badlands Human Service Center in Dickinson has increased with the area’s growing population. To meet the needs of southwestern North Dakota and to maintain its level of service, the center has gone to creative lengths. “We utilize ...

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Faces of the Boom: After enduring RV, family happy to have a home


By: Amy Dalrymple/Forum News Service WILLISTON, N.D. – Paul and Marcia Whitcomb thought they’d be temporary North Dakotans, working in the oilfield to earn money and someday returning to Arkansas. But now the couple and their four children are permanent Williston residents, working oilfield jobs that will be around long after drilling is over and finally living in a house ...

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