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Landowners lose in ND mineral rights case

By: Mike Lee, E&E reporter State officials won a high-stakes court fight over ownership of thousands of acres of oil-producing property in North Dakota, settling part of a long-running dispute about how to divide up the profit from the Bakken Shale oil boom.The North Dakota Supreme Court ruled that the state owns the so-called shore zone between the high- and ...

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Jail cells full to overflowing in Bakken oil country

By TOM LUTEY The Billings Gazette Casper Star-Tribune Online GLENDIVE, Mont. — Sheriff Craig Anderson scans the inmate roster for the Dawson County Detention Center in Glendive and sees real problems. There’s an inmate charged with murder and another for petty crime. He can’t put them together, but he’s four inmates over capacity, so he can’t easily keep them apart. ...

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NTSB releases preliminary findings in Monday’s train crash


Photo Credit: Shawn Rode FARGO – Tracks closed by a train crash Monday west of Casselton, N.D., were expected to be back in use early Thursday morning, the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad and National Transportation Safety Board said Wednesday. In addition, NTSB board member Robert Sumwalt released some preliminary results of the agency’s investigations. Among those findings: The signals ...

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ND to see life-threatening wind chills Saturday to Tuesday


By Katherine Lymn  Life-threatening wind chill temperatures of 60-below zero will spread across North Dakota from Saturday until Tuesday, and emergency managers are asking the public to prepare. The dangerous arctic air will come Saturday night, bringing actual air temperatures of 30 below and wind speeds of 25 mph, according to a weather alert from the National Weather Service. In such ...

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North Dakota town ‘dodged a bullet’ in crude explosion, says mayor


Bruce Crummy / AP A fireball goes up at the site of an oil train derailment Monday, in Casselton, N.D. The train carrying crude oil derailed near Casselton Monday afternoon. Several explosions were reported as some cars on the mile-long train caught fire. By Dave Kolpack, The Associated Press CASSELTON, N.D. — A southeastern North Dakota town narrowly escaped tragedy ...

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Train Derails near Cassleton, ND (Updated)


Photo by: Tyler Spriggs UPDATE (2): All residents of Cassleton are currently being evacuated from the town. UPDATED STORY By: Erik Burgess CASSELTON – The train that derailed about a mile west of town here was eastbound carrying crude oil, according to a BNSF spokeswoman. Emergency and fire-fighting crews are respond-ing to the derailment, which Amy McBeth, a spokeswoman for ...

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FAA picks North Dakota as drone test site


North Dakota will host one of six unmanned aircraft test sites in the U.S. researching ways to safely fly drones in the national airspace, the Federal Aviation Administration said Monday. The designation will bring industry and jobs to the state, North Dakota officials said. “We’re excited about it,” said North Dakota Lt. Gov. Drew Wrigley, who chairs the Northern Plains ...

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Judge orders Cobb’s bail at $1 million


By Mike Nowatzki Today at 4:37pm BISMARCK — A judge Friday set bail for white supremacist Craig Cobb at $1 million, to be paid in cash only. Cobb, who bought up property in the small town of Leith with the intention of creating a haven for white supremacists, is charged with seven felony counts of terrorizing for allegedly approaching Leith ...

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