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ND landowner groups split over new pipeline legislation

BISMARCK, N.D. — Two groups representing hundreds of landowners in western North Dakota are split over new legislation aimed at preventing spills and other problems related to the 20,000 miles of pipelines in the state. The Northwest Land Owners Association is optimistic about the measures passed this week by the Legislature. The more environmentally minded Dakota Resource Council believes lawmakers ...

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North Dakota: An ideal model for flaring?


Wyomingites may look to North Dakota for inspiration in solving the state’s ongoing dispute over natural gas flaring, according to The Billings Gazette. As the state grapples with looming flaring regulations, an agreement between interests may prove to be hard-won; environmentalists criticize the practice, which involves burning off excess gas, for being wasteful and hazardous, but the state’s oil and ...

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How secure are ND’s pipelines and drilling sites?

A number of spills in North Dakota’s oil patch have got headlines recently, but at least one company is a little suspicious as to how they came to happen. “Hess spokesman John Roper said employees found wide-open valves on saltwater storage tanks on two well locations 3 miles apart,” the Bismarck Tribune reported. “We call that suspicious,” Roper told the ...

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Derailment involving North Dakota crude sparks complaints

BISMARCK, N.D. — The derailment in West Virginia of a train carrying oil from North Dakota is prompting complaints that state and federal governments aren’t doing enough to ensure the safe transport of crude by rail. A train carrying 3 million gallons of crude from North Dakota’s Bakken oil fields derailed Monday in the unincorporated town of Mount Carbon, West ...

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ND state officials blamed following fiery derailment

The recent train derailment in West Virginia that resulted in a fiery blaze and the evacuation of two cities has some North Dakota groups accusing state leaders of failing to act quickly on oil conditioning standards. According to a report by The Bismarck Tribune, the recent derailment and explosion is the sixth incident involving Bakken crude oil since 2008. On ...

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Barriers set up, water tested at site of North Dakota spill

BISMARCK, N.D. — Earthen barriers have been set up across a creek and water was being tested Thursday around the site of a nearly 3 million-gallon leak of saltwater generated by oil drilling, the largest spill of its kind during North Dakota’s current oil rush. The berms were built at Blacktail Creek to prevent potentially contaminated water from flowing out ...

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State regulators should bow to calls for audits

Rep. Kenton Onstad, a Democrat representing the Parshall area in North Dakota’s state House, has introduced a bill which would mandate an audit for the North Dakota Health Department as well as the Oil and Gas Division of the Industrial Commission. With the legislation Onstad is seeking to force an audit of the two state departments with the most oversight ...

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Environmental group has an authenticity problem

When it comes to stories about environmental issues in North Dakota, specifically the impacts of fossil fuel energy development, the state media routinely calls the activists at the Dakota Resource Council for comment. The group is typically described as a “landowner group” or a “conservation group.” They have full-time staff, and by all outward appearances are a competent proponent of ...

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DRC and Health Dept. disagree on TENORM


In light of the recent proposed re-evaluation of North Dakota’s waste disposal policies, the Dakota Resource Council (DRC) has requested that the Department of Health further examine the effects that radioactive waste in the state’s landfills would have on citizens.  The Department of Health recently proposed a set of rules that would allow oilfield waste landfills in North Dakota that ...

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ND proposes changes in oilfield waste rules

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BISMARCK, N.D.— Oil companies may be allowed to dispose of radioactive oilfield waste at some North Dakota landfills instead of hauling it out of state under new rules proposed by the state Health Department. State regulators said the proposed rules that were publicly announced Friday will help track oilfield waste and come in response to the growing number of illegally ...

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