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New CO2 rules threaten North Dakota prosperity

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota’s “continued prosperity” is at stake and the state’s $4 billion lignite industry is in “mortal danger” due to new federal rules mandating a significant reduction in carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fueled power plants, an industry official told lawmakers Tuesday. “The magnitude of this problem is greater than anything we’ve ever dealt with,” Lignite Energy Council President ...

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Radioactive ND: Health Council approves oilfield waste limit increase

North Dakota State health officials approved new rules which would allow for the disposal of radioactive oilfield waste in certain landfills on Tuesday, reports the Forum News Service. In a unanimous decision, the State Health Council voted to adopt rules allowing for the disposal of waste registering radioactivity levels of up to 50 picocuries per gram. The new level is ...

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ND mulling project to recycle oil drilling waste for roads

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota lawmakers are looking at a project to treat and recycle the drilling waste for road building and other uses. The measure would set aside about $65,000 for the state Health Department to monitor a project and develop standards. Companies targeting the rich Bakken shale formation in western North Dakota get more than crude oil when ...

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Contamination levels dropping from ND saltwater spill

State and company officials say contamination levels have dropped along waterways affected by a massive saltwater spill in western North Dakota’s oil patch. A pipeline leak detected last month spilled nearly 3 million gallons of saltwater brine near Williston. The wastewater is a byproduct of intensive oil drilling taking place in the Bakken region of North Dakota and Montana. North ...

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Comment period extended for radioactive waste proposal

BISMARCK, N.D. — People who want to comment on proposed new rules dealing with the disposal of radioactive oilfield waste now have more time. North Dakota’s Health Department has extended the comment period to March 2. Health officials are proposing to allow elevated levels of oilfield radioactive waste to be dumped at some North Dakota landfills. Environmental Health Chief Dave ...

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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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ND official: 3M gallons of saltwater spills, damage unclear

WILLISTON, N.D. — State officials say nearly 3 million gallons of saltwater generated by oil drilling has leaked from a North Dakota pipeline, though the environmental effects aren’t immediately clear. State health official Dave Glatt said Wednesday that the leak was detected Jan. 6, north of Williston. It’s the largest saltwater spill since the state’s oil boom began in 2006, ...

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