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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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Boil order in effect for people in Divide, Burke counties

BISMARCK, N.D. — Residents of communities in Divide and Burke counties have been told to boil tap water or use bottled water after a break in a Western Area Water Supply Authority pipeline. The state Health Department issued the boil order Sunday. It’s in effect until further notice for communities including Crosby, Fortuna, Noonan and Columbus. The water system brings ...

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Officials worried about saltwater spill into Little Muddy

BISMARCK, N.D. — A saltwater spill north of Williston reached the Little Muddy River, but state officials said it would be a while before harm to the environment can be measured. The saltwater spilled from a pipeline into Blacktail Creek and from there flowed into the Little Muddy. The spill was detected last week and the amount isn’t yet known, ...

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Cuomo says fracking study coming soon

ALBANY, N.Y. — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says a long-awaited study from the state Health Department on the impact of hydraulic fracturing is expected by the end of the year. In a radio interview Monday, the governor says the department’s analysis of the health impacts of the drilling method for natural gas is “on time” for delivery this year. ...

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Fine against ND oil field trucking company lowered

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WILLISTON, N.D. — Health Department fines against a trucking company operating in North Dakota’s oil fields without a proper license have been dropped from $459,000 to $200,000. The Health Department and Casper, Wyoming-based Black Hills Trucking, Inc. came to an agreement Thursday. In April, the Health Department said the company could be fined $1,000 for every day of operation without ...

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