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Public comments sought on final NAWS environmental study

BISMARCK, N.D. — The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation is calling for more stringent water treatment in its final environmental study for the Northwest Area Water Supply project. The report released Tuesday is another step in the long-delayed project to bring Missouri River water to residents of northwestern North Dakota. NAWS was first authorized by Congress nearly three decades ago, in ...

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Nebraska sediment studied for frack sand use

Scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey Nebraska Water Science Center may have found a solution to the state’s sediment excess: fracking. According to Prairie Business Magazine, the overabundance of sediment found in the Missouri River and Lewis and Clark Lake could potentially be used as proppant—sands used to hold open the cracks made during hydraulic fracturing. At a Missouri Sedimentation ...

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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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Expected drop in state oil tax money could affect NAWS

MINOT, N.D. — An expected reduction in state oil tax revenues due to a global drop in oil prices could mean less money for the Northwest Area Water Supply project. Gov. Jack Dalrymple’s budget included $18 million for NAWS, but the Legislature is considering $10 million. However, there still should be enough money to go ahead with a proposed $20 ...

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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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Williston water is supposedly safe to drink

Despite finding trace amounts of hydrocarbons in Williston’s drinking water, officials are reporting that it is still safe to drink. According to a report from The Williston Herald, Public Works Director David Tuan said, “During this period there are trace amounts of hydrocarbons in the water that are producing an odor. It is still small enough that it is safe ...

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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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North Dakota to test for tainted drinking water

As a result of the recent pipeline rupture outside Glendive, Montana, the North Dakota Department of Health will begin testing drinking water in Williston and other municipalities to determine if public health is at risk, according to a report by The Bismarck Tribune. The pipeline, owned by Bridger Pipeline LLC, released an estimated 40,000 gallons of oil into the Yellowstone ...

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Cleanup of Bakken oil spill nears completion

The cleanup of a North Dakota well blowout that occurred last week is nearing completion, according to a report by The Bismarck Tribune. The well released 600 barrels, or 25,000 gallons, of oil and saltwater. The incident took place on January 2 at a well site owned and operated by the private firm Petro-Hunt LLC.  A company spokesman reported to ...

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