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County objects to any lowered fine in large pipeline spill

In this photo taken Jan. 12, 2015, crews dig up land at a saltwater spill site near Blacktail Creek outside Williston, N.D. A North Dakota health official called the 70,000 barrel spill the state's largest during the state's current oil boom. (AP Photo/Williston Herald, Zack Nelson)

WILLISTON, N.D. — The Williams County Commission has gone on record as opposing a reduction of a $2.4 million fine levied against a Texas company for the largest pipeline spill in North Dakota history. State regulators are considering easing the record fine levied in June against pipeline owner Summit Midstream Partners. Regulators routinely settle on fines, saying it promotes cooperation ...

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North Dakota regulators mull easing pipeline spill fine

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota regulators are considering easing a record $2.4 million fine levied against a Texas company for a pipeline spill that spewed saltwater and oil for three months before being detected. The North Dakota Industrial Commission, a three-member all-Republican panel led by Gov. Jack Dalrymple, approved the sanction in June against Woodlands, Texas-based Summit Midstream Partners and ...

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Warm weather complicates cleanup of brine spill

Temperatures reaching the 50s in the oil patch may be relief to some, but the warmer weather is hindering cleanup efforts at the site of a major pipeline leak. The Forum News Service (FNS) reports that melting snow pack and increased water flow is making it difficult to collect the contamination in Blacktail Creek, according to David Glatt of the ...

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Pipeline not state inspected before 3M-gallon saltwater leak

BISMARCK, N.D. — A North Dakota official says a pipeline that spilled nearly 3 million gallons of saltwater produced during oil drilling wasn’t inspected by the state prior to being used. North Dakota Industrial Commission spokeswoman Alison Ritter said Wednesday that the pipeline was installed in July, but a shortage of qualified inspectors means state oversight has been minimal of ...

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After latest spill, ND Democrats to revisit monitoring bill

BISMARCK, N.D. — Following the largest saltwater spill of North Dakota’s current oil boom, Democrats in the state legislature said Thursday they will revisit measures overwhelmingly rejected two years ago that would mandate additional monitoring and safeguards. Cleanup was underway after the spill of nearly 3 million gallons of brine leaked from a pipeline in western North Dakota. It affected ...

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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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Summit Midstream plans Utica Shale natural gas pipeline system

Dallas-based Summit Midstream Partners reached an agreement with XTO Energy Inc. to develop a Utica Shale natural gas gathering system servicing XTO’s natural gas production from Belmont and Monroe counties in southeastern Ohio. The system will be owned and developed by a new indirect subsidiary of Summit Investments, Summit Midstream Utica, LLC. XTO, a subsidiary of ExxonMobil, will serve as ...

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