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Industry not expected to meet next flaring goal, seeks delay

BISMARCK – North Dakota’s oil and gas industry and the state’s top oil regulator are asking a panel to delay the next goal for reducing the flaring of natural gas, citing unforeseen circumstances including a glut of cheap gas, stalled infrastructure projects and difficulty obtaining permits and right-of-way for pipelines.

Man indicted on 13 felonies relating to saltwater disposal well

BISMARCK -- A Texas man was indicted in federal court Monday on 13 felony charges stemming from the operation of a saltwater disposal well near Dickinson, the Justice Department announced.

Former oil industry manager finds job in post office

Former oil industry manager finds job in post office

WILLISTON, N.D. – A former oil industry manager who was laid off earlier this year is enjoying a perk of his new job with the U.S. Postal Service – less stress.


NDUS launches oil, energy educational initiative

WILLISTON, N.D. -- The North Dakota University System is starting a new initiative to raise awareness of existing educational opportunities for oilfield and other energy workers in the western part of the state.

Truck driver gets probation for oil recycling plant incident: U.S. attorney said it should send message to trucking industry in Bakken oil patch

WIBAUX, Mont. -- A federal judge this week sentenced a Baker truck driver to probation for actions related a 2012 explosion and fire that injured three workers at an oil recycling plant near Wibaux.

Landowner says TransCanada acted like 'bullies' when seeking easements

DRAPER, S.D. -- As the Keystone XL pipeline vies for a Presidential Permit to begin construction, one South Dakota landowner is on a mission to put a stop to the project.

Commission wants more information about pipeline that would cross Lake Sakakawea

STANLEY, N.D – Public Service Commissioners want a pipeline company to consider an extra safety measure and provide more details about leak detection before they make a decision on a crude oil pipeline that would travel under Lake Sakakawea.

Authorities continue search for alleged fugitive car thief in Billings County

Authorities continue search for alleged fugitive car thief in Billings County

RURAL BELFIELD, N.D. -- The Billings County Sheriff’s Department has identified the alleged fugitive authorities are searching for throughout western North Dakota.


Former Watford City businessman awaiting trial in murder-for-hire plot tries to escape

SPOKANE, Wash.-- Spokane County Jail confirmed Thursday that the FBI is at the jail investigating a possible escape attempt by former Watford City, N.D., businessman James Henrikson, who is awaiting trial in a murder-for-hire plot involving his old partner in the oil fields of North Dakota.

Funding for saltwater remediation pilot project recommended

BISMARCK -- Funding for a pilot program on remediation of land spoiled by oil-drilling saltwater pits was recommended Thursday by the North Dakota Oil and Gas Research Program board. The board passes its recommendation of awarding $500,000 to the Energy and Environmental Research Center's proposal to the North Dakota Industrial Commission.

Featured Staff Blogs BISON MEDIA BLOG
Bison PostGame Show at Montana
What a tremendous football game. There's not much more I can add here that we don't say in the show, so join myself, Big E and Kolpack as we break down Montana's thrilling 38-35 win over North Dakota ...
8/30/15 at 1:29 AM ASTRO BOB
Tonight's Fiery Full Moon Will Tug At Your Heart
Gosh, the moon was orange last night. The fire haze has returned, this time from the western U.S. Events happening far away can sometimes have great impact close to home. Tonight's the Full Sturgeon...
8/29/15 at 11:10 AM UND HOCKEY
Grimaldi pitches college hockey
College Hockey Inc., held a showcase for prospective players in southern California on Thursday, and Rocco Grimaldi stopped by to give his thoughts on playing college hockey. He also told a little-...
S.D. sees 42 percent increase in pheasant brood counts
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department today said pheasant brood counts are up 42 percent from last year in the statewide pheasants-per-mile index. The index represents an increase of 150 pe...
Good news for South Dakota pheasants
South Dakotas pheasant population is up 42 percent over last year, the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks department announced Thursday. The statewide PPM index is similar to 2011 when hunters harveste...
8/27/15 at 10:36 AM

Wild Blackberry Jam
The wild blackberries are small this summer. At least the ones I picked seemed tiny compared to the huge ones I picked as a kid. Those berries were almost as long as my little finger. Of course, my...
Kindness Catching On During Back-to-School Rush
There must be something in the water, or maybe back-to-school time brings out the best in people. Whatever the case, I've gotten to hear lots of great stories lately that I want to share with you. ...
8/29/15 at 6:14 AM UND NEWS
UND announces nickname voting process and dates
University of North Dakota President Robert Kelley has announced the details of the voting process for determining final selection of a nickname for UNDs athletics teams. The voting process, which wi...
8/28/15 at 4:55 PM NDAD INSIGHT
NDAD creates Faye Gibbens Memorial Grant
It is with great pride that NDAD announces the establishment of the Faye Gibbens Memorial Grant. NDAD will award a $5,000 grant to an agency/organization to be used for a health, welfare, social se...
8/28/15 at 12:40 PM NDSU NEWS
NDSU names director of admission
Merideth Sherlin has been named director of admission at North Dakota State University. She was selected for the position following a national search. Laura Oster-Aaland, associate vice provost for e...
8/28/15 at 9:04 AM