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Where do the rigs go? As more and more rigs are pulled out of service, companies need to store the massive equipment somewhere.

Where do the rigs go? As more and more rigs are pulled out of service, companies need to store the massive equipment somewhere.

DICKINSON, N.D. -- When oil prices drop, rig workers winnow down and companies pull their drilling rigs into the Bakken's core, the discharged derricks and associated equipment have to go somewhere -- but not too far.

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ND oil workers see hours cut as oil prices slump Oil slowdown could affect thousands of jobs in Bakken

ND oil workers see hours cut as oil prices slump Oil slowdown could affect thousands of jobs in Bakken

WILLISTON, N.D. – Ahmed Osman recently worked 16-hour days hauling water and sand used to frack oil and gas wells in western North Dakota. But Osman now sees mostly eight-hour days as companies in the Bakken respond to low oil prices by cutting operations. “It’s very slow,” said Osman, a truck driver who moved from Fargo to Williston last year.

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Testimony in flaring bill raises idea of eminent domain

BISMARCK – A bill seeks to further restrict natural gas flaring in North Dakota, but an industry group leader testified Friday that bold actions such as “quick take” eminent domain may be necessary to eliminate flaring. Landowners promptly denounced the eminent domain idea Friday and said the industry's poor track record of spills and working with landowners is why many are hesitant to grant pipeline easements.

Revised forecast predicts $4B drop in N.D. oil and gas tax revenue amid sagging oil prices

BISMARCK – A revised state revenue forecast presented Thursday to North Dakota lawmakers predicts the effects of sagging oil prices will cause oil and gas tax revenue to drop more than $4 billion over the next two years compared with the December forecast used in the governor’s budget.

Hess will cut spending but keep drilling in Bakken

WILLISTON, N.D. – Hess Corp., one of North Dakota’s largest oil and gas producers, will cut spending and operate fewer rigs in the Bakken this year, but plans to drill almost as many wells as last year.

STATE NEWS BRIEFS: Colorado man charged for alleged possession of explosives in Watford City

The following North Dakota news briefs were compiled by the Forum News Service: Colorado man charged for alleged possession of explosives in Watford City WATFORD CITY, N.D. -- Law officers in McKenzie County have arrested a Colorado man on five felony charges after finding explosives, ammunition and weapons in his vehicle and home Monday.

Fish to be examined for petroleum chemicals

BILLINGS, Mont. -- Shovelnose sturgeon and emerald shiners that were netted by Fish, Wildlife and Parks personnel in the Yellowstone River downstream from a Jan. 17 oil spill near Glendive near the Montana-North Dakota border will be tested at a Billings lab for exposure to petroleum chemicals.

Inspectors missing from the pipeline puzzle: State unable to find qualified help; lawmakers try to add safeguards

Inspectors missing from the pipeline puzzle: State unable to find qualified help; lawmakers try to add safeguards

WILLISTON, N.D. – State oversight of more than 20,000 miles of underground pipelines has been “very, very minimal” as it struggles to hire qualified inspectors, a spokeswoman for the North Dakota Industrial Commission says.

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Supporters of Devils Lake refinery encouraged by in-depth report

DEVILS LAKE, N.D. -- Promoters of a proposed 20,000-barrel-per-day oil refinery near Devils Lake are encouraged by an in-depth report, released Friday, that explores the $200 million project. The Devils Lake City Commission will decide Feb. 2 whether to annex the land for the project. Annexation would mean the city plans to move forward with the project and would trigger the state regulatory permitting process, according to Rachel Lindstrom, executive director of Forward Devils Lake, the local economic development agency. "We were exceptionally pleased that the due diligence study did not find any fatal flaws in the project," she said.

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Bright light dimmed in oil well fire death

Bright light dimmed in oil well fire death

MANDAREE, N.D. -- There’s that old song about the night the lights went out in Georgia. Tonight, it’s about a bright light from Georgia that went dark in North Dakota. For being just one of thousands who have made their way to the oil patch to make a better life, Wes Herrmann leaves a huge hole in that patchwork of so many. He lived large before he died at an oil well site near Mandaree earlier this month. He was the owner of a start-up roustabout company, Legendary Field Services of Watford City, doing a fairly routine tube change on the heater-treater unit when a sudden ignition created an inferno of fire.

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Oil giant that works in Bakken cutting jobs

BISMARCK, N.D. -- Baker Hughes, one of the big names in the Bakken oil service industry and being purchased by Halliburton, said this week it will lay off 7,000 workers between now and the end of March. That news came during the company’s earnings conference call, with no details about where the cuts would occur in the company’s worldwide operations. It’s expected most of them will be in the U.S., according to analysis. Baker Hughes specializes in hydraulic fracture well completions.

Oil spill effects on fish, wildlife still uncertain

Oil spill effects on fish, wildlife still uncertain

GLENDIVE, Mont. -- Guided by lessons learned during the response to the 2011 oil spill in the Yellowstone River, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks officials are attempting to gather baseline data on the effects of Saturday’s oil spill into the Yellowstone near Glendive. “We’ve had people out there right on top of this,” said Bruce Rich, fisheries bureau chief for FWP. “First notice got out more effectively than last time.”

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WIlliams County brine spill much bigger than originally reported

WILLISTON, N.D. -- A spill earlier this month from a saltwater line north of Williston has turned out to be the biggest spill of North Dakota’s current oil boom and possibly one of the biggest ever.. About 70,000 barrels, or nearly 3 million gallons, of the brine escaped a rupture in a gathering line operated by Summit Midstream subsidiary Meadowlark Midstream. Brines are also referred to as "produced water,” which is extracted along with oil and gas during exploration and production. Chloride, ammonia and other contaminants in brine threaten life underwater.

Agency says oil pipeline break below riverbed

Flooding, ice flow could have damaged cover over pipeline
GLENDIVE, Mont. -- The pipeline break that released an estimated 42,000 gallons of crude oil into the Yellowstone River is beneath the river bed, a federal official said Tuesday. The Pipeline Hazardous Materials Safety Administration confirmed the location of the break, but couldn't say whether the 12-inch diameter Bridger pipeline, which began releasing oil into the river Saturday, lay bare on the river bottom. Bridger Pipeline spokesman Bill Salvin, said the break was near the south bank of the river. The cause of the break hasn’t been determined.

Pipeline leak threatens town’s drinking water supply

Pipeline leak threatens town’s drinking water supply

Precautions taken for downstream towns, including Williston GLENDIVE, Mont. -- Truckloads of water are being brought into Glendive after a spill of close to 1,200 barrels of oil, roughly 50,000 gallons, has officials concerned about the town’s water supply.

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