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Regional vacancy listing to be assembled to help house nearly 700 workers for urea plant construction

PSC granted permits for $2 billion in energy projects in 2015

BISMARCK – The North Dakota Public Service Commission approved more than $2 billion in energy-related projects in 2015, the agency said this week. The siting permits approved last year included 16 transmission pipelines totaling more than 495 miles, including both new projects and pipelines that were converted to transmission pipelines.

State official says big pipeline spills should soon be a thing of the past

State official says big pipeline spills should soon be a thing of the past

STANLEY, N.D. – Pipeline spills should become a smaller problem in North Dakota after new regulations are developed, a state official said Tuesday. “We shouldn’t have large spills anymore. That’s my goal,” said Kevin Connors, pipeline program supervisor for the Department of Mineral Resources.

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PSC granted permit for $2 billion in energy projects in 2015

BISMARCK – The North Dakota Public Service Commission approved more than $2 billion in energy-related projects in 2015, the agency said this week.

Big cuts to oil impact grants loom for local agencies

BISMARCK – A fund that provides grants to local agencies impacted by oil and gas development in western North Dakota is on track to collect less than half of the nearly $140 million that lawmakers appropriated for 2015-17, forcing officials to consider scaling back the program.

Hearings set for two McKenzie pipelines

WATFORD CITY, N.D. – The North Dakota Public Service Commission will hold two public hearings on Feb. 9 in Watford City on separate pipeline proposals. ONEOK Bakken Pipeline proposes to construct a 14.4-mile steel loop pipeline and associated facilities in McKenzie County.

Waiting for help: Number of addiction counselors in region falls short of need

DICKINSON, N.D. -- Jan Kuhn, the director of Sacajawea Substance Abuse Counseling in Dickinson, said she has doubts that her business will be able to continue once she retires.

Shooting suspect says he plans to turn self in

Shooting suspect says he plans to turn self in

WATFORD CITY, N.D. – A man wanted by the McKenzie County Sheriff’s Office for his involvement in a weekend shooting said he’s not armed or dangerous and he plans to turn himself in Tuesday.

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Worthless oil? Report overstates decline of ND crude

WILLISTON, N.D. – Oil prices in North Dakota have reached historic lows, but not quite as low as some national headlines portrayed this weekend.

Farmer says pipeline company must ‘do something better’ after second spill

Farmer says pipeline company must ‘do something better’ after second spill

WILLISTON, N.D. – The same man affected a year ago by the state’s largest pipeline spill discovered Monday that land he rents is now the site of a new cleanup operation.

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Mega oil well unit will see drilling until at least 2019

BISMARCK – The company developing a massive drilling unit in Dunn County said Wednesday it plans to keep drilling until at least 2019 to develop 60 more wells.

Williston commission votes to move strip clubs out of downtown

Williston commission votes to move strip clubs out of downtown

WILLISTON, N.D. – City commissioners approved three ordinances Tuesday night that would rid Williston’s downtown of its two strip clubs and restrict exotic dancing to industrial zones.

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New waste treatment facility for radioactive material under construction west of Killdeer

KILLDEER -- Dunn County is expected to see a new waste treatment facility that can handle radioactive material become operational in February.

Oil drilling rig count at 58 and still falling

Oil drilling rig count at 58 and still falling

WILLISTON, N.D. – North Dakota has fewer than 60 drilling rigs operating in the state for the first time since 2009, about a third of what were operating a year ago.

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City leaders move forward after unexpected crude price declines in 2015

City leaders move forward after unexpected crude price declines in 2015

Leaders in western North Dakota's Oil Patch cities say life didn't change as abruptly as many expected it to in 2015 as crude prices bottomed out, oil rigs disappeared from the landscape, and oilfield workers packed up and left the area in droves.

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