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BISMARCK, N.D. – Nearly 50 townships in North Dakota will receive a total of $5 million in grants to fix damaged roads and address other impacts of oil and gas activity.
The state Land Board voted unanimously Wednesday to award a total of $6.1 million from the state’s Oil and Gas Impact Grant Fund, with the bulk of it going to townships.
Project still needs federal approval
BISMARCK, N.D. – State regulators granted a permit Wednesday for a high-voltage power line that will cross the area of an 1864 battle between American Indians and Army soldiers in western North Dakota.
The Basin Electric Power Cooperative project still needs federal approval.
State doesn’t check compliance background for that kind of permit
KILLDEER, N.D. -- The operators behind a Killdeer radioactive waste handling facility recently shut down by the state has a rocky history. But that’s not something the Health Department would catch in the permitting process.
The founder of Dyad Environmental, Daniel McNair, and the company itself show up in court records around the country.
However, North Dakota health officials said the radioactive license permitting process doesn’t include a step to check the background of the companies.
WILLISTON, N.D. – Eastern North Dakota residents who want to see firsthand what’s happening in the Bakken can now take a tour guided by a former oil truck driver.
World Class Tours of Wahpeton is offering its first North Dakota oilfield educational tour this June. The business typically does vacation tours, but received a significant number of requests for an oilfield trip, said owner Jake Kubela.
BISMARCK, N.D. – As a doctor who majored in chemistry, Lyle Best said he can’t help but wonder about the potential health effects of the plumes of flame and large clouds of black smoke that frequently belch from two oil well flares about 200 yards upwind of his house near Watford City.
He said he and his wife Susan don’t pretend there’s a simple answer to North Dakota’s problem of flaring natural gas, but they have a few suggestions.
Fargo, Sioux Falls share business connections, other similarities SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Some call them the twin cities, Sioux Falls and Fargo. The two Dakota stops on Interstate 29 have so many similarities that more Sioux Falls businesses have headed north and Fargo’s influence is felt south, too.
Brenda Wade Schmidt, Sioux Falls Business Journal
, April 20, 2014
WILLISTON, N.D. – Criminal charges have been filed against a truck driver accused of illegally dumping oilfield waste in western North Dakota, and the trucking company he worked for could face more than $950,000 in civil penalties for repeat offenses, officials said Tuesday.
Legislative committee hears testimony on damage from oil development
MINOT, N.D. – Darwin Peterson is the third member of what he hopes is a fifth-generation farm.
But the Bottineau County man worries about the quality of land he’ll be able to pass on to his grandson after it was damaged by saltwater, a byproduct of oil development, when a pipeline ruptured in 2011.
Peterson told a legislative committee Tuesday this will be the third season he’s unable to plant on the cropland that was affected by the spill, and remediation efforts by the company responsible have had limited results.
Basin Electric official says it’s ‘very important step,’ but fed approval still needed
BISMARCK, N.D. – A controversial plan to run about 200 miles of high-voltage power lines across part of western North Dakota – including the study area of an 1864 battle between American Indians and Army soldiers – could win the blessing of state utility regulators Wednesday, with some conditions.
Basin Electric Power Cooperative’s transmission line would run from its Antelope Valley power plant near Beulah to a substation near Tioga to help meet growing demand for power in western North Dakota’s oil and gas producing region.
POWERS LAKE, N.D. – When Carolynn Robinson and her husband moved from Washington state to North Dakota to work in the oilfields, they thought it would just be a summer gig.
But the move worked out so well, they decided to stay.
“We’re getting more and more attached to North Dakota,” said Robinson, who moved to the state about two years ago.
Lack of work in their home state prompted them to move to North Dakota.
But City Commission could lift moratorium on such businesses
WILLISTON, N.D. – Sanford Health plans to bring two multimillion-dollar mobile clinics to the Bakken to meet health care needs, but right now they would not be legal in Williston.
The Williston City Commission has a moratorium on any new mobile businesses until city leaders can establish planning and zoning guidelines for them.
The city implemented a six-month moratorium last fall and recently extended it through September while the issue is studied by a committee, said Nick Vasuthawawat, code compliance officer for Williston.
BISMARCK, N.D. – A special hearing is set for April 22 to provide input on reducing natural gas flaring to the Oil and Gas Division of the state Department of Mineral Resources.
The input gathered at the one-day hearing, as well as through written comments that can be submitted, will be considered as the North Dakota Industrial Commission moves forward with a newly adopted plan to reduce flaring.
FARGO, N.D. – What if the fiery Casselton derailment on Dec. 30 had not happened a half-mile west of the small town, but in the heart of downtown Fargo?
That’s the sobering – and difficult – question Cass County Emergency Manager Dave Rogness tried to answer Tuesday at North Dakota State University.
About 5,000-plus residents would have been evacuated within a 1¼- mile radius of the intersection of Broadway and Main Avenues, as compared to the roughly 1,500 who left Casselton as smoke drifted over their homes.
FARGO, N.D. – Kelly Robinson found that the shortcut to launching her nursing career involved moving 3,800 miles from Honolulu to here.
She learned of opportunities for registered nurses at Sanford Health in Fargo. Because she could work immediately as a nurse, without a year’s stint as a nursing assistant, a common requirement on the West Coast, she uprooted after graduation.
“I was at a computer screen the whole time I was there,” she said of her job at a hospital in Honolulu, where she placed incoming patients in appropriate rooms. When she started in January as a nurse on a medical-surgical floor at Sanford Medical Center, she was immediately giving hands-on care.
The move was eased by a relocation assistance grant from Sanford, which is aggressively recruiting registered nurses from around the country to meet a high demand.
Many state officials weren’t aware state inspections possible
BISMARCK, N.D. – North Dakota has almost singlehandedly driven massive crude-by-rail growth across the nation, but the state doesn’t employ its own inspectors to ensure the trains and tank cars leaving the Bakken oilfields are safe.
Thirty states run their own railroad inspection programs to supplement federal inspectors stretched thin nationwide. Several of them, including Minnesota and New York, are trying to add inspectors to cope with the influx of trains hauling North Dakota crude.
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