Oilfield Waste Facility Must Close, Clean Up Site

KILLDEER, N.D. – An oilfield waste treating plant north of Killdeer with a history of not complying with state rules must close after state regulators denied the facility a permit this week. Renewable Resources also will be required to properly dispose of a stockpile of oilfield waste that was recently estimated to be nearly four…
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Oil tanker cars are lined up at a crude oil rail loading terminal in Tioga.   photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald

Rail Agency Alerts Tank Car Owners To Potential Defects

WASHINGTON – The Federal Railroad Administration has identified potential flaws in some DOT-111 tank cars that carry crude oil and other hazardous liquids and is asking owners to take immediate action. The FRA said it has identified potential defects in a small portion of the U.S. tank car fleet manufactured by American Railcar Industries and…
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The Woodie Lee Watson Ranch has been in one family for three generations, is adjacent to Theodore Roosevelt National Park near Watford City . photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald

Historic Ranch In ND Badlands Fetches More Than $3.3 Million

WATFORD CITY, N.D. – A historic ranch in the North Dakota Badlands sold Wednesday, Sept. 28, for more than $3.3 million to nine different buyers. About 150 people attended the live auction for the Woodie Lee Watson Family Trust Ranch, with more than 50 registered to bid. The Watsons’ decision to sell the nearly 2,000…
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Aerial photograph taken Saturday, August 20, 2016 over protest camp on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in North Dakota. Tom Stromme/Bismarck Tribune

Draft Memo Says Cultural Survey Found No Burials, But Dakota Access Investigation Ongoing

CANNON BALL, N.D. – North Dakota’s chief archaeologist has found that no burial sites or significant sites were destroyed by Dakota Access Pipeline construction, according to an early draft of an internal memo authored by the State Historical Society. In a Sept. 22 memo from state archaeologist Paul Picha, he writes that seven archaeologists from…
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Protestors of the Dakota Access Pipeline site on Lake Oahe celebrate a Friday, Sept. 9, 2016, announcement that the Army promises to "reconsider any of its previous decisions" regarding the site north of Cannon Ball, N.D.Michael Vosburg / Forum News Service

Confused About The Dakota Access Controversy? This Primer Will Get You Up To Speed

CANNON BALL, N.D. — Controversy over what would be the Bakken’s largest oil pipeline has put North Dakota in the international spotlight. Opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline has prompted the largest gathering of Native Americans in decades while also attracting attention from celebrities, presidential candidates and the United Nations. The fight over the $3.78…
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