Three Affiliated Tribes Councilman Ken Hall, center, talks with Jack Stark, right, president of Contintental Resources, and Chase Iron Eyes, left, candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives, during the North Dakota Petroleum Council annual meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016. Amy Dalrymple/Forum News Service

Tribal Official Urges Respect In Pipeline Debate

MINOT, N.D. – A Three Affiliated Tribes official urged oil industry leaders Tuesday to understand tribal sovereignty and treat tribal nations with respect as the Dakota Access Pipeline was on the minds of many at a North Dakota Petroleum Council event. Councilman Ken Hall referenced the Dakota Access controversy while addressing the industry group’s annual…
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Vegetation is sparse along this saltwater pipeline right-of-way in Mountrail County, N.D., pictured Thursday, June 17, 2016. Rules approved by the North Dakota Industrial Commission would increase regulation of these pipelines. Amy Dalrymple/Forum News Service

Legislative Delay Means New Pipeline Rules Will Miss This Construction Season

BISMARCK – North Dakota’s top oil regulator says he is disappointed new rules for gathering pipelines won’t take effect Oct. 1 as proposed, missing a prime construction period. Lynn Helms, director of the Department of Mineral Resources, said the decision last week by a legislative committee to delay action on some oil rules means pipelines…
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The Sacagawea Pipeline is pictured under construction on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016, in Mountrail County, N.D., near Lake Sakakawea. Amy Dalrymple/Forum News Service

Federal Regulators Investigate Sacagawea Pipeline

NEW TOWN, N.D. – Federal pipeline regulators will be in North Dakota this week investigating complaints about an oil pipeline recently installed under Lake Sakakawea. Personnel from the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration are investigating claims from former crew members on the Sacagawea Pipeline that the coating of the pipe was not properly inspected…
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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

Appeals Court Orders Temporary Halt Of Pipeline Construction Near Lake Oahe

By Mike Nowatzki and Amy Dalrymple BISMARCK – A federal appeals court on Friday ordered Dakota Access Pipeline to stop construction within 20 miles of Lake Oahe to allow the court more time to consider the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s request for an emergency injunction. The tribe requested the emergency injunction after U.S. District Court…
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Tanks used for hydraulic fracturing line a hillside in Watford City, N.D., reflecting the ongoing slowdown in the oil industry. Photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald

UPDATED: ND Oil Production Holds Steady In July As Producers Focus On Bakken Core

BISMARCK — North Dakota oil production held steady in July despite a slowdown in activity thanks to prolific wells in the core area of the Bakken where oil drilling is focused. The state produced an average of 1.029 million barrels per day in July, with production increasing two-tenths of a percent since June, the Department…
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