Tribe Threatens To Leave Oil Tax Agreement With ND

BISMARCK — The leader of the oil-rich Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation threatened to leave the oil tax agreement with North Dakota on Tuesday, Jan. 10, during a legislative hearing that brought up unresolved conflicts over how the state shares oil tax revenue with the tribe. “We are not bluffing. Oil industry, please, take that…
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Study: ND Oil Cities Poised For More Growth, Have Big Needs

BISMARCK – Key cities in North Dakota’s Oil Patch are poised for additional growth as oil prices recover and will require more funding to meet the needs of a growing population, according to a new study. The growth, though, is expected to be at a more modest pace compared with recent years, said the study…
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$7,500 Fine Issued To Oil Company That Couldn’t Locate Pipelines

BISMARCK – Continental Resources has agreed to pay a $7,500 fine to settle a complaint that the oil company couldn’t locate underground pipelines in southwest North Dakota, one of three fines issued Wednesday, Jan. 4, by the Public Service Commission. Commissioner Brian Kalk said the fine should serve as a signal to the industry that…
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Corrective Action Order Issued In ND Oil Pipeline Spill

BELFIELD, N.D. – A federal agency has ordered Belle Fourche Pipeline to improve leak detection, remediate any pipeline in unstable land areas and take other steps to protect the environment following an oil spill in a Little Missouri River tributary. The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration issued a corrective action order to Belle Fourche,…
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OSHA Issues Citations To Oil Companies After Investigation Of June Fatality, Injuries

WATFORD CITY, N.D. – The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued serious safety violations to three companies after an investigation into a flash fire at a North Dakota oil well site last June that killed one worker and severely burned three others near Watford City. OSHA issued citations to the well’s operator, XTO Energy,…
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