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UPDATED: Trump Ready To Unleash Oil Industry

BISMARCK – Donald Trump pledged ’complete’ American energy independence and a focus on putting workers before regulations Thursday to a crowd that is eager to make the Bakken great again. The Republican presidential hopeful told more than 7,000 people at the Williston Basin Petroleum Conference that his policies on energy will put drilling rigs and…
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Gov. Jack Dalrymple speaks to the Williston Basin Petroleum Conference. Photo courtesy of Renae Mitchell

Unfinished Wells Remain The Wild Card For ND

BISMARCK – While greeting oil industry leaders Wednesday, North Dakota’s governor passed along a request from his budget director: “Right now, she would like you to please begin completing some more wells,” said Gov. Jack Dalrymple. “So if you could just tell your CEOs that if they would just get out there and complete a…
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Former employees of WCE Oil Field Services pose for a portrait in a work yard owned by their new employer, CS Welding, near Palermo, N.D. The workers are owed wages by WCE, which shut down in May 2015 without paying workers for their final weeks of work. Andrew Cullen/Forum News Service

Oilfield Business Failure Leaves Workers Unpaid, Jobless

STANLEY, N.D. – At least 42 employees of a North Dakota oilfield service company that folded a year ago are still owed hundreds of thousands in unpaid wages in a business debacle that also took its toll on Minnesota investors and other companies. Lawsuits and red tape have yet to bring any relief to the…
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Duke University professor Avner Vengosh presents the results of a study on contamination from wastewater spills in the Bakken on Wednesday, May 18, 2016, in New Town, N.D. Amy Dalrymple/Forum News Service

Tribal Members Question Water Quality In Response To New Bakken Study

NEW TOWN, N.D. – Some residents of the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation say they want greater monitoring of their drinking water to detect contamination from oil-related spills. Tribal members raised concerns Wednesday during a community event that featured a Duke University researcher who recently studied the impact of wastewater spills in North Dakota’s Oil Patch.…
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Oil Spill Affects Slough In Mountrail County

PARSHALL, N.D. – State health officials are monitoring the cleanup of 10 barrels, or 420 gallons, of oil that spilled Thursday and affected a nearby slough in Mountrail County. The spill occurred at a site owned by EOG Resources about 11 miles northwest of Parshall, the North Dakota Department of Health said. The spill was…
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