ND Oil, Gas Royalty Owners Concerned About Deductions From Checks

BISMARCK – Oil and gas royalty owners are seeing more deductions from their checks but companies aren’t adequately explaining why, a former North Dakota state representative said. Bob Skarphol, a Republican from Tioga who recently retired from the Legislature, is asking the North Dakota Industrial Commission to protect royalty owners by requiring companies to clearly…
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ND Joins Lawsuit Against BLM Over Methane Rule

BISMARCK – North Dakota is joining a lawsuit that seeks to block a federal rule related to reducing flaring, venting and leaking of natural gas on federal lands. North Dakota is intervening in a lawsuit filed by the states of Wyoming and Montana against the Department of Interior’s Bureau of Land Management, seeking a preliminary…
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Cleanup Continues After Oil Pipeline Spill In ND Waterway

BELFIELD, N.D. — About 50 contractors and other staff were on site Thursday, Dec. 8, continuing to clean up after a pipeline spill leaked an unknown amount of oil this week into a tributary of the Little Missouri River, a company representative said. Wendy Owen, spokeswoman for True Companies, said additional staff are expected to…
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ND Oil Pipeline Shut Down After ‘Significant’ Spill In Creek

BELFIELD, N.D. – A pipeline leak caused a significant oil spill in a tributary of the Little Missouri River this week, but the volume of oil released was still unknown Tuesday, Dec. 6, as a winter storm affected response efforts. The incident was discovered by a landowner, raising questions about whether the oil pipeline in…
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EPA Orders $2.1 Million Fine In ND Air Pollution Settlement

NEW TOWN, N.D. — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has issued a $2.1 million fine for air pollution at oil and gas wells primarily on North Dakota’s Fort Berthold Indian Reservation. But the settlement against Slawson Exploration Co. announced Thursday, Dec. 1, stems from just one of many enforcement actions underway against North Dakota operators…
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