Eroded Berm Allows Saltwater To Spill Into Pasture

WILLISTON, N.D. – A reported spill of more than 2,700 barrels of saltwater northeast of Williston over the weekend reinforces the need for oil well pads to have adequate containment berms, one state agency said Monday. Zavanna staff discovered the spill of 2,733 barrels, or 114,786 gallons, of produced water about 10 a.m. Sunday at…
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With Drilling’s Decline, Worker Happy For Job Watching Idle Rigs

WILLISTON, N.D. – Oilfield worker Dean Bahley prefers to spend his days managing a drilling crew. But these days, the North Dakota native spends his time watching two dismantled drilling rigs stored in a field west of Williston, a job he describes as “loss prevention.” The slowdown in the state’s oil industry prompted Bahley, 57,…
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BNSF To Pay Fines For Oil, Diesel Spills

WILLISTON, N.D. – BNSF Railway will pay $600,000 in fines as part of a settlement agreement for oil and diesel spills in North Dakota and other states, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Thursday. The agreement with the EPA and the Department of Justice also addresses inadequate oil spill prevention plans BNSF had at its…
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Landfill Could Be First To Take Radioactive Waste Under New ND Rules

  WILLISTON, N.D. – An oilfield landfill south of Williston is the first facility in North Dakota to propose accepting radioactive waste under new state rules. IHD Solids Management LLC has submitted applications to the North Dakota Department of Health to accept radioactive waste that’s a byproduct of oil development and is currently being shipped…
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‘Despicable’ Sex Trafficker Gets 33 Years In Prison

BISMARCK – A California man convicted of sex trafficking was sentenced Wednesday to 33 years in prison, but one victim said she’ll deal with the trauma for her entire life. Federal prosecutors asked for a life sentence for Keith A. Graves, found guilty of preying on drug-addicted women and using violence and sexual assaults to…
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