UPDATED: Heitkamp Influenced By Tribe’s Position As Senate Fails To Repeal Federal Methane Rule

WASHINGTON – Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., voted Wednesday, May 10, against repealing a federal rule related to methane emissions, a regulation supported by tribal and environmental groups but considered “disastrous” by North Dakota’s energy industry. Congress proposed to repeal the Bureau of Land Management rule on methane emissions from federal and tribal lands approved during…
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EPA Takes 1st Step To Approve ND Regulation Of Injection Wells

BISMARCK — The Environmental Protection Agency administrator announced Tuesday, May 9, he has signed a proposed rule that will allow North Dakota to regulate underground wells to store carbon dioxide, opening the door for new projects to reduce emissions. The long-awaited step from the EPA puts North Dakota on track to become the first state…
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Burgum Signs Bills On Spill Reporting, Department Of Environmental Quality

BISMARCK — Gov. Doug Burgum signed a bill Friday, April 7, that changes the threshold for reporting oil spills that are contained on well pads, a proposal that a landowner group urged him to veto. House Bill 1151 will no longer require oil companies to report oil and produced water spills of up to 10…
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Pipeline System That Leaked At Risk Of Future Failures, Regulators Say

BELFIELD, N.D. – The Belle Fourche Pipeline system that contaminated a tributary of the Little Missouri River is in a landslide-prone area and vulnerable to future spills, federal pipeline regulators say. A document from the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration shows that regulators believe the pipeline company may have experienced other spills in southwest…
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Oil Spill In Creek Originally Underestimated, Making It One Of Largest In ND History

BELFIELD, N.D. — An oil pipeline spill that contaminated a tributary of the Little Missouri River last December is now estimated to be three times larger than originally thought, making it one of the most significant pipeline spills in North Dakota history. Belle Fourche Pipeline Co. reports about 12,615 barrels, or 529,830 gallons, of oil…
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