Dear Attorney General Eric Holder (and federal lawmakers),
BISMARCK, N.D. — The future of crude oil shipments by train depends on proving to the public that it can be done safely, the head of BNSF Railway Co. said Wednesday.
BISMARCK, N.D. — Oil industry representatives are pushing back against tougher rules for rail cars carrying crude despite a string of fiery accidents and insisting that oil shipped by train from the Northern Plains is no more dangerous than some other cargoes.
The scope of groundwater contamination on the Fort Peck Reservation caused by oil exploration that began in the 1950s has been estimated at 15 to 37 billion gallons spread across 17.9 square miles, according to a recent study.
Six defendants, including three from Montana, on Tuesday denied federal drug charges accusing them of trafficking methamphetamine from California to Montana and South Dakota.
A Washington man indicted in a methamphetamine operation that distributed the drug in Sidney area and the Bakken oil fields admitted charges on Thursday.
A Sidney woman accused of trafficking methamphetamine in the Bakken oil fields and southern Montana admitted federal charges in Billings on Wednesday.
After years of negotiation with Montana, oil giant TransCanada Corp. on Monday officially offered Bakken oil producers an onramp to its Canada-Gulf of Mexico pipeline.
WILLISTON, N. D. — In two short years, Bainville, a town with at least 150 residents on the Montana-North Dakota state line, has seen its K-12 school enrollment of 67 nearly double.
WILLISTON, N.D. — Looking over to a badlands butte flanking the shore of Lake Sakakawea, Bev and Bruce Conway, of Williston, N.D., pointed out their truck window to a 30-foot natural-gas flare burning up from a coulee under a brilliant July sky.
WILLISTON, N.D. — Tugging at his King Ropes cap, Greg MacCarty laughed about his unexpected career shift to truck driver in the oil fields of western North Dakota after 35 years ranching with his wife, Vickie, near the Pryor Mountains south of Billings.
While enjoying a summer night at the cabin on the shores of Lake Sakakawea 20 miles east of Williston, N.D., attorney Chuck Neff spotted massive lights illuminating a once-dark bluff. The full moon hanging low in the prairie sky paled in comparison.
After a major slowdown, oil permits filed with the state of Montana are on the rise again.
At the site of the Hartland 14X-26 oil well about five miles southwest of Sidney, a whole lot of activity is packed into the 430-by-300-foot patch of prairie.
Jesus Martinez monitors water levels as sand, water and gel are mixed at a "frac job" near Sidney. In one two-day job, the crew pumped 700,000 gallons of water and gel and about 800,000 pounds of sand into the ground so that oil could be extracted.
A worker walks past a bank of water tanks at the oil well.
Tim Lechner was a production manager for Headington Oil Co. when this photo was taken last month. On July 15, all of Headington's Montana and North Dakota assets were sold to a Texas company, XTO Energy.
Engineers monitor operations in a control room at an oil well near Sidney.
As soon as a "frac job" at this well near Sidney was over, crews raced to disassemble the equipment so they could get to another well.