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Legislators hear victim-centered approach to human trafficking

Legislators hear victim-centered approach to human trafficking

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota lawmakers on Wednesday took extensive testimony on a series of bills aimed at addressing the issue of human trafficking in the state. Many took on a victim-centered approach as advocated by the state's attorney general, Wayne Stenehjem.

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Warmth hurting N.D. spill cleanup

Warmth hurting N.D. spill cleanup

WILLISTON, N.D. — Temperatures that reached into the 50s here Tuesday hampered cleanup efforts at the site of a massive pipeline leak, making the contamination spread more quickly into the state’s waterways, officials said.

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Big oil-and-gas company will cut spending but keep drilling in Bakken

Big oil-and-gas company will cut spending but keep drilling in Bakken

WILLISTON, N.D. — Hess Corp., one of North Dakota’s largest oil and gas producers, will cut spending and operate fewer rigs in the Bakken this year, but plans to drill almost as many wells as last year.

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'Not Mayberry anymore': Oil patch cops scramble to keep up

'Not Mayberry anymore': Oil patch cops scramble to keep up

WATFORD CITY, N.D. — Police chief Art Walgren knew how much the oil boom had changed this once-sleepy town when he spotted something that would have been unheard of not long ago: license plates from Sinaloa, Mexico, home to one of the world's most violent drug cartels.

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Bakken wives worry over job losses

Bakken wives worry over job losses

BISMARCK, N.D. — With the price for a barrel of crude oil hovering below $50 per barrel, the wives and girlfriends of the men who came to the Bakken to work are facing worries of their own.

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UM economists: Tourism powers economy, gas prices a concern in Bakken

UM economists: Tourism powers economy, gas prices a concern in Bakken

MISSOULA — Tourism in Montana is booming, beef calf prices are at a 60-year high and wages are on the upswing once more, economists told a Missoula audience Friday.

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Barriers set up, water tested at site of North Dakota spill

Barriers set up, water tested at site of North Dakota spill

BISMARCK, N.D. — Earthen barriers have been set up across a creek and water was being tested Thursday around the site of a nearly 3-million-gallon leak of saltwater generated by oil drilling, the largest spill of its kind during North Dakota’s current oil rush.

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Snow is dirtier in oil country

Snow is dirtier in oil country

FARGO, N.D. — The snow is dirtier in the Great Plains, especially in North Dakota’s Oil Patch, than in many other places in North America, a recently released snow survey has found.

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Nearly 3M gallons of brine spill; N.D. oil boom's largest leak

Nearly 3M gallons of brine spill; N.D. oil boom's largest leak

BISMARCK, N.D. — Nearly 3 million gallons of saltwater generated by oil drilling have leaked from a North Dakota pipeline, an official said Wednesday, the largest such spill since the state’s current oil boom began and nearly three times worse than previous record spills. Two creeks have bee…

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Questions and answers about oil and gas wastewater spills

Questions and answers about oil and gas wastewater spills

Nearly 3 million gallons of briny water generated by crude oil production has leaked from a North Dakota pipeline and reached two creeks, making it the biggest spill of this type of wastewater since the state's Bakken formation oil boom began in 2006.

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Judge rejects plea agreement in Bakken meth conspiracy

Judge rejects plea agreement in Bakken meth conspiracy

A federal judge Wednesday rejected a plea deal for a Fairview man convicted in a large methamphetamine conspiracy in the Bakken oil fields, saying the agreement didn’t reflect the crime or the defendant’s record.

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2nd oil fields death this year under investigation

2nd oil fields death this year under investigation

BISMARCK, N.D. — This year’s second death in the oil fields is under investigation by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

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Dickinson refinery costing more than expected due to delays

Dickinson refinery costing more than expected due to delays

DICKINSON, N.D. — The cost of a new oil refinery near Dickinson is rising due to delays in getting the facility up to full production.

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Williston updating comprehensive plan due to rapid growth

Williston updating comprehensive plan due to rapid growth

WILLISTON, N.D. — Officials are updating a comprehensive plan for Williston that is just a few years old, saying the original plan did not take into account the rapid growth that the oil patch hub has experienced.

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As oil prices drop, jobs still abound in the Bakken

As oil prices drop, jobs still abound in the Bakken

BISMARCK, N.D. — Even though the number of rigs drilling the Bakken drops daily, Williston Job Service manager Cindy Sanford said her office isn’t slowing down.

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Williston to shut down man camps for new fire sprinkler systems

WILLISTON, N.D. — The Williston City Commission voted this week to close the doors on two man camps for not having proper fire sprinkler systems installed.

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Company owner dies at Bakken oil well site

MANDAREE, N.D. — An oil service company owner has died and another employee was injured while repairing equipment at an oil well near Mandaree.

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1 dead, 1 injured in Bakken oilfield accident

1 dead, 1 injured in Bakken oilfield accident

BISMARCK, N.D. — An oil service company owner has died and another employee was injured while repairing equipment at a QEP Resources oil well location near Mandaree.

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Conference to connect manufacturers and oil industry

Conference to connect manufacturers and oil industry

BISMARCK, N.D. — Williston Economic Development wants to connect regional manufacturers and oil producers.

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Bullock's $400M infrastructure plan to be heard Tuesday

Bullock's $400M infrastructure plan to be heard Tuesday

HELENA — Gov. Steve Bullock’s proposed infrastructure plan, which would spend nearly $400 million on public works projects across the state, gets its first public airing Tuesday.

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