Amy Dalrymple / Bismarck Tribune
BISMARCK—An oil company failed to report a 19,740-gallon brine spill at a site in Bottineau County last month until after a landowner noticed and alerted health officials. Great American Royalties Inc. filed a report on Monday, Oct. 9, about a tank that overflowed on Sept. 24 about 12 miles northwest of Maxbass, spilling 470 barrels of brine or saltwater, a waste byproduct of oil development. "The company did not make a notification until they were told to," said Bill Suess, spill investigation program manager for the North Dakota Department of Health.
BISMARCK—The North Dakota oil industry pushed back Wednesday on several proposed oil and gas rule changes, expressing strong opposition to a rule related to reporting small spills. The Department of Mineral Resources is taking public input on potential administrative rules, including a proposal in response to the law change approved this year that no longer requires spills under 10 barrels to be reported.
BISMARCK — The Dakota Access Pipeline has boosted North Dakota's tax revenues by $19 million in its first three months of operation, according to an analysis by the North Dakota Pipeline Authority. Director Justin Kringstad said producers have seen a $2 increase in the average price for Bakken crude in June, July and August compared to 2016 figures. He attributes the increase to more competitive transportation costs as a result of Dakota Access going into service in June.
DICKINSON, N.D. — A policy that allows the oil industry to withdraw water from the Little Missouri State Scenic River for hydraulic fracturing is up for discussion Wednesday by a recently reinstated advisory commission. The discussion comes at a time when one oil company has indicated preliminary plans to drill as many as 75 to 90 wells in the Little Missouri River Valley.
BISMARCK — An advocate for Native American victims of violence called Friday, Oct. 6, for a national inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women. Lisa Brunner, founding member of the Violence Against Women Task Force for the National Congress of American Indians, said listening sessions should be held in Indian Country, urban areas and Alaska Native villages to learn the depth of the issue. "The epidemic we face is a human rights issue," Brunner, a member of Minnesota's White Earth Ojibwe Nation, said during a Bismarck event in recognition of First Nations Day.
BISMARCK — Family members who took their fight over oil and gas minerals to the North Dakota Supreme Court said they're "elated" over an opinion issued this week in their favor. The Supreme Court reversed an earlier ruling in a court case involving the William S. Wilkinson family and the North Dakota Board of University and School Lands, sending the case back to district court.
TIOGA, N.D. — Four years after discovering North Dakota's largest oil pipeline spill, Steve and Patty Jensen are looking forward to removing the last contaminated soil from their former wheat field. Crews are nearly done excavating soil from what remains a massive operation to clean up 20,600 barrels — 865,200 gallons — of Bakken crude that Steve Jensen discovered while harvesting wheat on Sept. 29, 2013.
BISMARCK—Seven families who once called the North Dakota governor's residence home gathered to reminisce Thursday about time they spent in the building set to be demolished this fall. Gov. Doug Burgum, the ninth governor to live in the 57-year-old home that is being replaced, invited former governors and family members for a reception. The gathering included four of the five living former governors and three of the five living former first ladies: Allen Olson, Ed and Nancy Schafer, John and Mikey Hoeven and Jack and Betsy Dalrymple.
BISMARCK, N.D — Bakken crude and other light, sweet crude oils are in demand in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, a North Dakota official said Friday, Sept. 15. After the hurricane, analysts are seeing a $4 to $5 premium for each barrel of Bakken crude over West Texas Intermediate oil at Clearbrook, Minn., said Justin Kringstad, director of the North Dakota Pipeline Authority.
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz talked Wednesday, Sept. 13, about the newly crowned Miss America who graduated a year after him at Bismarck Century High School. "That's pretty cool for Bismarck, for Century High School," Wentz said when asked about his former schoolmate, Cara Mund. "My buddy was calling me the other night when she won and he was like 'You're old news now in Bismarck.' So that's pretty cool."