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APNewsBreak: Tribe says Corps’ pipeline findings preordained

APNewsBreak: Tribe says Corps’ pipeline findings preordained

The Native American tribe leading the fight against the Dakota Access oil pipeline said Thursday that an Army Corps of Engineers document shows the agency concluded the pipeline won’t unfairly affect tribes before it consulted them. Standing Rock Sioux officials say the document, which they shared with The Associated Press, bolsters the tribe’s claim that […]

North Dakota, MHA Nation sign new oil tax compact

North Dakota, MHA Nation sign new oil tax compact

North Dakota and the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation took a major step on Thursday toward resolving a dispute over oil tax revenue, with leaders of both governments signing a new oil tax agreement. The new compact signed by Gov. Doug Burgum and Chairman Mark Fox sends a greater share of oil tax revenue to […]

Wind turbine shutdowns during polar vortex stoke Midwest debate

Wind turbine shutdowns during polar vortex stoke Midwest debate

As residents of the Twin Cities awoke on Jan. 29, the first of three straight days of subzero temperatures, about half of the region’s electricity was coming from wind farms dotting the Upper Midwest. Wind energy across the Midcontinent Independent System Operator’s northern region, stretching from Minnesota to Iowa, peaked that morning between 9 and […]

Judge finds Lake Sakakawea minerals law constitutional

Judge finds Lake Sakakawea minerals law constitutional

A new North Dakota law better defining oil and gas ownership under Lake Sakakawea is constitutional but requires the state to refund too much money, a judge ruled Wednesday. East Central Judicial District Judge John Irby issued a 25-page order in the lawsuit from Rep. Marvin Nelson, D-Rolla, former governor candidate Paul Sorum and others […]

iPIPE gaining out-of-state attention

iPIPE gaining out-of-state attention

A Bakken consortium of companies aiming to stop pipeline leaks altogether is attracting out-of-state, out-of-Bakken interest. The iPIPE consortium recently accepted its first out-of-state member, DCP Midstream, a Colorado-based subsidiary of Phillips 66. “DCP liked the model so much they wanted to be part of it, so they became a member last month,” said Jay […]

Leak causes brine spill at Williams County well site

Leak causes brine spill at Williams County well site

A leak caused about 260 barrels, or 10,920 gallons, of brine to spill Wednesday at an oil and gas well in Williams County, according to the North Dakota Oil and Gas Division. Equinor Energy reported the spill about 6 miles northeast of Williston was caused by a valve leak. The brine was contained on the […]

Pipeline developer files new lawsuit against Greenpeace

Pipeline developer files new lawsuit against Greenpeace

The Dakota Access Pipeline developer filed a new lawsuit against Greenpeace and other defendants on Thursday, about a week after a judge dismissed a complaint against the organization in federal court. Energy Transfer Partners filed a civil lawsuit in Morton County District Court alleging Greenpeace and other defendants engaged in an “unlawful and violent scheme” […]

MDU announces retirement of aging coal-fired units, including Mandan’s Heskett Station

MDU announces retirement of aging coal-fired units, including Mandan’s Heskett Station

Montana-Dakota Utilities announced Tuesday it plans to retire Heskett Station near Mandan in 2021 and replace the coal-fired electric generation units with a new natural gas facility. The Heskett Station, named for Montana-Dakota Utilities founder R.M. Heskett, employs 47 people and dates back to 1954. Montana-Dakota Utilities, a subsidiary of MDU Resources Group, said in a news […]