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Williston approves ordinance to eliminate crew camps

The city commission's decision to end Williston crew camps will likely face a legal battle. (Image: Tim Whitlow via Flickr)

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — Williston’s City Commission has given final approval to an ordinance that will eliminate oil field crew camps within city limits this summer, although the matter still lingers in the courts. On Tuesday, commissioners unanimously approved a Sept. 1 deadline for crew camps to shut down, with companies given about another two years to clean up and ...

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Feds to livestream Gulf oil and gas lease sale

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Five months after protesters disrupted an oil and gas lease sale for tracts in the Gulf of Mexico, the government is livestreaming a lease sale but closing the site in New Orleans where bids are read. Wednesday’s sale, offering all 23.8 million acres available for drilling and exploration off of Texas coast, will be the first ...

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Judge moves pipeline protest hearing, says sides should meet

handshake, negotiate

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A federal judge has postponed a hearing on whether a preliminary injunction should be issued to prevent protesters in North Dakota from interfering with construction of an oil pipeline. U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland moved the hearing scheduled on Thursday to Sept. 8. The judge also extended a restraining order against the protesters until the hearing. ...

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Stocks end mostly lower in quiet trade; oil prices decline

oil prices, financial markets, wall street

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks closed slightly lower in quiet trading Monday after drifting most of the day between gains and losses. Energy companies fell along with the price of oil while biotechnology and drug companies rose after Pfizer announced it was buying a cancer drug maker. Trading remained subdued, as it has been for most of the month, with ...

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Feds agree to pay Maine $413K for pollution clean-up

Oil fueling Eddy County's economic future

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — The federal government has agreed to pay Maine about $413,000 to clean up decades-old hazardous pollution at oil storage facilities. Democratic Attorney General Janet Mills alleged two weeks ago in U.S. District Court that Maine faces $10.8 million in past and future cleanup costs for pollution at former Portland-Bangor Waste Oil Co. sites in Casco and ...

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Nigerian oil militants declare ceasefire, ready to negotiate

Louisiana oil spill

WARRI, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria’s leading oil militants have declared a conditional ceasefire in attacks that are losing the West African nation a million barrels of oil a day. The Niger Delta Avengers also say they are willing to negotiate a peace deal. A statement posted on the group’s website and dated Saturday says they will continue an undeclared “cessation ...

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Judge denies Iowa landowners’ request to halt pipeline work

no trespassing, pipeline protest

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A district court judge on Monday denied a request by Iowa landowners to immediately halt construction of a $3.8 billion oil pipeline on 15 parcels of their land, saying they must first talk to state regulators. A state law written in 1998 says the Iowa Utilities Board must consider such a request before the court ...

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US rig count up 10 this week to 491, Texas up 8

rig count, Baker Hughes

HOUSTON (AP) — The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by 10 this week to 491. A year ago, 885 rigs were active. Depressed energy prices have sharply curtailed oil and gas exploration. Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. said Friday that 406 rigs sought oil and 83 explored for natural gas ...

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North Dakota pipeline construction halted until court date

pipeline, pipeline tax

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Developers of a $3.8 billion, four-state oil pipeline have agreed to halt construction near an American Indian reservation in southern North Dakota until a federal court hearing next week in Washington, D.C. The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe is suing federal regulators for approving permits for the Dakota Access Pipeline that will move oil from North Dakota ...

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Sioux tribe leader wants political help to halt oil pipeline

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe says he has contacted the White House and met with North Dakota’s senators in an effort to halt construction of a $3.8 billion, four-state oil pipeline. David Archambault II says he met Wednesday with North Dakota Sens. John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp to “express concerns” about the Dakota ...

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