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Sioux tribe leader wants political help to halt oil pipeline

Beautiful open fields of South Dakota on the Standing Rock Sioux Nation reservation. Corson County, South Dakota. (Image: Neil Noland via Flickr)

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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Oglala Sioux Tribe members to join pipeline protesters

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PINE RIDGE, S.D. (AP) — Oglala Sioux Tribe members are traveling from their reservation in southwest South Dakota to join a growing protest against the construction of a four-state oil pipeline. Donna Solomon is the tribe’s legislative liaison. She says at least two buses and several cars carrying tribal members will arrive Monday evening to the site of the protest ...

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Best Bets for Buying New Homes: Oil Patch Communities

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If you are interested in buying a home in the oil patch communities in western North Dakota, you’re not alone. Many people have ended up in this region due to the abundance of high-paying jobs in the Bakken formation, where jobs surrounding the oil and gas industry have dominated the economy over the past few years. When the boom first ...

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Judge tosses flag desecration charge; was pipeline protest

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A flag desecration charge was dropped Monday for a man who protested a crude oil pipeline that crosses his property by hanging an American flag upside down at his home, online court records show. Homer Martz, 63, was charged Friday under a state law that makes it illegal to defile, cast contempt upon, satirize or ...

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North Dakota patrol asks motorists to avoid pipeline protest

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Highway Patrol is asking motorists to avoid state Highway 1806 near Fort Rice because of an oil pipeline protest along the road. Troopers say traffic delays are expected on the highway that runs through the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in southern North Dakota. Opponents of the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline are protesting ...

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North Dakota oil output drops 20K barrels daily in June

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota’s oil production decreased by more than 20,000 barrels a day in June. The Department of Mineral Resources says the state produced an average of 1.02 million barrels of oil daily in June, down from 1.04 million barrels in May. North Dakota’s production record was set in December 2014 at 1.22 million barrels daily. North ...

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Shailene Woodley joins oil pipeline protest in North Dakota

Shailene Woodley, Dakota Access pipeline protest

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Actress Shailene Woodley has joined a group of protesters in North Dakota demonstrating against the $3.8 billion Dakota Access Pipeline. The Bismarck Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/2b3S3q4 ) the star of the “Divergent” movie series joined more than 200 protesters Thursday at a “spirit camp” established by the Standing Rock Sioux at the confluence of the Cannonball and ...

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8,400 gallons of oil-saltwater mixture spills near Mohall

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A damaged injection line has caused a spill of about 8,400 gallons of a mixture of saltwater and oil in Bottineau County. The North Dakota Department of Health says the spill happened Wednesday about 3 1/2 miles north of Mohall. A representative of Texas-based Enduro Operating LLC, which operates the line, wasn’t immediately available to comment. ...

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Regulator: Corroded pipeline likely cause of saltwater spill

Photo: Spill by Sarah Camp via Flickr.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota’s Health Department says a corroded steel pipeline is the likely cause of a big saltwater spill in Bowman County. State environmental scientist Bill Suess (sees) says the 168,000-gallon spill occurred Tuesday morning about 9 miles southwest of Rhame at a well site owned by Texas-based Denbury Onshore LLC. The company did not return telephone ...

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State Health Council ratifies radioactive waste rules

This handout photo from the Three Affiliated Tribes shows radioactive filters illegally dumped on the Fort Berthold reservation.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota’s State Health Council ratified Tuesday a reapproval of rules allowing elevated levels of oilfield radioactive waste to be dumped at certain landfills. The 11-member advisory panel to the state Health Department voted unanimously to reapprove last year’s rules allowing 50 picocuries per gram of concentrations of TENORM — technologically enhanced radioactive material. It had ...

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