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TULARE, S.D.—An estimated 84 gallons of crude oil spilled at a Dakota Access Pipeline pump station in South Dakota last month, an incident opponents of the controversial pipeline say raises concerns. The spill occurred April 4 while crews were testing a pump at an above-ground pumping station near Tulare, which is about 50 miles south of Aberdeen.
WILLISTON, N.D.—Anglers looking to tangle with the biggest fish in the Missouri River are lining the shorelines in northwest North Dakota this week for paddlefish season. "It's a rush," said Randy Baxstrom of Colorado, who was among those to snag a paddlefish on Tuesday, May 2, the first harvest day of the year. The season is scheduled to run through May, but will close early if the 1,000-harvest cap is reached. As of early Tuesday afternoon, participants had harvested more than 40 paddlefish, with the largest one weighing 105 pounds.
WILLISTON, N.D. — North Dakota oil production exceeded expectations in February, jumping 5.4 percent to more than 1 million barrels a day, the Department of Mineral Resources said Thursday, April 13. Oil activity in the Bakken is projected to be “very aggressive” this summer, but companies are struggling to recruit enough workers for hydraulic fracturing crews and truck driving positions, said Director Lynn Helms.
MORTON COUNTY, N.D.—The Dakota Access Pipeline under Lake Oahe now contains oil as the developer prepares to place the pipeline into service, the company said Monday, March 27. In a weekly construction status update filed in U.S. District Court, a Dakota Access LLC attorney wrote that the company is commissioning the full pipeline before it will be placed into service. The 1,172-mile pipeline has the ability to carry 470,000 barrels of Bakken crude each day to a transportation hub in Patoka, Ill.
MANDAN, N.D. — Actress Shailene Woodley has agreed to plead guilty to disorderly conduct and serve one year of unsupervised probation for her involvement with Dakota Access Pipeline protests last October. Woodley signed a plea agreement filed Friday, March 24, that states she would plead guilty to the Class B misdemeanor. The charge was amended from an earlier charge of criminal trespass. A misdemeanor charge of engaging in a riot will be dismissed under terms of the agreement.
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump announced Friday the United States has issued a presidential permit for the Keystone XL Pipeline, but environmental groups and Native American tribes vowed to fight the project in the courts and on the land. "Resistance spirit camps" are expected to be erected along the Keystone XL route similar to the camps established by Dakota Access Pipeline opponents in North Dakota, said Dallas Goldtooth, an organizer with the Indigenous Environmental Network.
BELFIELD, N.D.—An oil pipeline spill that contaminated a tributary of the Little Missouri River last December is now estimated to be three times larger than originally thought, making it one of the most significant pipeline spills in North Dakota history. Belle Fourche Pipeline Co. reports about 12,615 barrels, or 529,830 gallons, of oil spilled as a result of a pipeline leak the company now believes started on Dec. 1 and was discovered by a landowner on Dec. 5, said spokeswoman Wendy Owen.
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MORTON COUNTY, N.D. – Recent “coordinated physical attacks” along the Dakota Access Pipeline route have posed threats to life, physical safety and the environment, Dakota Access LLC said in court records filed late Monday, March 20. The company filed a sealed motion late Monday to keep most its latest construction status report confidential, citing the recent attacks. The document, which is mostly redacted, did not specify where or when the attacks have occurred. “These coordinated attacks will not stop line-fill operations,” Dakota Access attorneys wrote.
MORTON COUNTY, N.D. – Dakota Access LLC expects to introduce oil into the pipeline north of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation early next week, the company said in court filings. Dakota Access, a subsidiary of Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners, said the company anticipates crews will install the pipe under Lake Oahe this week and begin final testing, according to a status update filed in federal court.