Amy Dalrymple / Bismarck Tribune
MARMARTH, N.D. — A pipeline spill from an enhanced oil recovery system in Bowman County has contaminated Kid Creek, a North Dakota Department of Health official said Thursday, Feb. 14. Denbury Onshore reported about 75 barrels, or 3,150 gallons, of source water spilled on Feb. 7 about 10 miles south of Marmarth in the far southwest corner of the state. Source water is groundwater used for enhanced oil recovery that contains a higher level of dissolved solids and minerals than fresh water, but is lower in chlorides than produced water, the health department said.
BISMARCK - The Drug Enforcement Administration saw a huge jump in methamphetamine seizures in North Dakota in 2018 as the drug becomes more accessible in the region. For fiscal year 2018, which ended on Sept. 30, the DEA seized 61.82 pounds of meth in North Dakota, up from 3.08 pounds that were seized in the state the year before. “Local and state law enforcement have probably seized an equal amount if not more,” said Ken Solek, assistant special agent in charge for the Minneapolis DEA Office.
BISMARCK - A federal judge denied a motion on Thursday, Nov. 1, seeking relief from North Dakota’s voter identification law for Native American voters, but said the allegations in a lawsuit from the Spirit Lake Tribe give him “great cause for concern.” U.S. District Court Judge Daniel Hovland ruled that he was denying an emergency motion seeking relief from North Dakota’s law because it would cause more confusion and chaos less than a week before the election.
BISMARCK—Energy Transfer Partners filed an amended complaint Monday, Aug. 6, in its lawsuit seeking as much as $1 billion in damages from Greenpeace and other organizations that opposed the Dakota Access Pipeline. The pipeline developer alleges Greenpeace and others led a misinformation campaign intended to incite violence, property destruction and criminal sabotage designed to stop the construction of Dakota Access.
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, 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.