Amy R. Sisk / Bismarck Tribune
BISMARCK — With construction on the first large-scale solar farm in North Dakota slated to begin next year, state regulators are creating a rule that spells out steps for one day dismantling such facilities. The rule proposed by the Public Service Commission would require companies that operate solar farms to submit decommissioning plans.
RENVILLE, N.D. — Wheat, corn and bright yellow canola sprawl out across the flat prairie this time of year in Bottineau County, broken up every so often by a patch of barren land. Wildcatters first hit oil here in the 1950s, bringing jobs to the region but also scarring the farmland by dumping brine into evaporation pits dug into fields. Oil drilling still occurs today, and although the state has since outlawed the pits, pipelines leak saltwater on occasion.
BISMARCK — This year’s Bakken Conference and Expo showcases some high-tech solutions for solving pressing issues in North Dakota's oil patch, with speakers touting drones and a new use for excess natural gas that would otherwise be flared off at well sites. The head of a drone company headquartered in Grand Forks told an audience gathered in the Bismarck Event Center on Tuesday, July 16, that unmanned aircraft systems are becoming increasingly popular for use within the oil and gas industry.
WILLISTON, N.D. — A pipeline leak in Williams County spilled saltwater into a tributary of the Missouri River, the North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality reported Monday, July 15. The pipeline’s leak detection system notified the company about the spill, which happened on Sunday about 20 miles east of Williston, said Bill Suess, the state's spill investigation program manager.