Summer thunderstorms bring an impressive light show as they roll across the prairie, but they also can wreak havoc over the western North Dakota oil patch when they hit saltwater disposal sites. At least four of those facilities have gone up in flames in McKenzie County since the beginning of June. The county’s emergency manager, Karolin Jappe, is all too familiar with such incidents. “In my five years, I have seen more saltwater wells go 'boom' than I can shake a stick at,” she said.
BISMARCK — The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and several pipeline opponents plan to request a hearing on the proposed expansion of the Dakota Access Pipeline, following the North Dakota Public Service Commission’s unanimous decision Wednesday, July 10, to open the matter up for public input. “The tribe wants the pipeline shut down; however, there is a proposal on the table,” said Jan Hasselman, an attorney with Earthjustice who represents the tribe. “Someone needs to be accountable to make sure that’s safe and legal.”