BISMARCK — Whiting Petroleum Corp. , an oil producer with wells in North Dakota, announced Tuesday, July 30, that it had cut 254 jobs, the Bismarck Tribune reported. It’s unclear how many of those positions are in North Dakota, and a company spokeswoman declined to offer further comment beyond a statement.
BISMARCK — State officials and oil industry leaders want to commission a study of lightning strikes at saltwater disposal sites, the Bismarck Tribune reported . Lightning has hit saltwater facilities in western North Dakota at least four times since June. The strikes have caused fires, as well as spills of oil and brine.
DICKINSON, N.D. — A pipeline leak in Stark County spilled about 8,400 gallons of produced water. Produced water is a mixture of saltwater and oil that can contain drilling chemicals. It's a byproduct of oil and gas development. North Dakota's Department of Environmental Quality says pipeline operator Scout Energy Management LLC reported the spill on Monday, June 17, the day it occurred west of Dickinson near the Interstate 94 on-ramp at mile marker 57.
BISMARCK — The North Dakota Department of Transportation has announced that state fleet vehicle auctions will now have an online bidding opportunity for those unable to attend. Starting on June 5 with the auction in Bismarck, events will be broadcast to allow customers to bid on a computer, smartphone or tablet. Prior to the auction, customers must register if they are planning on bidding. For more details visit the NDDOT’s website at dot.nd.gov .
BISMARCK — Veteran journalist Amy Dalrymple will replace Steve Wallick as editor of the Bismarck Tribune. Wallick is retiring May 31 after 45 years at the paper, serving for nearly five years as editor, the Bismarck Tribune reported. Dalrymple joined the Tribune in June 2017. She previously worked for Forum Communications' Forum News Service as a correspondent covering the Bakken and oil industry from Williston, and as a reporter covering higher education and other topics for The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead.
BISMARCK — By a slight margin, the North Dakota House voted down a so-called "stand your ground" bill that supporters said would "empower potential victims." House Bill 1497 failed by a vote of 49-41 on Wednesday, Feb. 20. Rep. Jeff Magrum, R-Hazelton, introduced the bill to the House Judiciary Committee in January, which gave an 8-6 "do-pass" recommendation to the bill after amendments in committee work. Similar legislation failed in 2017.
BISMARCK — A bill that sets the groundwork for a new oil tax agreement with the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation cleared a hurdle on Wednesday, Feb. 20, as the Senate approved a compromise. The proposal, Senate Bill 2312, is projected to send an additional $33 million in oil tax revenue to the tribe for the 2019-21 budget cycle by changing how tax revenue from the reservation is split.
BISMARCK — A bill to create an income tax reduction for veterans in North Dakota passed the state House on Monday, Feb. 18, despite a “do not pass” recommendation from the House Appropriations Committee. House Bill 1053, from primary sponsor Steve Vetter, R-Grand Forks, passed 50-42 and will now move on to the Senate.
BISMARCK — Unanimously, the North Dakota House approved a bill Monday, Feb. 18, that expands beyond its original intent to include information gathering on all missing persons. Rep. Ruth Buffalo, D-Fargo, introduced House Bill 1313 to the House Judiciary Committee, which gave a unanimous "do-pass" recommendation. Her original bill would have required the criminal justice data information sharing system to include data on missing and murdered indigenous persons.
BISMARCK — The North Dakota House took a step toward making the state Capitol more accessible Friday, Feb. 1, approving a study of handicapped-accessible parking and other issues. Members voted 89-2 in favor of House Bill 1298, which began as a proposal to move accessible parking closer to the public entrance of the Capitol. Rep. Pamela Anderson, D-Fargo, said members of the Government and Veterans Affairs Committee amended the bill to make it more broad and consider steps the state can take to improve accessibility.