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​Whistle-Blower Reveals​ ‘Startling’ Construction Problems at North Dakota Gas Plants Where Massive Spill Was Downplayed

​Whistle-Blower Reveals​ ‘Startling’ Construction Problems at North Dakota Gas Plants Where Massive Spill Was Downplayed

By Justin Nobel Two North Dakota gas processing plants in the heart of the Bakken oil fields have shown signs of an eroded safety culture and startling construction problems, according to Paul Lehto, a 54-year-old former gas plant operator who has come out as a whistle-blower. He described worrisome conditions at the Lonesome Creek plant, […]

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    Standing Rock: One Year Later

    Standing Rock: One Year Later

    By Liz Blood A little over a year ago, Morgun Frejo, a member of the Pawnee, Otoe-Missouria, Navajo nations, began camping at Oceti Sakowin at Standing Rock. The Missouri River is sacred to both his Pawnee and Otoe-Missouria tribes and Frejo recalls elders in both tribes telling him stories of its importance as a child. […]

    Pipeline Developer Distances Itself From Private Security Firm That Operated During the NoDAPL Protests

    Pipeline Developer Distances Itself From Private Security Firm That Operated During the NoDAPL Protests

    Dakota Access Pipeline developer Energy Transfer Partners is no longer using private security firm TigerSwan to monitor security in North Dakota, a company spokesperson confirmed to the AP. Last week, a governor-appointed security board revealed TigerSwan had been operating in North Dakota during the NoDAPL protests after being denied a license, and sued to block […]

    North Dakota Plagued by Oil Spills: 745 in One Year

    North Dakota Plagued by Oil Spills: 745 in One Year

    Energy companies say that pipelines are the safest way to transport oil, but a number of recent spills plague the now-completed Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), which could start service as soon as May 14. KCET environment editor Chris Clarke calculated that in the year ending on May 1, 2017, North Dakota’s oil and gas industry […]

    Oil Pipeline Spills 1,050 Gallons Into North Dakota Tributary

    Oil Pipeline Spills 1,050 Gallons Into North Dakota Tributary

    A pipeline in western North Dakota spilled an estimated 756 gallons of oil and 294 gallons of saltwater, a drilling byproduct, into a tributary of the Little Missouri River, the Associated Press reports. The spill was discovered April 22, approximately 5 miles southwest of the city of Marmarth and was reported that same day, the […]

    North Dakota Oil Spill Vastly Underestimated as Trump Approves KXL

    North Dakota Oil Spill Vastly Underestimated as Trump Approves KXL

    The amount of crude oil that spewed near Belfield, North Dakota from the ruptured Belle Fourche pipeline in December was vastly underestimated. The original estimate was around 176,000 gallons of oil. After further review, pipeline operator True Companies now reports about 12,615 barrels (529,830 gallons) of oil spilled, spokeswoman Wendy Owen told Inforum. The cause […]

    Fracking Caused 6,648 Spills in Four States Alone, Duke Study Finds

    Fracking Caused 6,648 Spills in Four States Alone, Duke Study Finds

    Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has long been tied to environmental risks such as spills. The frequency of spills, however, has long been murky since states do not release standardized data. Estimates from the U.S. Environment Protection Agency (EPA) vary wildly. “The number of spills nationally could range from approximately 100 to 3,700 spills annually, assuming […]

    North Dakota Bill Would Protect Motorists Who ‘Unintentionally Cause Injury or Death’ to Protesters

    North Dakota Bill Would Protect Motorists Who ‘Unintentionally Cause Injury or Death’ to Protesters

    By Kali Holloway As Donald Trump takes office, pushing a wave of explicitly authoritarian federal policies and practices, Republican leaders at every level are following suit. The latest example is North Dakota lawmaker Keith Kempenich, who has introduced a bill that says a driver “who unintentionally causes injury or death to an individual obstructing vehicular […]

    Massive North Dakota Oil Spill Still Not Cleaned Up 3 Years Later

    Massive North Dakota Oil Spill Still Not Cleaned Up 3 Years Later

    In September 2013, a Tesoro Corp. pipeline ruptured in a wheat field near Tioga, North Dakota, spewing 840,000 gallons of fracked oil from the Bakken Shale, causing one of the biggest onshore oil spills in recent U.S. history. More than three years later, only a third of the spill has been recovered. To make matters […]