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KHRT ND NEWS - TUESDAY - 08/07/18 - MORNING EDITION

The developer of the Dakota Access oil pipeline has amended a $1 billion racketeering lawsuit it filed against three environmental entities....

     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The developer of the Dakota Access oil pipeline has amended a $1 billion racketeering lawsuit it filed against three environmental entities. The move by Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners came after a federal judge in recent weeks criticized the original filing last August as vague and threatened to dismiss it.
 
     ETP sued Greenpeace, Earth First and BankTrack, alleging they worked to undermine the $3.8 billion pipeline. Judge Billy Roy Wilson last month dismissed BankTrack as a defendant. On Friday, he ruled ETP hasn't proven its case against Earth First but that it can sue individual members if it has enough evidence.
 
     ETP has now added five individual defendants. The company also is limiting defamation and business interference claims to Greenpeace and adding a criminal trespass count against all defendants.

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     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - More than 300 Basin Electric Power Cooperative employees are taking buyouts as the North Dakota-based utility tries to cut costs amid a plummeting financial outlook.

    Spokesman Curt Pearson tells The Bismarck Tribune that Basin's latest financial forecast predicts a decade of losses at subsidiary Dakota Gasification Co., which operates the Great Plains Synfuels Plant near Beulah.

    Dakota Gasification has endured several years of losses as it struggles to compete with cheap natural gas made available by hydraulic fracturing in the Bakken oil field.

    Utility rate increases have helped keep the co-op financially afloat, but Pearson says that isn't expected to last.

    The majority of co-op employees taking buyouts are from North Dakota. Some are from South Dakota and Wyoming.

    Basin Electric employs about 2,000 people and serves rural electric systems in nine states.

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     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Produced water has spilled from a pipeline leak and impacted farmland in western North Dakota. The North Dakota Department of Health says the spill happened about 2 miles northwest of Dickinson in Stark County.
 
     The pipeline is owned by Scout Energy Management LLC and is part of an enhanced oil recovery system which pumps produced water into the oil-bearing formation to increase oil flow. Produced water is a by-product of oil and gas development.
 
     The spill happened Friday and was reported the next day. Initial estimates indicate about 500 barrels of produced water were released and impacted agricultural land. The Health Department has inspected the site and will continue to monitor the investigation and cleanup.

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     DEVILS LAKE, N.D. (AP) - People in the Devils Lake School District will vote Oct. 2 on a scaled-back high school expansion project. Voters in March 2017 rejected a proposal to build a $9 million fine arts center on the high school campus. Fifty-three percent of voters favored issuing bonds for the project, but 60 percent was needed for passage. The Devils Lake Journal reports the project cost has been reduced to $6 million. Superintendent Scott Privratsky says officials "listened to what the voters were telling us."

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     HARVEY, N.D. (AP) - The community of Harvey now has an outpatient clinic.  The Minot Daily News reports that a grand opening was held Aug. 1 for the St. Aloisius Medical Center's clinic. The facility will enhance medical services and also mean that military veterans won't need to travel to another city to see a Veterans Affairs provider. The hospital has been serving the community for 80 years.

 

 

   (Copyright 2018 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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