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

A judge will not reopen a lawsuit filed against a private security firm hired by the Dakota Access oil pipeline developer during protests over the $3.8 billion project...

     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A judge will not reopen a lawsuit filed against a private security firm hired by the Dakota Access oil pipeline developer during protests over the $3.8 billion project. North Dakota's Private Investigative and Security Board says North Carolina-based TigerSwan needed a license to operate in the state. TigerSwan says the services it provided to Energy Transfer Partners, of Texas, didn't require a license.

    The board wanted Judge John Grinsteiner to ban TigerSwan from operating in North Dakota and levy fines. He refused, and on Monday rejected the board's request to reconsider. The board says it will appeal to the state Supreme Court and if necessary pursue fines through an administrative process. TigerSwan's attorney says an appeal would be "a waste of time and money."

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     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - An advisory group that includes landowners along the Little Missouri River has endorsed a state policy that allows water to be drawn from the river for use in oilfields. The Bismarck Tribune reports the Little Missouri Scenic River Commission voted Monday to recommend that the State Water Commission continue its current policy related to temporary industrial water permits, while also encouraging the agency to increase monitoring of river levels.
 
     The State Water Commission, led by Gov. Doug Burgum, adopted an interim policy last year that allows temporary water permits to be granted for oilfield use with a set of conditions. At the time, Burgum said he wanted input from the commission.
 
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     KILLDEER, N.D. (AP) - The Bureau of Land Management is seeking public input on what action to take after a North Dakota rancher built a bridge across the Little Missouri River that the agency says trespasses on public land. The Bismarck Tribune reports that one end of the bridge northwest of Killdeer is on land owned by rancher Wylie Bice. The bureau's North Dakota Field Office says the other end sits on land the agency manages.
 
     Bice says he believed he owned the property and that he obtained a permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The bridge was constructed in 2013. The bureau didn't learn about the bridge until July 2017. The bureau is assessing how to resolve the issue. Options include removing the bridge, selling the agency's land or authorizing the bridge.

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     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota state employees who use government vehicles are no longer allowed to use cellphones while driving. The state Transportation Department says it implemented the policy for state fleet vehicles at the beginning of July. Department Director Tom Sorel says the policy is part of the state's "Vision Zero" effort, which aims to reduce highway crashes.
 
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     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota's Oil and Gas Division is monitoring cleanup of a spill at a saltwater disposal well in Williams County. The agency says Crescent Point Energy U.S. Corp. reported Monday that about 500 barrels of brine spilled due to a valve failure at the well 6 miles southwest of Alamo. All of it was contained on site, and a state inspector visited the scene.
 
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     KENMARE, N.D. (AP) - The state Health Department is monitoring cleanup of a produced water spill in Burke County. Produced water is a byproduct of oil production. Officials say Lime Rock Resources III-A notified the department of a spill last Thursday due to a pipeline leak about 13 miles west of Kenmare. The pipeline is part of a gathering system leading to a saltwater disposal facility. It was struck during installation of another pipeline.
 
     An estimated 380 barrels spilled, with all but about 24 barrels recovered. The rest impacted agricultural land but was confined to the pipeline trench. State inspectors visited the site.

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     RIVERDALE, N.D. (AP) - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has opened the spillway gates on Garrison Dam for only the second time in more than six decades. Opening the gates had been reserved for emergencies, when the Lake Sakakawea reservoir on the Missouri River could hold no more water. They were opened for the first time during the high water year of 2011.
 
     The Corps opened them again Monday, to test their ability to help with incremental lake level adjustments. Officials also tested repairs made after the flooding seven years ago.
 

 


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