Halek Sentencing Delayed Again

  If you’ve been following the saga of Jason Halek on my blog for the last four years, you know that on July 31 he was supposed to be sent off to jail for dumping 800,000 gallons of poisonous oilfield brine down an abandoned well south of Dickinson. I last wrote about him on April…
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Van Hook Oil Pad Upate

A couple of months ago I wrote about an oil well pad at the top of the Van Hook boat ramp on Lake Sakakawea. I’ve learned a few things about it since then. First, the basics. There’s a little blue-collar resort community at the top of the Van Hook Arm of Lake Sakakawea, a couple…
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The Little Missouri State Scenic River Commission Is Back In Business

When the Little Missouri Scenic River Commission meets next Wednesday in Dickinson, they could have a cake with ten candles on it to celebrate. It will have been just 20 days shy of ten years since the Commission last met—August 29, 2007. The newly-formed Commission, put together hastily this summer to comply with strict orders…
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The Newest Bridge Across The Little Missouri State Scenic River. What The . . . ?

For the last 50 years or so, there have been just five places where you can drive your car across a bridge over the Little Missouri State Scenic River: In Marmarth on U.S. Highway 12, on Pacific Avenue in the city of Medora, on I-94 just north of Medora (two bridges, one going each way),…
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Refinery Company To PSC: “Screw You”

Of all the sleazy companies to show up in North Dakota’s oil patch in the nearly ten years since the Bakken Boom began, the sleaziest of them all has to be Meridian Energy, the company proposing to build an oil refinery called the Davis Refinery just three miles from Theodore Roosevelt National Park.  Here’s why…
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