Energy

What ever happened to potash mining in ND?

Feb 28, 2017

A few years ago, potash was being touted in some circles as “the next big thing” for North Dakota.

Potash is a fertilizer. It’s big in Canada and other countries. It’s a big industry in Saskatchewan. And there is a significant deposit northwest of Minot.

However, the price dropped – and companies interested in mining North Dakota potash went to England instead.

ND Joint Information Center

State officials say the Oceti Sakowin protest camp onn the Cannonball River south of Mandan has finally been cleared.

The deadline for protesters to leave the camp was Wednesday at 2 pm – but a number of people stayed. Thursday morning, law enforcement officers told those remaining to disperse and head south to avoid arrest. Some complied – but 46 were arrested.

“We’re feel very good about the fact that now we can have full access to continue the clean-up work we’ve been initiating the last couple of weeks,”  said Gov. Doug Burgum in an interview with Prairie Public.

Oceti Sakowin protest camp clean up could take a while

Feb 23, 2017
Dave Thompson / Prairie Public

State and federal officials are now focusing on cleaning up the area where the main Dakota Access Pipeline protest camp was located.

It’s along the Cannonball River, on Army Corps of Engineers land north of the Standing Rock Reservation.

Crews have been working to clean up the debris. They’re dismantling structures, hauling out abandoned cars and filling dumpsters with garbage.

"This isn't just high school kids picking up garbage in a ditch along teh road," Gov. Doug Burgum  told reporters at a Mandan news conference.

Oceti Sakowin protest camp clean up could take a while

Feb 23, 2017
Dave Thompson / Prairie Public

State and federal officials are now focusing on cleaning up the area where the main Dakota Access Pipeline protest camp was located.

It’s along the Cannonball River, on Army Corps of Engineers land north of the Standing Rock Reservation.

Crews have been working to clean up the debris. They’re dismantling structures, hauling out abandoned cars and filling dumpsters with garbage.

"This isn't just high school kids picking up garbage in a ditch along teh road," Gov. Doug Burgum  told reporters at a Mandan news conference.

Oceti Sakowin protest camp clean up could take a while

Feb 23, 2017
Dave Thompson / Prairie Public

State and federal officials are now focusing on cleaning up the area where the main Dakota Access Pipeline protest camp was located.

It’s along the Cannonball River, on Army Corps of Engineers land north of the Standing Rock Reservation.

Crews have been working to clean up the debris. They’re dismantling structures, hauling out abandoned cars and filling dumpsters with garbage.

"This isn't just high school kids picking up garbage in a ditch along teh road," Gov. Doug Burgum  told reporters at a Mandan news conference.

Protest camp evacuations 'going rather smoothly'

Feb 23, 2017
Dave Thompson / Prairie Public

Gov. Doug Burgum saids it appears between 25 and 50 people are left at the Oceti Sakowin protest camp on the Cannonball River.

At its peak, an estimated 10,000 people were at the Dakota Access Pipeline protest camp.

Wednesday (2-22-17) was the deadline for protestors to vacate. Burgum told reporters from his perspective, that process went rather smoothly.

"I think the message got out," Burgum said. "Lots and lots of people left the camp voluntarily."

Wind farm moratorium loses in the Senate

Feb 23, 2017
Courtesy ND Legislature

The state Senate has rejected the idea of imposing a two year moratorium on wind development.

Instead, it approved a study of North Dakota’s power generation.

Deadline day for Dakota Access Pipeline protesters

Feb 22, 2017

Law enforcement will evict the remaining protesters at a North Dakota camp this afternoon. (WEDNESDAY)

thousands of protesters gathered near the Standing Rock reservation over several months hoping to stop the Dakota Access pipeline. the pipeline is soon to be completed and spring flooding threatens the camp.

Stuart Perkins is Ojibwe from Minneapolis. He's been at the camp since October and won't leave on his own.

Construction on the Dakota Access oil pipeline could wrap up in March. While the pipeline company still faces legal challenges, it’s fast-tracking the last section of pipe under the Missouri River. Inside Energy’s Amy Sisk recently visited the nearby protest camp that’s on the verge of disappearing.

Dave Thompson / Prairie Public

A pipeline company has paid a $6500 fine for not registering a salt water pipeline in Williams County as part of the state’s “Call Before You Dig” system.

The Public Service Commission says Agri-Industries was doing some digging in the area – when workers noticed the pipeline, owned by Buckhorn Energy Services. Commissioner Julie Fedorchack said the pipeline was not registered, and the excavator did not damage the line. In a consent agreement, Buckhorn agreed to pay the $6500 fine and get all its pipelines registered.          

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