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Tribal and company officials say about 24,000 barrels of saltwater has leaked from a pipeline on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation....

     MANDAREE, N.D. (AP) - Tribal and company officials say about 24,000 barrels of saltwater has leaked from a pipeline on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation.  An unknown amount has entered a bay leading to Lake Sakakawea, which provides water to communities on the reservation.
     Tribal and company officials say the leak near Mandaree has been isolated and drinking water is unaffected.  Yesterday officials with the reservation closed the water intake to Mandaree as a precaution.
     The underground pipeline is owned by Aero Pipeline LCC. The company says the leak started over the weekend and was discovered Tuesday.  Aero Pipeline is a subsidiary of Houston-based Crestwood Midstream Partners.

     Saltwater is a byproduct of oil production that's 10 to 30 times saltier than seawater.  Kris Roberts, an environmental geologist with the state health department, says there are dead trees, grasses and bushes near the leak area.


     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A jury has found a Bismarck man guilty on murder conspiracy charges for the death of an 18-year-old South Dakota man. Jurors found 20-year-old Joshua Clark guilty of conspiracy to commit murder. Authorities allege Clark and another man conspired to kill John Swain, who had recently moved to Bismarck from Sioux Falls when he was killed and dismembered last year.


     FARGO, N.D. (AP) - The White House has singled out the oil patch of northwestern North Dakota and northeaster Montana as part of its 2014 national drug control strategy. The report released yesterday says dramatic increases in crime in the Bakken oil-producing region has overwhelmed state, local and tribal agencies working with limited resources. North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem says he's preparing a budget for the next Legislature that includes a "robust oil patch crime initiative."


     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Job Service North Dakota data show counties that produced that produced oil last year held nine of the top 10 spots in average annual wages. Research analyst Michael Ziesch says North Dakota's average annual wage increased about 4 percent last year to nearly $48,000. Figures show oil-rich Williams County ranked first last year with an average annual salary of $78,390.


     GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) - The president of the University of North Dakota is taking a month off. Robert Kelley says he will be studying faculty tenure issues. State policy allows a college president who's been on the job for at least five years to take a leave of absence for professional development.

     FARGO, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota gardeners are being urged to donate fruits and vegetables to a program that helps feed hungry people around the state. The Hunger Free ND Garden Project is in its fifth year. In the first four years, it generated nearly 500 tons of produce for food pantries, soup kitchens and homeless shelters.

   (Copyright 2014 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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