KHRT ND News – 09/10/21

KHRT NEWS – FRIDAY – 091021 – 0700
 
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Federal and state lawyers will meet next week to negotiate a settlement for money that North Dakota claims it spent policing protests against the Dakota Access oil pipeline. North Dakota filed a lawsuit two years ago seeking to recover more than $38 million in damages from the months long pipeline protests almost five years ago. The state argues the Corps of Engineers allowed and sometimes encouraged protesters to illegally camp without a federal permit. The Corps has said protesters weren’t evicted due to free speech reasons. The Corps has argued it has “limited authority” to enforce rules on land it manages.
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FARGO, N.D. (AP) – Amazon officials say the first day of operations at the company’s new warehouse in Fargo will be on Sept. 19. The 1.3 million square-foot Fargo Fulfillment Center had been under construction for nearly a year.The building, which is located on 110 acres of land, √°is believed to be the largest in North Dakota. KVRR-TV reports that construction costs have been estimated at $100 million to $120 million. Amazon wants to hire about 1,000 fulltime, hourly workers in Fargo with a starting wage of $15.00 per hour. The company plans to open a “Last Mile Delivery Station” in West Fargo, which is expected to create about 100 jobs. The closest Amazon warehouse from Fargo is located in the Twin Cities.
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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Regulators told a Minnesota-based utility that they need more information before signing off on a permit transfer necessary for the sale of a financially troubled coal-fired power plant in North Dakota. Minnesota’s Public Utilities Commission voted 4-1 on Thursday to defer a decision on a permit for a power line that would be part of the planned sale of the Coal Creek Station. John Tuma, the commissioner who asked for the delay, said he expects the approval process could be held up a couple more months. Environmental groups that would rather see the plant shut down argued against the permit transfer, which was sought by Maple Grove, Minnesota-based Great River Energy. North Dakota officials have hailed the sale as a savior for hundreds of jobs in the state.
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KEENE, N.D. (AP) – North Dakota regulators are investigating a spill that released nearly 1,142 barrels of produced water and more than 24 barrels of oil. The state Oil and Gas Division said the incident happened Wednesday at a Slawson Exploration well about 14 miles northwest of Keene. The spill was due an equipment failure or malfunction. Authorities said Thursday that the water and oil was contained to the site and was recovered and hauled away. Produced water is a byproduct of oil extraction and is typically taken from the well to a disposal site.A state inspector has been to the location and will monitor any additional cleanup that’s required.
 
 
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