TIOGA, N.D. -- A broken pipe connection caused a brine spill on Saturday, Sept. 15, that contaminated farmland in Mountrail County, according to information released by the North Dakota Department of Health on Tuesday. Basic Energy Services estimates that 500 barrels, or 21,000 gallons, of produced water spilled at a saltwater disposal well owned by Basic Energy Services about 7 miles southeast of Tioga, which is just across the border in Williams County.
Individuals possibly impersonating state employees in order to take photos and samples of grain have been reported.
BISMARCK -- A popular insecticide could be banned for agricultural use. Last week, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to revoke all food tolerances and cancel all registrations for chlorpyrifos within 60 days.
BISMARCK—Efforts to maintain safe transport of livestock has resulted in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration issuing final regulatory guidance regarding the agriculture commodity exemption, including less strict rules when drivers are within 150 air miles of their destination.
BISMARCK -- Another horse was euthanized last week after contracting a rare neurologic disease caused by equine herpes. A Stutsman County horse in south-central North Dakota became noticeably ill on Friday and was euthanized the following day, according to the North Dakota Department of Agriculture. Lab results confirming equine herpesvirus myeloencephalopathy, or EHM, came back Tuesday, May 15.
TIOGA, N.D. -- All but 55 customers of Montana-Dakota Utilities customers in Tioga had their natural gas service restored by 3 p.m. Wednesday after a citywide outage the day before. Tioga is a city of about 1,600 residents in northwestern North Dakota, about 40 miles east of Williston.
BISMARCK -- The severity of the drought lessened considerably during the past week as rain helped to mitigate dry conditions throughout North Dakota, according to data released Thursday by the U.S. Drought Monitor. However, nearly the entire state remains abnormally dry, and the severest category, exceptional drought, increased slightly from .39 percent to .41 percent in the northwest corner of the state as compared to last week.
MEDORA, N.D. -- Two fires in Theodore Roosevelt National Park’s South Unit are 90 percent contained, and all trails have reopened. A crew of three continues to monitor the burned areas, but all other firefighting resources have been released, said Eileen Andes, chief of interpretation and public affairs. “We’re just keeping an eye on things to make sure they're really out,” Andes said.
BISMARCK -- Areas of severe and extreme drought expanded this past week as excessive heat depleted soil moisture and further stressed rain-fed crops, pastures and rangelands, according to the United States Drought Monitor. In North Dakota, extreme drought conditions increased from 30 percent to nearly 36 percent of the state during the past week. More than half of North Dakota now lies within an area of severe drought.
BISMARCK -- A lively discussion is expected Thursday morning when a Devils Lake senator’s plan that would make North Dakota like Arizona and decline to move the clock when time shifts to daylight saving time will be heard in a committee.. Republican Sen. Dave Oehlke has introduced a bill that would not only decline the one-hour time shift forward in spring and back in fall, it also would put the entire state on Central time and do away with Mountain time altogether in those southwestern counties where it still remains.