Contractor begins cleanup of ND oil field waste
NOONAN, N.D. (AP) - A company hired by the state says it has removed the illegally dumped radioactive oil field waste from an abandoned building in Noonan.
Secure Energy Services manager Robert Krumberger told The Associated Press that all of the waste from was removed from the site Wednesday.
Officials reported the illegal dumping of hundreds of radioactive oil filter socks in late February. They said it's the state's biggest incident to date of illegal dumping of the tubular nets that strain liquids during the oil production process.
Krumberger says the building contained about 45 cubic yards of filter socks, or more than double that of original estimates.
Authorities don't know who's to blame, and the whereabouts of the building's owner aren't known.
The state is paying for the cleanup with oil company fees.
DOT head to discuss efforts to improve rail safety
CASSELTON, N.D. (AP) - The head of the U.S. Department of Transportation is planning to meet with community leaders in Casselton to discuss efforts to improve rail safety since a fiery oil train derailment outside the eastern North Dakota town in December.
DOT Secretary Anthony Foxx is scheduled to speak at a round table event Thursday afternoon at the Casselton fire department. The state's congressional delegation asked Foxx to come to North Dakota.
The accident happened on Dec. 30 when a train carrying soybeans derailed in front of a BNSF oil train, causing that train to also derail and set off a fire. There were no injuries, but residents were urged to evacuate.
The crash spilled about 400,000 gallons of crude that was being shipped from the oil patch in western North Dakota.
OIL WASTE DUMPING
More radioactive oil waste illegally dumped in ND
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A state health official says another pile of illegally dumped oil field waste has been found near Crosby, in northwestern North Dakota.
Environmental Health Chief Dave Glatt (glaht) says the radioactive waste was found last week in a field by the local emergency manager.
Oil filter socks are tubular nets that strain liquids during the oil production process.
Glatt says he's unsure of when the filter socks were dumped or how much is at the site. He says the former landowner is in jail on an unrelated charge but the new owner is cooperating with officials.
State regulators say new rules are being written to track oil field waste, in response to the growing number of illegally tossed filter socks.
ND man in 'serious condition' at Minn. burn center
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Authorities say a man who set himself on fire in Dickinson is in serious condition at a Minnesota hospital.
Dickinson police tell the Bismarck Tribune that the 33-year-old Mandan man doused himself in gasoline on Monday, after thinking he had been sprayed with chemicals. He set himself on fire when he lit a cigarette.
He was taken to the Regions Burn Center in St. Paul, Minn.
Police say the man faces several charges including ingestion of a controlled substance, theft of property, criminal trespass and reckless driving.
Wanner named North Dakota aeronautics director
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The North Dakota Aeronautics Commission has named Kyle Wanner as the new state aeronautics director.
The commission voted unanimously to hire Wanner on Wednesday.
The Mandan native had been interim director of the agency after Larry Taborsky left the position in January. Taborsky had served as director since 2009.
Wanner is a pilot and has worked for the Aeronautics Commission for three years, doing airport inspections and working on aviation issues.
The Legislature established the Aeronautics Commission in 1947. The agency administers grants to state airports, compiles reports and statistics and works on behalf of rural air service and facilities. North Dakota has about 90 publicly owned airports.
FARGO RECYCLING EVENT
Fargo to host electronic recycling event May 3
FARGO, N.D. (AP) - Fargo-area residents will be able to recycle their unwanted electronics next weekend.
The city is hosting its annual Electronics Recycling Event Saturday, May 3 at the Solid Waste Facility.
Residents from Fargo, West Fargo and rural Cass County will be allowed to recycle televisions, computers and other electronics. Residents are limited to recycling two of each kind of item. Proof of residence is required.
ND school accused of ripping off coyote logo
WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) - Williston High School's new coyote-head logo is causing an uproar
The Williston Herald reports that the logo of the growling coyote already is in use at a community college in Ridgecrest, Calif.
Cerro Coso Community College spokeswoman Natalie Dorrell says her school was never contacted for permission to use the coyote-head logo, which is their school's mascot. She says it's unlikely the California school would have given permission anyway.
Dorrell says the school's lawyers are reviewing the issue.
Williston Superintendent Viola LaFontaine says the district received permission to use the logo from Cerro Coso's athletic director.
LaFontaine says the logos are different colors and the shape of the angry-looking animal's teeth and eyes are not the same.
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