Ash Creek cleanup slow

Cleanup on the Ash Creek Coulee, which feeds into the Little Missouri River north of Medora, continues to be a slow process, according to North Dakota’s spill investigation program manager, Bill Suess.

“This is going to be a long process,” Suess said. “It’s not something that’s going to be taken care of here in a week or even two. It’s going to be a while.”

The leak was discovered by a property owner about 200 to 300 feet from a building he owned in an area where heavy rains caused sloughing of the hillside.

The exact cause, at this point, is still unknown. Suess said the ground remains unstable.

The pipeline has been shut down, and the spill has been contained.

Suess said the spill traveled about 2.5 miles down the Ash Creek Coulee and may have gone further than that, but winter freeze-up was making it difficult to determine how many miles are affected.

“We do not have any evidence it got into the Little Missouri,” he said.

-- Williston Herald  

Wind farm nearly complete

The wind turbines have been delivered, and it’s just a matter of time before the Lindahl Wind Farm north of Tioga begins producing power.

That means no more trucks dragging large pieces of wind turbines up U.S. 2 and N.D. 40.

The wind farm, owned and operated by Enel Green Power Inc., is expected to be completed by the end of this month.

According to Conor Branch, senior manager of business development, the staging yard at N.D. 40 and 77th Street will be reclaimed in spring and summer and returned to farmland.

The wind farm produced about 200 construction and related services jobs, Branch said.

These were temporary jobs, but the operations and maintenance team, of 11 full-time employees, is fully staffed. 

-- Tioga Tribune

Storm clears for restaurant opening

Between the winter storms, the weather turned clear and calm for the grand opening of Taco Johns just off of North Dakota Highway 37 in Parshall.

There was already a long line waiting for Northeast Segment Representative Mervin Packineau to cut the grand opening ribbon so they could order tacos, burritos and Potato Oles. He was joined by Three Affiliated Tribal Chairman Mark Fox and members of the Northeast Segment Community Board for the ceremony.

After the ribbon cutting, Sheridyn Packineau and Lexie Tveter were the first customers of the new business, ordering Potato Oles.

Jessica Beheler, general manager of the restaurant, said it was a lot of work getting the operation up and running. A three-day snowstorm at the end of November that dropped more than a foot of snow didn’t help the preparation process.

-- Mountrail County Record, Parshall

Williston bypass contentious

Williams County will agree to preserve whatever route is chosen for the next phase of Williston’s truck bypass for 10 years, but the exact route could become a bone of contention.

Both of the proposed routes were selected from 10 to 12 options, but have so far been drawing opposition from commissioners and landowners.

The state has spent about $3.5 million on studies related to the route, including cultural resource, environmental and other required studies. It will cost $1.5 million to go through the National Environmental Policy Act processes to finish the planning phase, which will include opportunities for county commissioners and landowners to discuss their preferences before the final route is selected.

-- Williston Herald