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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Two companies are proposing a $1.6 billion pipeline to move North Dakota crude oil, though the route has not been disclosed.

The proposed pipeline would be the biggest such project in the state since the Dakota Access pipeline that sparked violent clashes between protesters and law enforcement in 2016 and 2017.

Houston-based Phillips 66 and Casper, Wyoming-based Bridger Pipeline announced the joint venture called Liberty Pipeline on Monday. It's designed to move 350,000 barrels of oil daily from western North Dakota's oil patch to Cushing, Oklahoma.

The route of the pipeline has not been disclosed publicly or to North Dakota regulators. The companies say in a statement the project "will utilize existing pipeline and utility corridors and advanced construction techniques to limit environmental and community impact."


HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The company that operates a coal-fired power plant in eastern Montana says it will close two of the four units this year.

Talen Montana said in a statement Tuesday the older units of the Colstrip Steam Electric Station, with a combined 614-megawatt capacity, will be permanently retired on Dec. 31.

The newer Colstrip units 3 and 4 will continue operating.

The two older units had been slated for closure by mid-2022 as part of a settlement in an environmental lawsuit.

Talen Montana President Dale Lebsack says the decision to retire the units early came after an extensive review and exhaustive efforts to make the units economically viable.

Lebsack says the owner of the Rosebud Mine that provides Colstrip with its coal would not lower its prices.


CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Rivers in southern Wyoming are rising from mountain snowmelt runoff, and expected rain later this week is likely to send some above flood stage.

The National Weather Service has posted a flood warning for the North Platte River at Saratoga in Carbon County.

The river is expected to exceed flood stage about noon Friday from Saratoga to Sinclair.

The Medicine Bow and Laramie rivers also are expected to rise to flood flows by the weekend into early next week.

Numerous afternoon mountain rain showers are forecasted Thursday through Saturday over the Laramie and Upper North Platte watersheds.

The rivers are expected to remain at moderate to high levels through the end of next week.

Elsewhere in Wyoming, rivers and streams that ran high over the weekend are falling.


CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Gov. Mark Gordon has appointed eight members of a new advisory group that will develop recommendations to improve state policies related to big game migration on lands that are also suitable for mineral development in Wyoming.

The Migration Corridor Advisory Group includes representatives from the oil and gas, mining and agriculture sectors, as well as conservation, recreation and sportsmen groups and a county commissioner. The goal is for the group members to collaboratively develop recommendations in the next three months.

Its first meeting is later this month in Rock Springs.

Wyoming's major migration corridors are among the longest in North America and are essential to the health of mule deer. The routes also overlap public lands with oil, gas and other mineral resources, as well as agricultural operations.


CODY, Wyo. (AP) — The Wyoming Highway Patrol says a trooper and plow operator rescued a motorist stranded on a snow covered mountain pass near the Montana state line last weekend.

The rescue occurred early Sunday morning after heavy snowfall clogged the Beartooth Pass on U.S. 212 with drifts up to 4 feet (1.2 meters) deep.

The patrol was notified of the stranded motorist at about 12:30 p.m. Saturday. Initial attempts to reach the motorist failed because of the deep snow.

A National Park Service plow and a state trooper finally reached the stranded driver around 5:14 a.m. Sunday. They were able to dig the stranded vehicle out of a drift and escort the motorist off the pass.


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