Judge allows temporary drilling at North Dakota well site

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A federal judge says drilling can temporarily resume at an oil site near a popular boat ramp at a North Dakota resort.

The Three Affiliated Tribes had asked the federal government to halt drilling near at a ramp at the Van Hook Resort in New Town.

The tribe says the site should be farther away from Lake Sakakawea under tribal policy. The drilling site is only about 800 feet (244 meters) from the lake.

The government initially agreed and ordered Slawson Exploration to halt its operations. But the company challenged the order in U.S. District Court and requested that work be allowed to continue while its appeal is considered.

The Bismarck Tribune reports a judge granted the request Tuesday. The ruling will be in effect until an Aug. 29 hearing.


Information from: Bismarck Tribune, http://www.bismarcktribune.com