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Landowners wary of huge pipeline project

Landowners wary of huge pipeline project

WILLISTON, N.D. – The company that proposes a major crude oil pipeline for the Bakken says it will minimize impacts to agriculture and use state-of-the-art safety features, but nearly half of the landowners along the North Dakota route have yet to sign on to the project.

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Marshals Service arrests man wanted in Texas sex case in Oil Patch

SIDNEY, Mont. -- The U.S. Marshals Service arrested a man wanted on Texas sex charges on Wednesday at a Sidney trailer park.

Ducks in the Bakken: DU research project aims to shed light on impact of oil and gas development on duck production and density

Ducks in the Bakken: DU research project aims to shed light on impact of oil and gas development on duck production and density

GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- A study underway in the Oil Patch of northwest North Dakota and northeast Montana aims to gauge the impact of energy development on waterfowl productivity in the part of the Prairie Pothole Region that falls within the Bakken Formation.

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Heitkamp co-sponsors bill to lift ban on U.S. crude oil exports

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sens. Heidi Heitkamp, D.-N.D., and Republican Lisa Murkowski of Alaska plan to introduce a bipartisan bill Wednesday to lift the ban on American crude oil exports.

ND oil production up 1 percent in March

WILLISTON, N.D. – Fracking crews were busy in North Dakota in March, bringing the month’s oil production up 1 percent to just under 1.2 million barrels per day and surprising state regulators.

Massive oil tax cut unlikely with prices rebounding, N.D. tax commissioner says

BISMARCK – Barring a substantial drop in crude prices before the end of May, North Dakota’s oil industry probably won’t see a tax cut potentially worth almost half a billion dollars over the next six months, the state’s tax commissioner said Tuesday. The so-called “large trigger” exemption will take effect June 1 if the price of West Texas Intermediate crude oil at Cushing, Okla., averages below $55.09 a barrel for a fifth consecutive month in May.

Texas couple finds new opportunities in Oil Patch after slowdown

Texas couple finds new opportunities in Oil Patch after slowdown

CROSBY, N.D. – Low oil prices forced Daisy Delaney to park her truck in January after she had been hauling water in the Bakken oilfields for about a year.

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Company says oil on derailed train met new state rules

TIOGA, N.D. -- The oil on the train that derailed near Heimdal on Wednesday had a vapor pressure substantially lower than the standards in North Dakota’s new oil conditioning order, a Hess Corp. spokesman said Thursday.

Drill tests pipeline company spill skills

Drill tests pipeline company spill skills

TOWNER, N.D. – Enbridge employees simulated a worst-case scenario Wednesday to practice how they would respond to an oil spill in the Souris River.

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Company says oil on derailed train met new state rules

TIOGA, N.D. -- Hess Corp., the company that owns the railcars that caught fire in Wednesday’s derailment near Heimdal, said the oil on the train met North Dakota’s new oil conditioning rules. The railcars were loaded at the company’s Tioga Rail Terminal, said Alison Ritter, spokeswoman for the Department of Mineral Resources.

UPDATED: Oil train cars on fire, city evacuated after North Dakota train derailment

UPDATED: Oil train cars on fire, city evacuated after North Dakota train derailment

HEIMDAL, N.D. -- The small North Dakota community of Heimdal and surrounding farmsteads have been evacuated after an oil tanker train derailed this morning.

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Watford City aims to transition from boom town to hometown

Watford City aims to transition from boom town to hometown

WATFORD CITY, N.D. — Watford City’s oil-invested construction boom is going gangbusters this spring, with no obvious sign that drilling has slowed by half in the oil patch.

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Company touts new way to eliminate deadly gas from crude oil: SD duo creates wellsite unit that also doesn’t use chemicals

Company touts new way to eliminate deadly gas from crude oil: SD duo creates wellsite unit that also doesn’t use chemicals

DICKINSON, N.D.. -- An oilfield veteran and a retired schoolteacher believe they have found a method of removing deadly hydrogen sulfide gas from crude oil at well sites without using chemicals in the process.

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Hotel occupancy down in Dickinson

Dickinson hotels, which had occupancy rates around 90 percent at the onset of the oil boom, are at 49.5 percent for the first quarter of 2015.

Dickinson businesses begin feeling slowdown's effect :Drop in oil prices has led to fewer customers, better employees

Dickinson businesses begin feeling slowdown's effect :Drop in oil prices has led to fewer customers, better employees

DICKINSON, N.D. -- Steve Keinzle noticed a change around the first of the year. The manager of Mac's Hardware in north Dickinson said his business catered to many oilfield service companies, both big and small -- mostly hot-shot crews and roustabout companies -- that would come in and buy everything from tools to flame-retardant gear for employees.

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