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By Lydia Gilbertson | Google+ Lydia Gilbertson is from Devils Lake, ND and has received a BA in English from Minnesota State University-Moorhead (2010), and a certificate in web development from MState (2013). She enjoys yoga, cooking, traveling, browsing reddit, PC gaming, and concerts of any kind. She resides in Fargo, ND with her cat Posey, and her corgi Super Nova.

Top 5 Bakken stories of the week


5. 2014’s Booms, Bans, and Busts no. 7: OPEC The 2014 year is on its way out, and Shale Plays Media is taking these last two weeks to recap on numerous major, groundbreaking stories that have impacted the world of oil and gas over the last year. Yesterday,  historical and landmark topics from the past year were highlighted  in an original piece you ...

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DRC initiates campaign to audit ND gov

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North Dakota environmentalist group The Dakota Resource Council initiated a campaign yesterday in an attempt to gain enough signatures on a petition to conduct a performance audit on the North Dakota Department of Health and the Department of Mineral Resources’ Oil and Gas Division. The group wishes to convince lawmakers that the audit is necessary due to these departments’ failure ...

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Utilities, railroads guardedly optimistic about coal deliveries


WASHINGTON — Representatives of the power and rail industries expressed guarded optimism Thursday about coal deliveries needed to generate electricity for Minnesota this winter. Speaking to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), officials from BNSF Railway, Minnesota Power and the Midcontinent Independent Systems Operator agreed that stockpiles of coal, which had been critically low at many electricity generating plants, have ...

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Tech colleges to aid state in manufacturing professionals shortage


Wages for welding and manufacturing jobs in western North Dakota and Montana are at all all-time high and are steadily growing. The demand for skilled workers in the manufacturing sector has skyrocketed since the implementation of hydraulic fracturing brought thousands of jobs to remote areas of the United States four years ago. As the demand continues to grow it is ...

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ND approves wind farm near Beulah


The North Dakota Public Service Commission approved a permit for a $240 million wind farm yesterday. The Antelope Hills Wind Project LLC of Santa Barbara, California is, slated to construct 86 wind turbines on a 22,000 acre plot of land.  The Fargo Forum reported today that the wind farm will support 250-300 construction jobs. North Dakota currently generates 1,600 megawatts ...

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250-barrel spill contained at Divide County well

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota’s Oil and Gas Division says a 250-barrel oil spill has been contained at a well in Divide County. Continental Resources Inc. reported a failed tank on Wednesday at the site about 10 miles northeast of Wildrose. Regulators say a state inspector has been to the site, and the spilled oil was contained and recovered. ...

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State withholds Dickinson State University grants


BISMARCK, N.D. — State grants totaling more than $663,000 are being withheld from Dickinson State University due to financial problems with the independent foundation that supports the western North Dakota school. The grants are part of the North Dakota Challenge Fund, which allocates $1 of state money to university foundations for every $2 in private donations that are raised. The ...

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ND officials to consider Oneok natural gas plant

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WATFORD CITY, N.D. — North Dakota officials will hear from an Oklahoma energy company that wants to build a factory in western North Dakota capable of processing 400 million cubic feet of natural gas daily. The Bismarck Tribune reports the state Public Service Commission decided Wednesday to meet with Tulsa, Oklahoma-based Oneok (ONE’-oak) Inc. representatives in February to discuss the company’s ...

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North Idaho oil train risks to be assessed under grant


North Idaho governments will use a $36,000 federal grant to update their emergency preparedness plans to address the growing number of oil trains rumbling through their communities. On average, two to three loaded oil trains pass through Spokane daily. But before they hit the Inland Northwest’s largest city, the trains travel along the Kootenai River, pass through downtown Bonners Ferry, ...

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