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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.

Largest private equity project in ND history to aid in flare reduction goals


Badlands NGL along with Gov. Jack Dalrymple announced today that they are working together to develop and invest in a polyethylene manufacturing plant for the state. The company expects to invest around $4 billion to the project, making it the largest private equity project in North Dakota history. Polyethylene manufacturing plants convert ethane into polyethylene which is used to make plastics ...

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Plea agreement reached in illegal dumping case


Earlier this year a driver from Black Hills Trucking Inc. was accused of illegally dumping saltwater out of his truck in Williams County. Today the Associated Press reported that Leo Slemin announced he will be pleading guilty to the charge due to a plea agreement. The agreement has resulted in a one-year jail sentence, three years of suspended probation and ...

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Fracking boom has been a jobs boon for North Dakota


Ground zero for America’s “shale revolution” in gas and oil production, North Dakota is also the reigning title-holder for lowest unemployment among the 50 states. There were more unfilled jobs in September than job applications within the state, where oil field workers can make six-figure salaries and even the fast-food restaurants dangle hiring bonuses of $300 or more. The state ...

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Lawmakers await more pipeline details


Area legislators are still waiting for more details on Energy Transfer Partners LP’s proposal to connect a crude oil pipeline from North Dakota’s Bakken Shale to a hub in Patoka, Ill., cutting through 18 Iowa counties in the process. The lawmakers said they have started hearing from constituents both in favor of and opposed to the proposal. The Dallas-based energy ...

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Dilemma in the Marcellus Shale: How to dispose of radioactive oil and gas waste?


A few months ago, a Marcellus Shale operator approached Leong Ying, business development manager at the radiation measurement division of Thermo Fisher Scientific, with a problem. The driller, whom Mr. Ying declined to name, was trying to dispose of oil and gas waste at area landfills but the trucks kept tripping radiation alarms. Rejected trucks had to be sent back ...

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Experts share fracking informaton at meeting


People curious about fracking in North Carolina attended an informational panel Saturday afternoon. Three experts spoke to the crowd of about 20 people regarding myths and facts surrounding the fracking industry. The program was hosted by the Cumberland County library system to help residents understand the technique of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, to produce oil or natural gas from the ...

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BP Cherry Point will allow only newer-model train cars at its crude oil terminal


BP Cherry Point has announced its rail terminal will no longer accept or unload any Bakken region crude oil from pre-2011 standard tank cars. By the first week in October, the facility had stopped using older DOT-111 cars for crude, BP spokesman Bill Kidd said. After several high-profile derailments in the last year, groups concerned about the safety of oil ...

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Marcellus boom helps keep natural gas bills stable in Western Pennsylvania


The abundant supply of natural gas from the Marcellus shale is keeping household bills in Western Pennsylvania stable this winter. Customers of Peoples Natural Gas Co. and Equitable Natural Gas Co. will have lower heating bills, while customers of Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania will experience a slight increase. Peoples Natural Gas bought Equitable last year, but the two utilities maintain ...

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The top 5 Bakken stories of the week


1. MHA Nation set to drill its own wells MHA Nation tribal members on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation are celebrating their next move to oil extraction and production.  Talk about drilling their own wells brought cheers and applause at the Indigenous Nations Economic Development Summit in New Town, Tuesday. Read more 2. North Dakota oil may have issues in ...

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More families moving to Bakken


The biggest criticism of western North Dakota’s population boom is its lack of permanent residents. However, recently, more and more oil workers are bringing their families along to live in North Dakota with them. The Forum News Service reported that a quarter of Dickinson’s Sierra Ridge Apartment Homes’ rentals are from a company that is holding the housing for its ...

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