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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.

North Dakota crude production declines

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Crude output during the month of October fell by 4,056 barrels per day. This fall in production is the first decline since November of 2013. There are a number of causes for this decrease in numbers. The flaring mandate recently passed in the state requires drillers to capture a certain percentage of the methane byproduct. In order to comply with ...

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ND proposes changes in oilfield waste rules

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BISMARCK, N.D.— Oil companies may be allowed to dispose of radioactive oilfield waste at some North Dakota landfills instead of hauling it out of state under new rules proposed by the state Health Department. State regulators said the proposed rules that were publicly announced Friday will help track oilfield waste and come in response to the growing number of illegally ...

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Crime drama about the Bakken coming to Starz

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Starz announced today that it is currently developing a crime drama based around a Dakota boomtown that ‘revolves around oil drilling and fracking.’ The show is going to be called Black Gold and is being described as a ‘modern day western.’ James Ponsoldt will direct the series. Ponsoldt is credited for directing films such as Spectacular Now and Smashed. He ...

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Sanford to base air ambulance in ND oil patch

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DICKINSON, N.D.— Dakotas-based Sanford Health says it is adding an airplane ambulance in North Dakota’s oil patch. Sanford AirMed is slated to be operating the twin-turboprop airplane in Dickinson beginning Monday. The airplane will have a crew of flight paramedics, flight nurses, mechanics and a pilot who will transport patients in western North Dakota. In related news, Will oil patch demands ...

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BRIEF: Names released in fatal Oil Patch crash

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ALEXANDER — The names of those involved in a fatal accident in McKenzie County have been released. Bretton Gimse of Union Grove, Wis., was driving a 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt at approximately 7:10 a.m. Tuesday about 5 miles south on U.S. Highway 85. Jennifer Aguilar from Hallstead, Pa., who was traveling north on the highway, attempted to turn left onto 34th ...

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Excerpts from recent North Dakota editorials

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BISMARCK, N.D. — The Williston Herald, Williston, Dec. 8, 2014 Budget a big step for oil patch Gov. Jack Dalrymple proposed his 2015-17 budget with a clear emphasis on the needs of western North Dakota’s oil patch. In total, $3.7 billion of the record $15.72 billion is being offered to western North Dakota. The governor also addressed key issues by ...

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800 barrels of saltwater spill outside of Ray

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The North Dakota Oil and Gas Division reported yesterday that there was a contained release ten miles southeast of Ray.  A failed valve is the cause of the release of 800 barrels, or around 24,436 gallons of saltwater.  The incident occurred at the Beaver Lodge Devonian Unit F308-D. The well is owned by Hess Bakken Investments II, LLC.  A state inspector ...

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Saudi Arabia builds start-up culture with state oil money

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DHAHRAN, Saudi Arabia – Abdulaziz al-Jouf is in many ways a typical Web entrepreneur — the 34-year-old Saudi talks fast, works late and has big plans for his online payments system. But in one aspect he’s unusual: Jouf is funded by state oil company Saudi Aramco, better known for multi-billion-dollar investments in oilfields and pipelines. Their partnership is the result ...

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ND counties raise housing loan limit

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As of Jan. 1 residents of the counties of Burleigh, McKenzie, Morton, Oliver, Sioux, Stark and Williams will be able to take out more money for FHA housing loans. Affordable housing has been an ongoing struggle in the western part of North Dakota, following an oil boom that has caused the population to increase exponentially an extreme amount. This increase ...

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“Williston is what it would look like if Halliburton tried to colonize the moon.”

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The oil boom in western North Dakota has fascinated the nation. A variety of news outlets have done pieces highlighting the economic phenomenon. Today Vox.com released an interesting, descriptive and unbiased picture of the oil boom in North Dakota. Its author, Libby Nelson, poses the question,“what will North Dakota do with its newfound wealth?” Along with this question, Nelson discusses the ...

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