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North Dakota state crime bureau adding 9 new agents

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation is hiring nine new agents this fall and stationing many of them in the western oil patch, where crime is increasing. Two new agents will be based in Williston, working cases involving Internet crimes against children, Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem told The Bismarck Tribune (http://bit.ly/1haamcN ). Three of the ...

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Bush: US should open overseas markets to US oil, gas

DES MOINES, Iowa — Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush says ending the ban on U.S. oil exports and easing restrictions on natural gas exports will unleash the nation’s economy. The former Florida governor is calling for ending the 1970s-era law prohibiting the U.S. from exporting crude oil at a time when domestic petroleum production has grown rapidly over the past ...

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Texas factory production holds steady in September

Manufacturing activity in Texas held steady in September as the sharp drawback in new factory orders eased, but the depressed energy market and the strong U.S. dollar continued to curb demand, according to a report Monday from the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. The state production index, a key measure of factory output, ticked up to a reading of 0.9 ...

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Republican presidential hopeful Bush sets domestic energy as priority

Lifting government restrictions on oil and natural gas exports, and building the Keystone XL pipeline are essential to domestic production and affordable consumer energy prices, Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush told the Tribune-Review. Bush on Tuesday is scheduled to lay out his energy policy during a visit to the Cecil offices of Rice Energy, which produces natural gas in the ...

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Shell pulls the plug on Arctic exploration

LONDON, Sept 28 (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell has abandoned its Arctic search for oil after failing to find enough crude in a move that will appease environmental campaigners and shareholders who said its project was too expensive and risky. The withdrawal came six weeks after the final U.S. clearance and three months after Shell was still defending the project, ...

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APNewsBreak: US drilling states guided on handling quakes

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A group of U.S. drilling states, seismologists, academics and industry experts issued guidance Monday in a frank new report on handling human-induced earthquakes caused by hydraulic fracturing or the disposal of fracking wastewater. The 150-page report, produced by the StatesFirst initiative, represents perhaps the most candid discussion on the topic since tremors across the mid-continent — including ...

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Heitkamp, Donnelly promote bill to fix water rule

BISMARCK, N.D. — U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota met with Sen. Joe Donnelly of Indiana in Bismarck on Saturday to talk about their bill requiring the Environmental Protection Agency to revise a rule that would give the federal government jurisdiction over some smaller waterways. Heitkamp says their bill would send the rule back to the EPA to redo, ...

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No need for OPEC, non-OPEC producers summit: Kuwait

KUWAIT  – A summit of OPEC and non-OPEC, as suggested by Venezuela, would be pointless as independent producers are not committed to cutting output, Kuwait’s oil minister said on Monday. “The problem is that there is no commitment from the countries outside OPEC on what they would offer for the stability of prices,” Ali al-Omair said. “Their request from the ...

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