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North Dakota regulators mull utility’s gas rate increase

BISMARCK, N.D. — Montana-Dakota Utilities Co. wants a $2.6 million increase in its natural gas rates to help cover the cost of its increased investment in natural gas facilities in North Dakota. The Bismarck-based utility, which serves more than 107,000 North Dakota customers in 74 communities, is asking the state Public Service Commission to grant the increase that would raise ...

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Target Logistics to build new Permian Basin mancamp

A pump jack which produces oil from the Permian Basin in Artesia, New Mexico, is seen in this undated handout photo provided by Devon. REUTERS/Devon Energy/Handout via NewsCred

Target Logistics recently announced plans to build a new 200-bed mancamp somewhere in West Texas for “one of the world’s largest independent oil and natural gas exploration and production companies,” at a time when occupancy rates at such facilities suffer from the oil and gas downturn. Woodlands-based Target Logistics did not disclose the company that commissioned the lodging facility or ...

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Meet the money-saving mom

Working in the oil field often yields great benefits and a considerable income. Some Texas positions, according to Hill Country Staffing Co., such as a general rig laborer, have an annual salary of $54,000 while welders can take home up to $14,000 per month. The trade-off, though, can sometimes be harsh on the worker, with many consecutive days of grueling ...

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Public hearing set on MDU natural gas rate request

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota regulators have scheduled a public hearing on a proposal by Montana-Dakota Utilities Co. to raise natural gas rates. The Public Service Commission hearing is at 9 a.m. Aug. 31 at the state Capitol in Bismarck. MDU is seeking a 3.4 percent overall rate increase, which would raise $4.3 million a year more than current rates. ...

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Target Logistics contracted for Permian work lodge

A new major project is underway in West Texas for workforce housing firm Target Logistics. Earlier today, the company announced that construction will begin immediately on a housing facility for “one of the world’s largest” oil and gas exploration and production companies. The announcement did not specifically name the company, but said occupancy should be available by early 2016. “We ...

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Lawsuit: Iowa board has no regulatory power over pipeline

DES MOINES, Iowa  — A three-member Iowa board has no authority to grant access to private property for the construction of a proposed oil pipeline, landowners opposed to the project argue in a lawsuit. The lawsuit filed last month in district court in Cherokee County says the Iowa Utilities Board has no legal authority to give developers such as Dakota ...

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Surrounded by frac mine, Blair couple put farm in conservation

BLAIR, Wis. — The land around Mary Drangstveit’s farm is changing. Earth movers and graders have replaced farm tractors and combines. Hillside has been stripped bare, lowlands filled with yellow soil. A silica sand mine is moving in. “This was all farm fields,” she said, gesturing across the road. “It has become an unbelievable mess.” But Drangstveit, 72, is determined ...

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