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(Video) MIT startup firm develops flying, portable wind turbine

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By John Deede, Shale Plays Media | Google+ Altaeros Energies, founded in 2010 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has created a flying wind turbine called the Buoyant Airborne Turbine, or BAT. Although the turbine lacks the giant propeller blades on traditional wind turbines, it makes up for its size with its versatility. The BAT can be deployed 1,000 feet ...

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Updated: N.D. shuts down handler of radioactive oilfield waste for violations in Killdeer


By Mike Nowatzki  BISMARCK – The North Dakota Department of Health has ordered a company that handles radioactive oilfield waste to shut down its facility near Killdeer after state inspectors found several violations there earlier this month. The emergency order issued Thursday alleges that Dyad Environmental LLC failed to properly store and track the disposal of the waste, which was primarily ...

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Shale brings mixed results for oil giants

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 By COLIN EATON New York Times Service, Via The Bismark Tribune HOUSTON — Eons before the first wildcatters smelled oil in West Texas, massive slabs of eroded sediment had fused and folded into thick bands underground, trapping the primordial sludge in layers of earth too deep to reach until modern-day engineers discovered a way. The technological breakthroughs of the past ...

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SEC Charges Former BP Employee with Insider Trading During the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

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2014-77 Washington D.C., April 17, 2014 (PR) — The Securities and Exchange Commission today charged a former 20-year employee of BP p.l.c. and a senior responder during the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill with insider trading in BP securities based on confidential information about the magnitude of the disaster.  The price of BP securities fell significantly after the April 20, 2010 ...

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Jimmy Carter comes out in opposition of Keystone XL pipeline


By Lydia Gilbertson | Google+ Making a decision on the Keystone XL is one of the hardest and most delayed decisions President Obama has had to make during his term as president. There have been many different lobbyists, celebrities, and activists vying for Obama’s attention on the issue. On Tuesday, Jimmy Carter and nine other Nobel Peace Laureates sent him a ...

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Toxic salt spill may have to stay in Badlands


By Lauren Donovan, The Bismark Tribune MEDORA, N.D. — A spill of water twice as salty as ocean water may have to remain in the Badlands drainage near Tracy Mountain south of Medora. A Continental Resources pipeline used to inject the saltwater and enhance recovery from older oil wells apparently heaved and broke Friday, spilling some 560 barrels into a dry drainage ...

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Propane on track: CHS terminal to help compensate for loss of Cochin Pipeline

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By Mikkel Pates, The Dickinson Press HANNAFORD — CHS Inc.’s new rail-fed propane terminal west of Hannaford in east-central North Dakota is coming together — an important step as the industry ramps up to fill a void left by the discontinuation of a key pipeline terminal. CHS is one of the region’s bigger players in the propane business, delivering propane that ...

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Letter: Get oil companies out of the Bakken

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By: Ryan Gustafson, Fargo, INFORUM Open up Google and search for “satellite photos of North Dakota at night.” Western North Dakota appears brighter than Minneapolis-St. Paul. The dazzling lights come from oil companies that are “flaring” natural gas instead of harvesting it, sending untold quantities of polluted smoke into our lungs. Oil companies have invaded. They are burning, sawing, drilling and ...

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EPA deems pipeline study ‘insufficient’


Joe Mahoney for The Daily Star, Oneonta, N.Y. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has concluded that a draft report on the environmental impacts of the proposed Constitution Pipeline is “insufficient,” and that a potential option of co-locating the transmission line along Interstate 88 “has not been fully evaluated.” The comments by Judy-Ann Mitchell, chief of the EPA’s Sustainability and Multimedia ...

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Forum editorial: Even wind farms get old and die

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North Dakota Public Service Commissioner Brian Kalk has the right perspective on reclamation of wind power sites that are either abandoned or have outlived their usefulness. The Public Service Commission talked about the issue last week in the context of the possibility of having to deal with the costs of removing aging wind farms from the landscape. The model for ...

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