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Activity up, hiring increases in the Bakken

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Oil companies are hiring in the Bakken, and more jobs are expected to open up next year, according to the Bismarck Tribune today. Job Service North Dakota announced six oil companies are looking for workers to man fracking crews in the new year, said Cindy Sanford, customer service office manager of Job Service’s Williston branch. She said she couldn’t reveal ...

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Will Trump’s policies affect drilling or pipelines?

California oil field

The election of Donald Trump has thrilled many people across the West’s oil and gas industry who say his promises to roll back regulations will free it from unfair and unnecessary obstacles imposed by President Obama, including drilling in the Western part of the United States. As California “If the Trump administration does nothing but stop being hostile to us, we’ll ...

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Obama’s offshore drilling ban–“Trump-proof”?

offshore drilling

In a historic move taken a month to the day before he hands over the White House to one of the most fossil-fueled administrations in U.S. history, President Obama answered the call of Native Alaskans, coastal residents and climate activists demanding offshore drilling bans, and stuck it to Donald Trump. Obama banned all future offshore oil and gas drilling from ...

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Energy 2016 – The Year in Review

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Looking back on 2016, there have been changes, both good and bad, for the energy industry. We’ve toughed out another year of roller-coaster oil and gas prices. We’ve seen prices near $25 per barrel back in May, with a steady, gradual increase in recent weeks. We’ve seen OPEC promise to cut production and President-elect Trump promise to bring back jobs ...

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Trump’s picks leave energy industry optimistic

oil men, Trump, cabinet

For those who have been frustrated with the Obama Administration’s policies on climate and energy, Trump’s choices of several oil men for executive positions have those in the oil and gas industry feeling optimistic that change is coming. A Fuelfix article earlier this week reminds us that government and oil haven’t always gotten along. Ever since the U.S. Supreme Court ...

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Rig count jumps up 27

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Maybe it’s OPEC’s promise for production cuts, maybe it’s Donald Trump’s new staff appointments, or maybe there’s just some good vibes floating around in the air. No matter what the reason, cheers went up today when Baker Hughes released the weekly rig count, showing an increase of 27 rigs exploring for oil and natural gas this week. Even though the ...

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Keeping Warm in Winter: Weatherization that Works

weatherization, spray foam

Keeping your house warm while staying inside your budget isn’t always easy. As the cost of energy goes up with the impending recovery in the oil sector, commercial and residential power sources will follow suit, as they traditionally have in the past.  One way to keep your energy costs under control is to make sure your home is well equipped ...

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Texas adds 7 rigs; Dec. 2 rig count totals 597

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U.S. oil producers, especially in shale plays across the region, are likely crossing their fingers that OPEC’s commitment to cutting production will help oil prices to inch higher—and stay there. In the meantime, rig counts have inched up slightly. As reported by Baker Hughes, the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas went up a total of four ...

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Heitkamp considered for energy secretary

Heidi Heitkamp

Democratic Senator Heidi Heitkamp was invited to Trump Tower today for a meeting with President-elect Donald Trump. Rumors are circulating that the North Dakota senator is being considered for Secretary of Energy. With oil and gas production as one of the top revenue-driving industries in the state, having a North Dakota advocate in the position would ensure the state’s needs ...

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Trump’s “Contract” promises to lift roadblocks to allow Keystone XL, other pipelines

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Amidst Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) protests, Keystone XL rises from the dead. Many didn’t think it would ever happen after a denial of necessary permits for its completion by President Obama and the State Department. The Keystone Pipeline System, commissioned in 2010, would run from the so-called “tar sands” in Alberta, through Montana (just west of the Bakken oil field) to ...

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