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City of Williston reaching out for more retail businesses

View of downtown Williston, North Dakota. (Image: Mike Galt via Flickr)

WILLISTON, N.D. — Officials in Williston are trying to draw more retail chains to the western North Dakota oil patch hub. Williston Economic Development and the Williston Convention and Visitor Bureau recently hired the retail data analysis company Buxton to identify the best retail options for the city and begin attracting stores. Based on survey results, the city is aiming ...

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State regulators to decide on Dakota Access pipeline

FILE - In this May 9, 2015 file photo, pipes for the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline are stacked at a staging area in Worthing, S.D. On Monday, Nov. 30, 2015, the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission is meeting to discuss whether to grant a construction permit for the 1,130-mile pipeline that would stretch from the Bakken oil fields in North Dakota through South Dakota and Iowa to a hub in Illinois. The project would move at least 450,000 barrels of crude daily from the Bakken oil patch. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)

PIERRE, S.D. — South Dakota regulators are expected to decide Monday whether to grant a construction permit for a pipeline that will cross through the state as it carries oil from North Dakota to Illinois. The 1,130-mile Dakota Access Pipeline proposed by Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners would move at least 450,000 barrels of crude daily from the Bakken oil patch ...

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Analysis forecasts derailment every other year if oil train terminal is built

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WASHINGTON — A proposal to build the largest oil train terminal in the Pacific Northwest could result in a derailment every two years and an oil spill from a derailment once every 12, according to a draft analysis by a Washington state agency. The document, released Tuesday, indicates that most fire departments along the oil trains’ rail route are not ...

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Pennsylvania safety seminar puts focus on Bakken crude

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Emergency responders from four counties gathered in Hempfield on Saturday to learn how to better respond to rail incidents, particularly those involving Bakken crude oil. The highly flammable crude is transported from the Bakken Formation, an area encompassing parts of Canada, Montana and North Dakota, to oil refineries, some of which are on the East Coast. There’s been an increase ...

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North Dakota eyes science for oilfield brine cleanup

In this November 2015 photo provided by Levi Sheff, workers clean up an abandoned pit near the Little Missouri River near Medora, N.D., almost 50 years after it held salty oil-drilling waste. The pit is one of only a handful of old drilling sites targeted under new state legislation that set aside $1.5 million for reclamation. (Levi Sheff/Terracon Consultants Inc. via AP)

BISMARCK, N.D. — A half-century after it held saltwater and other oil-drilling waste, an abandoned pit near the Little Missouri River in western North Dakota was dug out and filled with fresh soil this week with hopes that the site will someday be capable of producing vegetation again. The reclamation, which involved the removal of some 6,900 tons of salt-tainted ...

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