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Helms advises Utica’s Simmers on rapid industry growth

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Natural Gas Intelligence reported today that at the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission’s annual conference in Columbus, OH, Lynn Helms of the North Dakota Department of Mineral Resources presented on North Dakota’s rapid growth in oil production. Rick Simmers, of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, stated that he chose Helms to speak in order to illustrate to attendees how ...

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Energy quote of the day: ‘I didn’t expect a 25-year-old man to get beaten to death’

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Trucks are parked near new homes rented by oil workers on July 28, 2013 in Williston, North Dakota. North Dakota has been experiencing an oil boom in recent years, due in part to new drilling techniques including hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling. For a stark on-the-ground report from Williston, North Dakota – widely considered the hub of Bakken Shale oil ...

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First ND coal mine since the 1970’s approved


Forum News Service reported today that a permit for a coal mine in western North Dakota has been approved. The site will be called the Coyote Creek Mine and will be located 10 miles southwest of Beulah. Coyote Creek Mining Co. is a subsidiary of the North American Coal Corp.  This will be the first new coal mine in the ...

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California getting more Bakken crude by barge than rail


SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 22 – Shipments of Bakken crude oil from North Dakota to California by barge have quietly overtaken those by train for the first time, showing how the state’s isolated refiners are using any means necessary to tap into the nation’s shale oil boom. While tough permitting rules and growing resistance by environmentalists have slowed efforts to build ...

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North Dakota inching towards flaring ambitions

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This July, North Dakota set goals to reduce flaring in the state significantly by 2020. The state planned to gradually reduce the amount of natural gas that each well site is allowed to burn off each quarter. According to the U.S. Energy Department, North Dakota was on track to meet these goals as of August. In August, the state reported flaring 28 ...

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Devils Lake may house oil refinery

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Eagles Ledge Energy LLC, a Canadian company, may be building an oil refinery in Devils Lake, ND as early as 2017. Public informational meetings will be held in the community by the company early next month. The facility would process 20,000 barrels of oil per day and cost $200 million to build within the timespan of two years. The refinery ...

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German artist captures desolation amid Bakken boom

Andy Scholz

For Andy Scholz, a German artist who works in photography and film, coming to North Dakota had been a long-unfulfilled desire. “I love the movie ‘Fargo,’ so I wanted to come here to see the city and to be here for a while,” Scholz said. When Scholz heard about the oil boom bubbling up in the Bakken, he knew he ...

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