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UND’s EERC wins Open Innovation Challenge award


The Energy and Environmental Research Center (EERC) at the University of North Dakota was named one of the five winners of the inaugural Open Innovation Challenge sponsored by the Sustainability Collaboration between Statoil and GE Oil and Gas. The challenge focused on the use of sand in unconventional oil and gas operations, and the EERC was recognized for its development ...

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Nearly half of hotel rooms in North Dakota oil capital sit empty


WILLISTON, N.D. – Nearly half of the hotel rooms in the epicenter of North Dakota’s energy boom have been sitting empty this year, yet another sign that plunging oil prices have cooled the economy of the second-largest crude producing U.S. state. Producers, oilfield service providers and other energy companies across the state’s western oil patch have cut employee hours, canceled ...

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ND oil well blowout spews more than 23,000 gallons of crude


BISMARCK, N.D. — The state Health Department says a well blowout spewed more than 23,000 gallons of oil and 4,600 gallons of briny wastewater in Dunn County. Environmental scientist Bill Suess says the blowout occurred Saturday morning at a well owned by XTO Energy Inc., about 18 miles southeast of Watford City. Suess says the company reported the spill to ...

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In reversal, abundant grain trains available for harvest

In this Aug. 20, 2015 photo, elevator worker Brian Grahn inspects a rail car about to be loaded with spring wheat in Sterling, N.D. With fall harvest fast approaching, farmers are expecting to get the trains they need to move crops to market, a turnaround from the past two years when elevators across North Dakota _ and in some other farm states _ were overflowing and mountains of grain were piled on the ground awaiting rail cars. (AP Photo/James MacPherson)

STERLING, N.D. — The grain elevator that towers over this small prairie town has been humming with workers loading crops onto rail cars destined for domestic and worldwide markets. It’s a welcome sight in Sterling, North Dakota, and across the upper Great Plains, where in the past two years grain elevators overflowed and mountains of wheat, corn, soybeans and other ...

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Top 5 Bakken stories of the week


Here are the top five stories from Bakken.com for the week of August 22nd through the 28th. Enjoy! 5. Ex-well operator in North Dakota indicted in dumping case The former operator of a saltwater well in southwest North Dakota linked to an illegal wastewater dumping case pleaded not guilty to multiple felony charges Monday in federal court in Bismarck. A ...

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Oil and saltwater release contained in Williams County


BISMARCK, N.D. — The North Dakota Oil and Gas Division says about 2,100 gallons of oil and 12,600 gallons barrels of saltwater were released, contained and recovered on a site just outside of Williston. StatOil Oil and Gas LP reported Wednesday’s incident to the state division. The company reported that the cause of the contained fluid release at the oil ...

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Supervisors highlight county achievements, Bakken pipeline at luncheon


Story County Supervisors responded to questions on the Bakken Pipeline, strategic planning, drainage districts and the possible development of a new county park during Wednesday’s legislative luncheon hosted by the Ames Chamber of Commerce at City Church of Ames-Des Moines. “Things are going really, really well in Story County,” said Supervisor Rick Sanders. The three supervisors, including Wayne Clinton and ...

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States step up scrutiny of oil train shipments

Image: Blake Thornberry via Flickr

When it comes to regulating railroads, states usually let the federal government determine policy. But mounting concerns about the safety of oil trains are making states bolder. In recent months, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Washington state have taken steps to strengthen oversight of the freight rail industry. The three join several other states — mostly led by Democrats — in policing ...

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