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First phase of Thunder Butte refinery project could be operational this year

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Mike Kopp | Shale Plays Media If the current plans of the MHA Nation Tribal Business council continue on track, the first phase of the Thunder Butte refinery could be operational November 1. The first phase is a transload facility at the refinery site near Makoti, North Dakota.  It’s engineered to accept truckloads of crude, store the crude, then fill ...

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Saltwater spills near Williston


Lydia Gilbertson | Shale Plays Media Google+ A saltwater disposal well 15 miles east of Williston is reported to have released 300 barrels of saltwater today. The spill occurred because of a piping leak. Kodiak Oil & Gas owns the P WOOD 3-27 disposal well. The release is said to have been contained. A state inspector is traveling to the site ...

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USGS to study Williston Basin water quality

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Lydia Gilbertson | Shale Plays Media Google+ The United States Geological Survey (USGS) will be conducting a series of tests on water in the Williston Basin area to determine whether or not drilling activity has had any effect on its quality. Scientists’ goal for the operation is to determine if the area’s water is, or could be, affected in glacial aquifers as ...

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Oil conditioning hearing date set


Lydia Gilbertson | Shale Plays Media Google+ The Department of Mineral Resources Oil and Gas Division has set a date for the special hearing addressing the transportation safety and marketability of crude oil in North Dakota. The hearing will be held at 9 a.m Tuesday, September 23 at the department’s offices at 1000 E Calgary Ave. in Bismarck.  If new laws ...

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The question of Bakken oil volatility must be settled

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Rob Port | Shale Plays Media contributor There is a sharp disagreement between the oil industry and the federal government over the volatility of Bakken crude oil. This matter because, while more than 99 percent of hazardous rail shipments arrive at their destinations without incident, there have been high-profile derailments in places like Quebec and Casselton, North Dakota, that have ...

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Wolf Pup Daycare opens in Watford City

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Lydia Gilbertson | Shale Plays Media Google+ Earlier this year, Watford City officials approved a building permit for a $4.7 million daycare center in order to help support its burgeoning population. Wolf Pup Daycare is now open with a capacity for 190 children in the large facility. It is the third largest daycare in North Dakota and has already enrolled 109 ...

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Federal worker housing coming to Dickinson


Lydia Gilbertson | Shale Plays Media Google+ The oil boom in western North Dakota has caused a housing crisis in the area. There is a lack of housing available and Williston, ND was rated the most expensive place to live in the country last year.  The U.S Bureau of Land Management is beginning work on a housing complex for federal workers ...

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Giant convention center planned for Williston


Lydia Gilbertson | Shale Plays Media Google+ Reuters reported today that The Prime Group, a real estate developer out of Chicago, is currently developing a massive convention center for the city of Williston. It will cost an estimated $150 million and will attempt to provide a meeting space, shops, a restaurant, underground parking and a hotel. The project is not yet ...

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Billings area may see a new refinery

Billings, Montana (Photo: Sara Goth via Wikimedia commons)

Zachary Toliver | Shale Plays Media A new refinery site billed at around $500 million is being proposed for the Billings Montana area. According to the Montana Standard, the new refinery center would bring in Bakken crude to refine the petroleum into diesel fuel. Surrounding facilities would also cultivate propane, butane and other lighter fuel products from the Bakken crude ...

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Boomtown Babes Espresso sees success


Lydia Gilbertson | Shale Plays Media Google+ I smell sex and coffee, yeah. Nyssa Grey, originally from Seattle, moved to Williston, ND a year ago with the hopes of starting her own business. Known for its “babe-ristas” wearing sexy clothing, Boomtown Babes Espresso has definitely been successful in the rapidly expanding oil town. The small coffee stand (soon to be stands) ...

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