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Top 5 Bakken stories of the week

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Here are the top five stories from Bakken.com for the week of February 22 through February 27. Enjoy! 5. Stats show oil patch highway is most dangerous in state BISMARCK, N.D. — The main north-south artery in North Dakota’s oil patch is the most dangerous stretch of road in the state, newly released statistics show. U.S. Highway 85 had the most ...

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Canadian crude proves perfect partner to U.S. shale: Kemp

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John Kemp is a Reuters market analyst. The views expressed are his own. LONDON – U.S. refineries are processing record quantities of heavy crude from Canada as the perfect complement to light oils from North Dakota and Texas as they struggle to keep their average blend steady. Crudes vary enormously – from low-density oils with few impurities to much denser ...

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Marathon reports increased production, profits in the Bakken and Eagle Ford

Drilling in the Bakken, North Dakota. (Photo courtesy of Marathon Oil)

Marathon Oil Corp. (NYSE: MRO) reports that its production from its U.S. operations increased by 35 percent overall with an average net production of 181,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boe/d). Production in the Bakken shale play grew by 31 percent and production in the Eagle Ford increased by 38 percent. The production increase in the Bakken formation is ...

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Williston man camp closing because of city code violations

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WILLISTON, N.D. — Officials in Williston are standing by their previous decision and forcing a 400-bed man camp to close because of city code violations. The Williston Herald reports that Black Gold Lodge petitioned the city to reverse a Jan. 13 decision to shut down the facility Tuesday evening. City commissioners moved to take no action, allowing their previous vote ...

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Hess Corp. forgiven for not meeting ND flaring goals

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BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota regulators have forgiven Hess Corp. for failing to meet state-set natural gas flaring goals. Hess shut down a compressor station for 10 days late last year due to equipment issues, and company officials said that caused an increase in the amount of natural gas that was burned off and wasted. KXMB-TV reports the Industrial Commission ...

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Pipeline expansion to connect Bakken ethane with Alberta market

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Pembina Pipeline Corp. has announced plans to expand the Vantage pipeline system which would link Bakken’s growing supply of ethane with the petrochemical market in Alberta, reports The Bakken Magazine. The recently constructed high-vapor-pressure Vantage pipeline runs from a gas processing plant in Tioga, North Dakota, and extends 430 miles to Empress, Alberta. From there it connects to the Alberta ...

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“Boom town” costs decreasing with drilling slowdown

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As drilling rigs are stacked and companies cut budgets, “boom town costs” such as company housing and travel expenses are also beginning to decrease, according to Halliburton President Jeff Miller. As reported by FuelFix, the executive’s comments are the latest indicator that small towns which saw sudden population growth when oil was priced over $100 per barrel may be in ...

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ND Gov. Dalrymple signs $1.1B ‘surge funding’ bill

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BISMARCK, N.D. — Gov. Jack Dalrymple signed a “great legislative accomplishment” Tuesday that will fast-track $1.1 billion for highways and communities affected by North Dakota’s exploding growth. The record one-time spending bill was rushed through the House and Senate so infrastructure projects begin by summer. The bulk of the money will be spent in in western North Dakota’s oil-producing region, ...

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