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Hess using remote NGL capture to corral flaring

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A statewide flaring mandate took effect on October 1st of 2014, which requires companies to capture a certain amount of their natural gas byproduct on-site per month or lower their production amounts. The state of North Dakota hopes to reduce its flaring rate by 10 percent in the next three years. Each company is applying different approaches for how they are ...

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Small natural gas leak reported at Mich. pipeline


TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — A small volume of liquid natural gas seeped into the atmosphere this month from a “pinhole” opening in an Enbridge Energy Partners LP pipeline in the Upper Peninsula, officials said Tuesday. The Dec. 8 leak near Manistique was from a pipe known as Line 5, Enbridge spokesman Jason Manshum told The Associated Press. Company workers discovered ...

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ND fines company $687,000 for disposal violations

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BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota regulators assessed a $687,000 fine Wednesday against a Utah company for violating saltwater waste disposal rules. The North Dakota Industrial Commission, a three-member panel that includes Republican Gov. Jack Dalrymple, approved the sanction against Springville, Utah-based Redemption Energy LLC. The matter now goes to North Dakota District Court for collection. Redemption Energy did not immediately ...

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Developers still seeking oil patch housing in tiny Fryburg

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FRYBURG, N.D. — Developers aren’t giving up on plans to transform a former school building into a housing complex for oil workers in Fryburg. The Billings County Commission in September rejected the proposal, deciding a four-story hotel with room for 318 oil patch workers would be too big for the small community. Only 20 people live in Fryburg. Morgan Chase ...

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DNR concedes its rules are faulty, then allows more frac sand mining

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The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is allowing more frac sand mines to open even though it let its environmental regulations on the industry expire nine months ago because the rules didn’t adequately protect streams from pollution, a state water regulator has confirmed. Over the last four years the DNR has approved more than 200 sand mining operations under a ...

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Belfry oil development halted

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An oil drilling project once considered a harbinger of a Bakken-like boom in the Beartooths has tapped out. Energy Corp. of America recently informed Carbon County commissioners that an experimental well near Belfry won’t be developed further because tests indicated it wasn’t worthwhile. “These results have led us to determine that this well is not a good candidate for further ...

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School curriculum aims to produce energy workers

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BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota’s energy industry has developed a curriculum aimed at teaching fourth- and eighth-grade students about the state’s petroleum, coal, wind, hydropower, solar, biofuel and geothermal resources. The Bismarck Tribune reports that the idea began more than two years ago with the EmPower Commission, a group representing North Dakota’s various energy sectors. The Great Plains Energy Corridor at ...

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Pair charged after fleeing ND undercover drug buy


WILLISTON, N.D. — Two Washington residents have been charged with multiple felonies in western North Dakota after attempting to outrun authorities following an undercover drug buy. KXMB-TV reports 28-year-old Ole Christman of Liberty Lake, Washington, and 23-year-old Natalie Clifton of Spokane Valley, Washington, are facing drug charges. Court records show the pair sold heroin to undercover agents in Williams County twice ...

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2014’s Booms, Bans, and Busts #10: Carbon Emissions Regulations

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This year has been an eventful year for the energy industry. So eventful, in fact, that in the upcoming two weeks, Shale Plays Media will be unveiling 10 major topics from 2014. Today’s topic: carbon emissions. Emissions regulations were a heavy topic in 2014. Amidst discussion of global warming and climate change, public health and pollution, many decried the impact ...

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