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Bakken workforce housing firm renews 2 contracts

Target Logistics' Dunn County Lodge, ND. (Image courtesy of Target Logistics)

Target Logistics, an international provider of workforce housing, announced on Monday that it has renewed major contracts with two global oilfield service companies. A recent press release states that the Woodlands, Texas-based company renewed contracts totaling roughly $50 million. Target Logistics, which has been offering housing services in the Bakken formation since 2010, will continue to provide workforce housing to ...

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North Dakota’s new oil train safety checks seen missing risks

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New regulations to cap vapor pressure of North Dakota crude fail to account for how it behaves in transit, according to industry experts, raising doubts about whether the state’s much-anticipated rules will make oil train shipments safer. High vapor pressure has been identified as a possible factor in the fireball explosions witnessed after oil train derailments in Illinois and West ...

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ND joining Wyoming lawsuit against federal fracking rules

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BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota plans to join Wyoming in a lawsuit challenging a new federal hydraulic fracturing rule for U.S. government lands. The North Dakota Industrial Commission headed by Gov. Jack Dalrymple voted Tuesday to intervene in the lawsuit that Wyoming filed last week in federal court. The Obama administration is requiring companies that drill on federal lands to ...

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Bids for $1.1B ‘surge funding’ projects lower than expected

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BISMARCK, N.D. — Officials say bids are coming in lower than expected for the $1.1 billion in fast-track funding designated for highways and communities affected by North Dakota’s exploding growth. Williston Mayor Howard Klug says bids for the projects are coming in at about 20 percent below original estimates. He says that means there will be more money for additional ...

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BNSF railroad adds new safety rules for crude oil trains

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OMAHA, Neb. — BNSF has started taking additional safety measures for crude oil shipments because of four recent high-profile derailments in the U.S. and Canada, the railroad said Monday. Under the changes, BNSF is slowing down crude oil trains to 35 mph in cities with more than 100,000 people and increasing track inspections near waterways. The Fort Worth, Texas, based ...

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Fractured exhibit showcases ND prairie, people, oil boom

Confluence of Yellowstone and Missouri River, October 2011. Photo courtesy of Terry Evans

People, prairie and big oil have created a pensive triangle in North Dakota’s Williston Basin. The interaction caught the attention of a visual and literary documentarian duo who will feature their work next month in Ellendale, N.D. During a span of two years, Elizabeth Farnsworth and Terry Evans made seven trips to the Bakken formation — a subsurface, geological area ...

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Oil company requesting flaring exceptions for 140 oil wells

Gas Flare from Bakken Oil Well of North Dakota. (Getty Images via NewsCred)

BISMARCK, N.D. — An oil company is asking the state regulators to grant an exception to North Dakota’s flaring rate requirements for 140 of its oil wells in Dunn and McKenzie counties. The Bismarck Tribune reports that XTO Energy is arguing it has nowhere to take its gas because gas-processing company OneOK couldn’t secure an easement agreement and build a 20-mile ...

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