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NDIC aims for consistency with Bakken flaring exemptions

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A second operator in the Bakken was granted a flaring exemption today due to a pipeline that Oneok was unable to complete due to right-of-way constraints. The North Dakota Industrial Commission voted unanimously to “stay consistent” and allow Oxy USA to avoid penalties due to its flared gas on wells affected by Oneok’s cancelled gas pipeline project on the Fort ...

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Grand opening held for $430M oil refinery at Dickinson

View of the Dakota Prairie Refining facility. (Image courtesy of MDU Resources Group)

DICKINSON, N.D. — Officials have formally dedicated a new oil refinery in western North Dakota. Bismarck-based MDU Resources Group and Indianapolis-based Calumet Specialty Products Partners built the $430 million Dakota Prairie Refinery near Dickinson. Officials on Monday held a grand opening celebration. Gov. Jack Dalrymple and U.S. Sens. John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp were on hand. Crews broke ground on ...

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Bakken producers leery of tribal regulations

An empty oil truck passing in front of oil wells flaring gas from their moisture separators in McKenzie County west of Watford City, North Dakota. (Image: Tim Evanson via Flickr)

This week informational meetings will be held regarding the West Segment Regulatory Commission and how the new tribal oversight of oil and gas development will impact the industry. According to the Bismarck Tribune, tribal members of a small reservation surrounding the town of Mandaree, North Dakota, received a corporate charter from the Three Affiliated Tribes allowing them to form the ...

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Some Central Minnesotans make western North Dakota home

In this Oct. 10, 2002, file photo, Edna Schwab walks toward the front door of Lawrence Welk's boyhood home in Strasburg, N.D. North Dakota’s Historical Society has drafted an agreement to finalize the purchase of the house. (AP Photo/Will Kincaid, File)

St. Cloud Apollo graduate Dan Thomsen and his family still live in Mandan, North Dakota, albeit in a bigger and better house. Technical High School graduate Kate Chopp continues to chase adventure in Williston, where she still works for Champ’s Place — although now in more of a managerial role. She books music acts and handles advertising and marketing for ...

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Williston continuing to grow despite oil industry downturn

Image: Zach Koppang / Shale Plays Media

WILLISTON, N.D. — A downturn in the oil industry isn’t having much of an effect on construction in the North Dakota oil patch hub of Williston. The Williston Herald reports that the value of private enterprise building permits issued through March is $26.5 million. And there are numerous publicly funded projects under way or in the works. They include a ...

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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 June 20th through June 26th. Enjoy! 5. St. Paul Park Refinery increasingly focuses on Bakken oil Minnesota’s oldest oil refinery sees a bigger future with Bakken crude. The refinery on the banks of the Mississippi River in St. Paul Park plans $100 million in upgrades that by next ...

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