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Oil permits in Fort Berthold to increase

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Lydia Gilbertson | Shale Plays Media Google+ Last week the United States Senate passed legislation with the goal of accelerating the process used to approve North Dakota oil and gas drilling permits. The legislation is called the BLM Management Permit Processing Improvement Act. This act is in place over concerns about federal lands on mainly the Fort Berthold Reservation. As a ...

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Where’s the Money?


Understanding North Dakota’s Rapidly Growing Financial Empire Mike Marcil | Shale Plays Media The comprehensive annual financial report released by the North Dakota Office of Management and Budget dated June 30, 2011, reported the assets of North Dakota exceeded its liabilities at fiscal year end by $8.7 billion (reported as net position). According to the most recent report, dated June ...

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In North Dakota, oil wealth checks are illegal

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Lydia Gilbertson | Shale Plays Media Google+ This year, residents of Alaska will all get a $1,900 check from the state oil wealth trust fund. But if Alaska produces far less oil than North Dakota, why aren’t residents of the Great Plains receiving the same check (maybe even a bigger one) in the mail? Eric Burgess of the Fargo Forum recently ...

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Engineering firm rides Bakken wave to downtown Billings expansion


Erik Olson | Billings Gazette (Billings, Mont.) Just two years ago, Anvil Corp. was a sleepy little engineering firm on the Billings West End that focused on design for the oil and gas industry in Yellowstone County. Now, the company has outgrown its home office and is expanding because of the Bakken shale oil boom. The Bellingham, Wash.-based firm moved into ...

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Top 5 Bakken stories of the week


Rig count: 193 1. Tex Hall no longer in chairman race amid scandal The Three Affiliated Tribes’ primary election was held yesterday. Marcus Fox and Damon Williams will be facing off in the November 4 general election for the chairman spot. Marcus Fox received 29.4 percent of the votes and is a tribal attorney. Damon Williams, who is also a ...

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Illegal dumping results in 50 years in prison for oil exec

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Lydia Gilbertson | Shale Plays Media Google+ The Associated Press reported today that an oil executive faces more than 50 years in prison for violating environmental laws. Nathan Garber, the President of Executive Drilling LLC will be sentenced on Sept. 26th in Bismarck. Garber recently reached an undisclosed plea deal with federal prosecutors. He is charged with multiple felony counts of ...

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Helms Briefs Leaders on Oil Activity Forecast


ND DMR Press Release WILLISTON- Lynn Helms, director of the North Dakota Department of Mineral Resources, today updated County Commissioners, auditors and other state and local officials on his oil activity forecast during his annual address to the North Dakota Association of Oil and Gas Producing Counties (NDAOGPC). “Visiting with the NDAOGPC is one of the most important talks I give ...

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Continental Resources names new COO

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Lydia Gilbertson | Shale Plays Media Google+ Continental Resources is one of the largest oil production companies in the Bakken region. Last week its president, Rick Bott, resigned from his position to pursue “a better opportunity.” Today, Continental named its new president. The new COO is Jack Stark, who has been the senior vice president of exploration for 16 years prior ...

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KLJ study predicts increased infrastructure woes for ND in next 5 years


Lydia Gilbertson | Shale Plays Media Google+ Last October KLJ commissioned a study to find the projected impact of the oil boom in western North Dakota over the next five years. The findings of the study are not surprising. Areas like Williston, Dickinson and Minot will have to more rapidly develop their housing and public infrastructure. The oil field employee ...

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Clean Water, Wildlife & Parks kicks off tour to urge a yes vote on 5


Zachary Toliver | Shale Plays Media On Tuesday, supporters of North Dakotans for Clean Water, Wildlife & Parks amendment appeared in Fargo and Grand Forks to kick off their statewide campaigning tour ahead of the November election. “This is a very exciting day,” announced Steve Adair, Director of Operations for Ducks Unlimited of the Great Plains Region and chairman of ...

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