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Judge: US agency lacks authority to set rules on fracking

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A judge ruled Tuesday that federal regulators lack the authority to set rules for hydraulic fracturing, dealing another setback to the Obama administration’s efforts to tighten how fossil fuels are mined. U.S. District Judge Scott Skavdahl said the Bureau of Land Management can’t set the rules because Congress has not authorized it to do so. The ...

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North Dakota’s savings dwindling due to tax collection drop

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota rainy-day fund that held more than $572 million in January is on the verge of being emptied due to lower-than-expected tax collections from depressed oil and farm commodity prices. “There are no ‘ifs,'” North Dakota Treasurer Kelly Schmidt said Friday. “We will drain it.” The Budget Stabilization Fund, established in 1987, was intended to stash ...

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Top 5 Bakken Stories of the Week, June 11-17

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Doug Burgum’s bid for North Dakota governor came one step closer to reality with his Tuesday win in the primary. The republican candidate stressed policies that stress economic growth and capitalizing on North Dakota’s two most important industries: energy and agriculture. Burgum-Sanford ticket emphasizes energy, economic growth 2 & 3. Two spills in North Dakota this week got lots of ...

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Natural gas flaring in North Dakota has declined sharply since 2014

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The volume of North Dakota’s natural gas production that is flared has fallen sharply in both absolute and percentage terms since 2014. In March 2016, 10 percent of North Dakota’s total natural gas production was flared, less than one-third of the January 2014 flaring rate, which was at 36 percent. Flaring rates and volumes have significantly decreased as North Dakota’s ...

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