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Land board awards more than $12M in Energy Impact Grants

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota’s Board of University and School Lands has awarded more than $12.3 million in Energy Impact Grants. The grants go to political subdivisions that have been impacted by rapid development in the state’s oil and gas counties. More than 130 grants were awarded during the current grant round to. The Legislature provided nearly $240 million in ...

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Clean-up events organized for ND oil patch towns

BISMARCK — The North Dakota Petroleum Council’s “Pick Up the Patch” campaign is under way in several communities and will run throughout May. The effort is aimed at cleaning up garbage that’s littering the oil patch in western North Dakota. The Petroleum Council started the clean-up campaign in 2012 after complaints about the growing trash problem spurred by the oil ...

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Investigators release records of fiery Casselton derailment

Federal investigators have released hundreds of pages of records that offer new insight into the moments just before and after a 2013 oil train derailment near Casselton, North Dakota, that created a massive fire and forced 1,400 people to evacuate for several days. Interviews with the BNSF Railway workers operating the two trains in the derailment are included in documents ...

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North Dakota Legislature OKs state-run rail safety program

BISMARCK, N.D. — The North Dakota Legislature on Monday approved funding for a state-run rail safety pilot program intended to supplement federal oversight of oil train traffic. A House-Senate conference committee had been deadlocked for several days about the proposal, but finally decided to resolve differences and fund the $523,000 program that includes two rail safety inspectors. Senators voted 47-0 ...

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Top 5 Bakken stories of the week

Here are the top five stories from Bakken.com for the week of April 18 through April 24. Enjoy! 5. Study: Deferring well completion to pay off Crude storage in the U.S. is at a record high. During the week of March 27, 4.8 million barrels added topped off the current high of 471.4 million barrels, according to a recent report from ...

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ND House leaders agree to proposed oil tax bill amendments

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota’s House has agreed to Senate amendments on a measure aimed at restructuring oil taxes. The Senate voted 32-15 Thursday after a nearly three-hour floor fight to shave the state’s oil tax rate from 11.5 percent to 10 percent. House leaders concurred with the amendments Friday morning. The full House will debate the bill Friday afternoon. ...

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Halcon decreases Bakken well costs, increases production

For Halcon Resources Corp, costs in the Bakken have decreased while production increased during the first quarter of 2015 when compared to the previous quarter, The Bakken Magazine reports. After releasing its preliminary results for the first quarter, the company noted that it has been able to haggle lower prices with its service providers. Additionally, the company is continuing to ...

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ND allowed to join Wyoming lawsuit against fracking rules

BISMARCK, N.D. — A federal court has allowed North Dakota to intervene with Wyoming in a lawsuit challenging a new federal hydraulic fracturing rule for U.S. government lands. The Obama administration announced in March that it will require companies that drill on federal lands to disclose the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing. The rule takes effect in June. Wyoming and ...

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Enable Mistream’s Bakken gathering system comes online

Enable Midstream Partners LP has put the finishing touches on its first crude oil and produced water gathering lines in North Dakota, according to The Bakken Magazine. The Bear Den Crude & Produced Water Gathering System, which first started construction in August 2013 and was partially operational by November 2013, is now fully operational. The system has a total carrying ...

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