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Top Bakken news stories – May 14-27

It’s been an odd couple weeks for the Bakken. This highlight reel features an eclectic mix of justice, oil and saltwater spills, theft of oilfield explosives and the Williston Basin Petroleum Conference. Scroll down to see what you missed! 7. 105K gallons of saltwater-oil mixture spills in North Dakota MARMARTH, N.D. (AP) — A tank overflow has caused a spill of ...

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Trump uses energy speech to outline general election pitch

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Presumptive Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump unveiled an “America first” energy plan he said would unleash unfettered production of oil, coal, natural gas and other energy sources to push the United States toward energy independence. But the speech, delivered at the annual Williston Basin Petroleum Conference in Bismarck, North Dakota, went far beyond energy, as Trump ...

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Trump addresses energy policy at North Dakota oil expo

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Donald Trump’s speech on energy policy electrified the crowd Thursday at the Williston Basin Petroleum Conference in Bismarck, North Dakota. Trump’s message was simple: America first. “America’s incredible energy potential remains untapped,” Trump said. “Under my presidency, we’ll accomplish a complete American energy independence.” In front of about 7,000 people, Trump outlined an energy plan that promotes oil, natural gas ...

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North Dakota oilfield cleanup project scrubbed due to funding

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Scientists have halted a project aimed at finding a new way to restore North Dakota land ruined by briny oilfield wastewater, determining there wasn’t enough money allocated to complete the research. The scientists, at the University of North Dakota’s Energy and Environmental Research Center, have found that the site in Renville County is double the size ...

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Trump to deliver energy policy speech in North Dakota

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump will deliver his first policy speech on energy on Thursday, hours after locking up enough delegates to secure the GOP nomination. Trump will be speaking at the annual Williston Basin Petroleum Conference in Bismarck, North Dakota, and is expected to lay out an “all of the above” approach with a renewed ...

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Man accused of stealing explosives in North Dakota oil patch

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A Williston man accused of stealing explosives from companies operating in the North Dakota oil patch and stashing them in his home also had prohibited guns, more than 1,100 rounds of ammunition and books on how to build explosives, federal authorities said. According to court documents, an informant told a regional drug task force that Tyler ...

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Oil tycoon, industry, congressman lured Donald Trump to Bismarck

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — It took North Dakota’s leading oil industry group, the state’s lone congressman and an oil billionaire from Oklahoma to lure Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump to Bismarck. Trump’s keynote Thursday at the annual Williston Basin Petroleum Council Conference and Expo was sold out, with more than 4,000 tickets made available in addition to those included with ...

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Bismarck elementary students got an energy education on Wednesday at the Williston Basin Petroleum Conference

Oil Can Kids Day

250 students, mostly fourth-graders, attended the Oil Can Kids Day event at the Bismarck Civic Center. Fourth-grade classes rotated through different energy education stations, each one a snapshot of where energy comes from and how it is used. The program also teaches students about tools and skills they’ll need if they work in a trade. At one station, kids participated ...

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Henrikson sentenced to life in murder-for-hire scheme

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SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The mastermind of a murder-for-hire scheme that originated from business dealings in the North Dakota oil patch was sentenced Tuesday in federal court to two consecutive life terms, intended to keep him in prison for the rest of his life. James Henrikson, 37, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Salvador Mendoza for ordering the killings of ...

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