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Bakken CEOs featured at petroleum conference

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BISMARCK – Lee Tillman, president and CEO of Marathon Oil Corp., will deliver the keynote address at the 22nd annual Williston Basin Petroleum Conference. Tillman will address the conference theme “Bakken Strong: Economy, Technology, Opportunity” with other Bakken producer CEOs, Harold Hamm of Continental Resources, Tommy Nusz of Oasis Petroleum and Jim Volker of Whiting Petroleum. The CEOs are among ...

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Bakken oil filled rail cars offered new parking arrangement in Albany

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By Eric Anderson Albany Port District Commission officials have offered a place for Global Partners to park its Bakken crude-filled tanker cars, but haven’t received a response, port General Manager Rich Hendrick said on Tuesday. “We’ve made the offer to Global to bring the cars into the port, fenced in and away from the homes,” Hendrick said. “We have a ...

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More North Dakota Amtrak disruptions from oil, extreme cold


By Kevin Bonham Forum News Service GRAND FORKS, N.D. — Westbound Amtrak train service on the Empire Builder is being switched to buses until Sunday for passengers in Grand Forks, Devils Lake and Rugby. Devils Lake Mayor Dick Johnson received the news late Monday afternoon in an email from Amtrak’s government affairs office in Chicago. Passengers from the three communities ...

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North Dakota oil regulator: ‘I just don’t see much value in public comment’

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By Mike Nowatzki Forum News Service BISMARCK — North Dakota’s top oil regulator, who would be in charge of considering public comments under a proposed “extraordinary places” policy, wrote in an email last month, “I just don’t see much value in public comment.” Lynn Helms, director of the Department of Mineral Resources, made the comment in an email sent to ...

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Businesses, Families Considering Contingency Plans for Pipeline Accidents

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By: Archie Ingersoll, INFORUM FARGO – A Canadian pipeline explosion that created a shortage of natural gas and prompted calls to curb usage over the weekend in the Fargo-Moorhead area has put a focus on the region’s preparations for a widespread outage of a heating source during a cold spell. The pipeline explosion south of Winnipeg led Xcel Energy to ask ...

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Letter: More sad stories from oil country

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By: George Magnus Johnson, Fargo The Forum is to be heartily commended for printing pungent, right-on opinion pieces from Darrell Dorgan and Tony Bender (Jan. 12). The Forum also recently had the sad stories of long-time residents of the Oil Patch area who couldn’t stand the social and environmental degradation anymore and are fleeing to other parts of the state. Here ...

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Letter: Oil train wreck a slap in the face


By: Tom Sperling, Mandan, N.D. Sometimes when you get slapped in the face enough times, you finally wake up. The slap that woke me was the train derailment of Bakken crude at Casselton, N.D. I worked as a trainman for the railroad for 37 years, and I am quite familiar with train derailments. I fear to think what the outcome of ...

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FIG Tree Capital Ventures Commits $10 Million to the Bakken /Three Forks Shale

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McKinney, Texas (PRWEB) January 27, 2014 The Bakken shale is known as one of the most prolific oil discoveries in the last 50 years. The Bakken/Three Forks Shale formations are responsible for producing over 1,000,000 barrels of oil per day and that number it is expected to increase substantially over the next few years. FIG partners with publicly traded operators, ...

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Forum editorial: Oil group’s reaction is overkill

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Forum Editorial When, in response to the Dec. 30 oil train wreck near Casselton, N.D., the chairman of the North Dakota Republican Party sagely suggested the pace of oil development should be re-examined, a major oil company player in the Bakken said no one should “overreact.” State GOP Chairman Bob Harms did not overreact. However, it was the tone-deaf oil ...

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