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North Dakota oil production up 3 percent

By: Amy Dalrymple, Forum News Service, INFORUM WILLISTON, N.D. – North Dakota produced 973,045 barrels of oil per day in November, a nearly 3 percent increase and another all-time high, the Department of Mineral Resources said Tuesday. The state now has 10,023 producing oil wells, with wells in the Bakken and Three Forks formations accounting for about two-thirds of the oil ...

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Democrats say oil regulation, promotion duties should be split

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By: Amy Dalrymple, Forum Communications BISMARCK – North Dakota’s Democratic legislative leadership is calling for the state to separate the oil regulation and promotion responsibilities of the director of the Department of Mineral Resources. In a letter sent today, the state Senate and House minority leaders ask the North Dakota Industrial Commission to “restore public trust that has been shaken ...

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Letter: State has downplayed the danger in oilfields

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By: Don Morrison, INFORUM Members of Dakota Resource Council are thankful no one was hurt in the explosion of the train carrying North Dakota oil just outside of Casselton, N.D. State officials have spent years downplaying the possibility that there may be problems in our oilfields. They have appeared to be more concerned with the oil industry than with the health, ...

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North Dakota crash was one of biggest oil spills on rails in U.S.

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By: Archie Ingersoll, Forum News Service CASSELTON, N.D. — A fiery train crash last month near here caused tank cars to lose more than 400,000 gallons of crude oil, the country’s largest oil spill from a train in decades, according to federal authorities. A preliminary investigation report released Monday by the National Transportation Safety Board said 18 of the 20 tank ...

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ND newcomer helps others assimilate

By: Katherine Grandstrand, Forum News Service, INFORUM DICKINSON, N.D. – In recent years, North Dakota has been painted as a beacon of hope and a welcome anomaly in a country facing recession. Thousands have been drawn to the state in search of a better life, but moving is easier said than done, whether it’s moving to a new state or a ...

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Western ND Postal Service gets Heitkamp’s stamp of disapproval

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By: Bryan Horwath, Forum News Service, INFORUM DICKINSON, N.D. – People in the energy-impacted areas of western North Dakota have been dealing with U.S. Postal Service problems since the onset of the oil boom. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp said Friday she wants to see solutions. Speaking at a forum including both local and regional Postal Service leaders at the Strom Center, the ...

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Letter: Priority at BNSF is safety

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By: Carl Ice, INFORUM BNSF Railway is thankful there were no injuries – to first responders, the community or our employees – in the derailment and subsequent fire near Casselton, N.D., last week, and we deeply appreciate the cooperation and great work of local responders and the community of Casselton. Now, across North Dakota and much of the country, appropriate questions ...

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Letter: Oil pipelines make no sense

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By: Joe T. Chyle, Pisek, N.D., INFORUM The oil train accident near Casselton, N.D., increased calls to build the Keystone pipeline. We need to slow down and look at the reality of it. Take a good look at a map of the United States. North Dakota is just as centrally located in the country as southern Texas. It makes no sense ...

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Mayor wants ND guard armory open for homeless

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WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — Williston’s mayor wants to use the National Guard armory in the city as a temporary shelter for the homeless. Ward Koeser tells the Williston Herald that he plans to ask the City Commission on Tuesday to consider the plan. North Dakota to the nation’s No. 2 oil producer behind Texas. Ninety percent of drilling activity in ...

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