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Frackers fight back: RockPile uses outreach, tour of site to teach about hydraulic fracturing

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By Katherine Lymn on Jan 14, 2014 at 10:41 p.m. In most debates, the best stance to take is an informed one. That in mind, RockPile Energy Services hosted a tour group Tuesday in efforts to educate about the controversial but hugely popular hydraulic fracturing process.“As you guys are well aware, fracking is a bad word in the industry,” RockPile CEO Curt Dacar ...

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Oil production water spills on Montana reservation

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January 11, 2014 12:45 am  •  Associated Press GREAT FALLS, Mont. — Freezing weather cracked an overflow pipe on a tank holding oil production water on the Blackfeet Reservation, causing about 12,600 gallons to spill. The federal Bureau of Land Management says the spill discovered Tuesday about 10 miles southwest of Cut Bank didn’t involve oil, but wastewater that is the byproduct ...

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Suspect ND oil field venturer, details of Doug Carlile’s slaying read like crime novel


By: Shawn Vestal The Spokesman-Review It is not, to put it mildly, the kind of crime we’re used to. Not on the South Hill. Not on the North Side. Not on the East or West Side. Not anyplace, really, outside of TV and the movies. The slaying of South Hill businessman Douglas Carlile in his home last month was shocking – because that kind ...

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ND Democrats propose splitting regulation, promotion duties


By: Amy Dalrymple, Forum News Service, INFORUM BISMARCK – North Dakota is “ill-served” by an oil regulator who is also charged with promoting development, and the Industrial Commission should eliminate that conflict of interest, the state’s Democratic legislative leadership said Tuesday. The state Senate and House minority leaders are calling on the North Dakota Industrial Commission to separate the oil regulation ...

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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


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


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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