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US rig count one away from historic low

Baker Hughes, rig count

HOUSTON (AP) — Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. declined by 13 this week to 489, a near record low. The Houston company said Friday that 392 rigs sought oil and 97 explored for natural gas amid depressed energy prices. A year ago, 1,192 rigs were ...

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Broken rail blamed for 2014 Lynchburg train derailment

LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) — A federal report has concluded that a broken rail was likely to blame for the April 2014 train derailment in downtown Lynchburg. The National Transportation Safety Board announced its findings in a report released Wednesday. The April 30, 2014 derailment sent three oil tankers into the James River, dumping nearly 30,000 gallons of Bakken crude oil ...

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BNSF: $100M in maintenance work planned in North Dakota

BNSF trains lined up in a railyard. The rail service company is planning to spend $100 million on maintenance in North Dakota this year. (Image: Todd Lappin via Flickr - CC2.0)

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — BNSF Railway Co. says it will invest more than $100 million this year in North Dakota as part of its capital expenditure program. The railroad says this year’s plan in North Dakota is primarily focused on maintenance projects. The company says the maintenance is aimed at keeping its network infrastructure in optimal condition and reduces the ...

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Alliance supports compromise for Williston workforce housing

Target Logistics' Williston Lodge North, North Dakota. (Image courtesy of Target Logistics)

WILLISTON, NORTH DAKOTA ─ March 2, 2016 ─ Members of the 1038 Housing Compromise Alliance, composed of North Dakota’s oil producers, oilfield service companies, housing providers and several statewide organizations, have united to support proposed Ordinance 1038 – which comes before the Williston City Commission March 8. “During a meeting in early December, Williston Mayor Howard Klug and the City ...

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BLM proposes flaring rule that could have big impact state revenues, royalty owners

A new rule will be presented by the Bureau of Land Management Thursday in Dickinson that could have a big impact on state tax revenues and royalty owner income. The proposed rule, which is aimed at curbing emissions and flaring, would seek to limit flaring from wells with mineral leases, but industry representatives warn the rule is duplicative to existing state ...

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Cramer – America’s energy abundance fuels freedom in the Middle East

The night lights of the United States as seen from outer space. (Image: NASA)

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Kevin Cramer made the following comments after media reports disclosed Swiss commodities house Trafigura will begin shipping American crude oil to Israel in the near future. This action comes after the United States released its ban on exporting crude oil as part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act passed in December.  Cramer has long been an advocate in Congress ...

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Oil pipeline protesters interrupt Minnesota water summit

Oil pipeline protesters interrupt Dayton's water summit

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Mark Dayton asked more than 800 people attending his inaugural Water Summit on Saturday to brainstorm ideas for solving Minnesota’s water quality challenges, but not before opponents of the proposed Sandpiper crude oil pipeline interrupted his remarks to urge him to play a greater role in scrutinizing the project. Just after Dayton took the ...

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PSC sets hearings for proposed Stark County wind farm

The North Dakota Public Service Commission will hold hearings regarding the proposed Stark County wind farm. (Image: Duke Energy via Flickr)

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota’s Public Service Commission has slated public hearings on a proposed wind farm and associated electric transmission line in Stark County. The PSC has set the meetings for March 30 in Dickinson. Brady Wind LLC has submitted applications for project that includes 87 wind turbines and a 19-mile transmission line south of Dickinson. The company ...

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