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South Sudan minister denies rebels control oil fields


JUBA Dec 23 (Reuters) – South Sudan’s government remains in control of the country’s oil fields and will not accept a rebel demand for politicians detained by the authorities over a “foiled coup” to be freed for peace talks to start, the information minister said on Monday. Former Vice-President Riek Machar said on Monday his rebel forces were in control ...

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Boom boosts book business: Store owner says influx of oil workers means more … – In-Forum


Photo and Article By: Amy Dalrymple, Forum News Service WILLISTON, N.D. – Independent bookstore owner Chuck Wilder noticed a change in business four years ago when guys in Halliburton coveralls started coming into his shop. Books on Broadway started getting new customers, including a more educated set of oilfield workers than previous oil booms had brought to Williston. “These guys, ...

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Common Sense Regulation


North Dakota’s political leaders like taking credit for the state’s robust economic growth and rock-bottom-low unemployment rates. To hear some of them talk, you’d think they planned for the oil boom. Put the oil and gas under the ground and then created the economic conditions, and the industrial know-how, to pull it up above ground at a profit. Of course, ...

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Bakken boom trails into Billings

December 22, 2013 12:15 am  •  By Jan Falstad Montana’s oil production held steady last year, but North Dakota pumped 60 percent more crude than in 2011. And the sprint continues. North Dakota is now the country’s No. 2 oil-producing state and Mineral Resources Director Lynn Helms predicts production will double again by 2017. Sitting atop the deepest pool of ...

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Concern grows over haze levels at ND national park – In-Forum


By: Patrick Springer, INFORUM FARGO – Haze has become more noticeable in Theodore Roosevelt National Park and is the subject of increased monitoring and analysis. Researchers from the National Park Service and Colorado State University are in the midst of a two-year study to determine haze levels in the park’s north unit, surrounded by intensive oil and gas development. Preliminary ...

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New fracking technique could cut demand for fresh water


By: Amy Dalrymple, Forum News Service, INFORUM BISMARCK – The North Dakota Industrial Commission has approved the first significant pilot test of recycling water for hydraulic fracturing in the Bakken, which could lead to conserving millions of gallons of freshwater and reducing truck traffic. Statoil received the OK last week to proceed with a test that will use produced water ...

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McKenzie County hires full-time state’s attorney


By: Amy Dalrymple, Forum News Service, INFORUM WATFORD CITY, N.D – McKenzie County has hired its first full-time state’s attorney to keep up with increasing caseloads in the growing Oil Patch county. Jacob Rodenbiker, a Bismarck attorney who has prosecution experience in Miami and Burleigh County, will begin working for the county next month, said County Commission Chairman Ron Anderson. ...

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Bakken rail explosions fuel worry


Beach Fire Chief Dan Buchholz says unit trains loaded with Bakken crude pass through the heart of his community every day and a derailment is a catastrophe to contemplate. “I mean right through the middle of town. It would affect them directly,” Buchholz said. The possibility is a real concern. Two shipments of Bakken crude have derailed in the past ...

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Shell’s rail unloading facility moves forward


ANACORTES — Shell’s Puget Sound Refinery on March Point is moving closer to building a rail offloading facility for crude oil from North Dakota’s Bakken formation now that high-level design work has been completed and the company is ready to apply for 17 permits required before construction starts. Shell needs the offloading facility to accept 100-car trains carrying roughly 60,000 ...

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