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North Dakota oil drops by 29.5K barrels daily in December

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota’s Department of Mineral Resources says the state’s oil production decreased by about 29,500 barrels a day in December, while natural gas production slipped below a record level set a month earlier. The agency says the state produced an average of 1.15 million barrels of oil daily in December. The December production was about 75,200 ...

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PSC sets hearings for proposed wind farm in Stark County

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 2 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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Enbridge says Sandpiper pipeline won’t start up until 2019

Enbridge pipeline marker. (Image: Environmental Defence Canada via Flickr)

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Enbridge Energy Partners said Wednesday that it expects to push back until 2019 the start-up dates for both its proposed Sandpiper crude oil pipeline across northern Minnesota and a replacement for its existing Line 3 pipeline because of the need for an environmental review. Company executives told analysts during a quarterly earnings call that their “preliminary assessment” ...

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Watford City sustains growth despite downturn

McKenzie County is still seeing growth, despite recent layoffs and budget cuts that have dominated recent news headlines. While drilling has indeed slowed, production holds steady. As a result: permanent jobs and a steady stream of economic growth in the region. People might not be flocking to the Bakken like they were two years ago, but population in McKenzie County ...

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This week in ND jobs

Although many companies have cut positions or laid off employees over the last eighteen months, oilfield jobs haven’t dried up completely. Listed below are seven jobs in ND still open and waiting for your application. KLJ Solutions has a number of engineer positions open and recently posted with start dates immediately to early May. One position is located in Bismarck and requires two ...

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Pierce County residents skeptical of drilling project

Residents of Rugby, North Dakota are weary of a proposed plan to dispose of radioactive nuclear waste in a nearby 3-mile-deep borehole. (Image: Green MPs via Flickr)

RUGBY, N.D. (AP) — Officials with a federal project to determine whether deep rock is suitable for nuclear waste disposal told Pierce County residents that proposed testing in the county is not a step toward burying actual nuclear material there. But many residents and officials remain skeptical, fearing that the government might bring nuclear waste to the site in the future. ...

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New rules aimed at North Dakota’s oil industry

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota regulators are proposing new rules aimed at the oil industry. A slate of proposed rules were unveiled Tuesday, including a requirement that would require bonding for all crude and saltwater pipelines. Another new rule would require berms of at least a foot high to be built around a well site. Department of Mineral Resources Director ...

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