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North Dakota hits pipeline firm with more oversight charges

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota is assessing an additional $100,000 fee to pay for an independent review of the construction of the biggest-capacity pipeline proposed to date to move crude from the state’s oil patch. The state Emergency Commission voted Wednesday to charge Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners the to cover the cost of the third-party monitoring for the proposed Dakota ...

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Pipeline spill leaks 149 barrels of briny oil wastewater

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — State Health Department officials say a pipeline leak in Dunn County spilled more than 6,250 gallons of oil and saltwater, a byproduct of oil production. State environmental scientist Bill Suess (sees) says Marathon Oil reported the 149-barrel spill Tuesday at a well it owns about 6 miles north of Killdeer. The Houston-based company did not immediately ...

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Bakken asset sales require background check – regulators

To prevent inexperienced buyers taking control of infrastructure in Bakken asset sales, North Dakota regulators require background checks before approval. (Image: Range Resources Corp. Handout photo)

Last week North Dakota’s top energy regulator admitted he was concerned about investment groups such as hedge funds buying oil assets in the state. According to Reuters media, this concern is prompting Department of Mineral Resources Director Lynn Helms to run background checks on potential buyers. During a monthly conference call Helms said he is worried that some buyers will ...

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ND Governor to O&G – Preserve Little Missouri State Park

Last week Gov. Jack Dalrymple implored that an oil company developing an expansive drilling unit to be mindful of Little Missouri State Park as work in the area continues. As reported by Forum News Service, Dalrymple made the comment after the Industrial Commission, North Dakota’s three-member oil and gas regulatory body, received updated information about the progress of the Corral ...

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Bakken crude – Davis refinery update

Meridian Energy Group says the proposed refinery project in Belfield, North Dakota is on schedule. (Image: Rongy Benjamin via Flickr)

California-based Meridian Energy Group provided the public with an update to how its new North Dakota Bakken crude refinery is progressing. According to a news release, progress on the Davis Refinery in Belfield is making headway. Meridian has contracted engineering firm Vepica USA to provide preliminary studies of the proposed refinery, including the process simulation modeling of the proposed 55,000 ...

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