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Dakota Access Pipeline inches toward construction

The good news keeps flowing for Dakota Access LLC, but not so much for opponents. On Monday, the final order of approval for Dakota Access to construct the controversial oil pipeline in South Dakota was issued by the state’s Public Utilities Commission, and two days later the Illinois Commerce Commission unanimously approved its state’s portion of the 1,134-mile pipeline. With ...

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In North Dakota, donations slip as oil slides

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BISMARCK, N.D. — Thousands of layoffs from the oil industry’s slide have taken a toll on donations in western North Dakota’s oil patch, just as charities say their need is increasing. Donations to the Salvation Army were down by more than 60 percent in Williston, in the heart of oil country, as of mid-December. And energy companies that used to ...

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ND Petroleum Council: Vote will lift oil export ban to provide long-term benefits, energy security

Bismarck, N.D. – The vote in the United States Senate and House of Representatives to lift the ban on crude oil exports will strengthen the nation’s national security, keep energy prices low for consumers and help add stability to an otherwise volatile commodity market said Ron Ness, president of the North Dakota Petroleum Council. “The petroleum sector has been an ...

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Regulators authorize expansive environmental reviews for proposed Minnesota pipelines

State regulators decided Thursday to take a deeper look at the environmental effects of crude oil pipelines planned across northern Minnesota. In procedural decisions on a pair of pipelines — one to deliver North Dakota crude oil, another to import Canadian crude — the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission set the stage for an expansive environmental analysis that supporters fear will ...

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Trial scheduled for oil truck operator in North Dakota murder-for-hire case

SEATTLE – The trial of an oil truck operator charged with orchestrating the killings of two business rivals competing for work in North Dakota’s giant Bakken oil patch was slated to begin in January after the man withdrew his guilty plea, his lawyer said on Thursday. In a September plea agreement, James Henrikson admitted to an interstate murder-for-hire plot to ...

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Pipeline opponents critical of Iowa hearing format

DES MOINES, Iowa — The format of a meeting to discuss a proposed $3.8 billion oil pipeline has some people accusing the Iowa Department of Natural Resources of trying to prevent them from publicly voicing their concerns. The Wednesday meeting was held to discuss a state environmental permit application for the pipeline to cross through publicly owned land and water ...

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