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North Dakota eyes science for oilfield brine cleanup

BISMARCK, N.D. — A half-century after it held saltwater and other oil-drilling waste, an abandoned pit near the Little Missouri River in western North Dakota was dug out and filled with fresh soil this week with hopes that the site will someday be capable of producing vegetation again. The reclamation, which involved the removal of some 6,900 tons of salt-tainted ...

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Top 5 Bakken stories of the week

In case you missed them, here are the top five headlines from Bakken.com for the week of November 15th through the 21st. Enjoy! 5. North Dakota oil well backlog eclipses 1,000 for first time The number of oil wells in North Dakota that have been drilled but not fracked eclipsed 1,000 for the first time in September, as producers delayed ...

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MDU Resources Group delays plan for diesel refinery in Minot

BISMARCK, N.D. — Developers of a recently completed diesel refinery near Dickinson say they’re delaying plans for a second factory in the Minot area due to market conditions. Bismarck-based MDU Resources Group and Indianapolis-based Calumet Specialty Products Partners built the $430 million Dakota Prairie Refinery near Dickinson. It began selling fuel in May but has lost money in its first ...

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ND researcher developing smart pipeline technology

A researcher at North Dakota State University wants to create safer oil and gas pipelines. Fardad Azarmi is developing a thermal spray coating that would prevent corrosion inside pipelines. The coating is a mixture of metal and ceramic particles. Sensors that can identify corrosion and measure stress or cracking in critical sections of a pipeline are baked into the coating. ...

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Why many states are panicked by the federal Clean Power Plan

The four huge power plants that stand smoking in Colstrip, Montana, don’t just employ hundreds of workers. They pay property taxes that allow the city of some 2,000 people to afford services other remote, rural communities lack, such as a parks and recreation department. The electricity-generating plants consume almost all the coal mined at the Rosebud Mine, the second largest ...

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Supreme Court denies DNR appeal on Houston County mine

HOUSTON — A Department of Natural Resources decision on a Houston County mining operation was struck down in a final blow by the Minnesota Supreme Court. Last year, the DNR told mine owners Tracie and Michelle Erickson they needed a new conditional-use permit before they could operate their silica sand mine near the Houston and Fillmore County border in Yucatan ...

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Oilman, alum Tom Dyk gives $1 million to Montana Tech

Pioneering oil and gas leader Tom Dyk and his wife Mary are making a $1 million gift to his alma mater, Montana Tech. Dyk, who lives in Cody, Wyo., is chairman of the board of Axia Energy. He was a leader in the development of horizontal drilling techniques to get at oil and gas resources previously considered unreachable. With this ...

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Health Department taking public input on power plant rules

BISMARCK, N.D. — The North Dakota Department of Health is looking for public input for a state plan to meet federal efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions from U.S. power plants. The health agency is hosting the third in a series of meetings on Monday in Bismarck, the Bismarck Tribune reported. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rule requires North Dakota ...

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Iowa board begins set of hearings on proposed oil pipeline

BOONE, Iowa — A regulatory board has begun a set of hearings over the proposed construction of an oil pipeline across Iowa. The three-member Iowa Utilities Board met Monday at the Boone County Fairgrounds in Boone for the start of so-called evidentiary hearings over several days. They will include comments from representatives for Dakota Access LLC, the company that wants ...

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