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Crews work to clear up after 2 Wisconsin train derailments

WATERTOWN, Wis. — Crews worked Monday to clear freight cars from rail tracks and contain spilled crude oil and chemicals after two trains derailed in Wisconsin about 200 miles apart over the weekend. More than a dozen cars of a Canadian Pacific Railway train loaded with crude oil jumped the tracks in Watertown on Sunday afternoon, puncturing one car that ...

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Sanders speaks against Bakken pipeline through Iowa

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, a Democratic presidential hopeful, has criticized the proposed Bakken crude oil pipeline, which is set to go before the Iowa Utilities Board beginning later this week. “I’m opposed to the construction of the Bakken ‘crude oil’ pipeline because as a nation, our job is to break our addiction to fossil fuels, and not increase our dependence ...

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North Dakota’s colleges pitch education to laid-off roustabouts

WILLISTON, N.D. – North Dakota’s public universities have launched a scholarship program to enroll laid-off oilfield workers in energy classes, contending their best path to a new job is learning mechanical and computer skills. The strategy is designed to raise university enrollment as much as it is to prevent a drain of talent from the second-largest oil-producing state in the ...

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Bakken pipeline hearings scheduled to begin Thursday

After months of protests, filing deadlines and seemingly endless debates over the Bakken Pipeline, the Iowa Utilities Board is set to begin the public hearing to decide if the use of eminent domain will be allowed to gain access to the land along the desired route chosen by Texas-based Dakota Access LLC, the company proposing the pipeline. The pipeline would ...

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Williston moves closer to banning crew camps in city limits

WILLISTON, N.D. — City commissioners in Williston have given initial approval to an ordinance that would eliminate oil field crew camps within city limits next year, even though oil companies saying there remains a need for temporary worker housing despite the oil slowdown. Commissioners on Tuesday voted 3-2 to set a July 1 deadline for crew camps to close, The ...

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Distressed Eagle Ford, Bakken asset sales seen soon – Anadarko CEO

HOUSTON – Financial distress is soon expected to trigger long-awaited sales of oil and gas properties in North Dakota’s Bakken and Texas’ Eagle Ford basin, the chief executive of Anadarko Petroleum Corp said on Tuesday. A prolonged downturn in crude oil prices has generated lots of chatter that companies laboring under heavy debt that operate shale fields with high break-even ...

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Derailments bring safety worries to the fore

Sarah Zarling has become a close watcher of oil trains since February, when she realized her Watertown, Wis., house was in the blast zone if a train derailed and caught fire. So when an oil train passed through town Sunday afternoon she prepared to report it to a national network of activists pushing for stricter railway regulations that are keeping ...

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Pipeline struck by construction equipment leaks crude oil

BISMARCK, N.D. — The North Dakota Department of Health says it has been notified of a pipeline leak in McKenzie County four miles southwest of Watford City that spilled more than 9,000 gallons of crude oil. The department says that the pipeline owned by American Midstream (Bakken) LLC leaked 9,450 gallons after it was struck by construction equipment. The information ...

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