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Shale vs. conventional: Which produces more greenhouse gases?

Oil and gas extracted from tight shale formations such as the Bakken produces greenhouse gas emissions similar to conventional oil fields, according to two studies released by the United States Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory. As reported by The Bakken Magazine, early estimates predicted that shale production might generate up to 20 percent more greenhouse gas emissions than oil ...

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Meetings scheduled to discuss pipeline reclamation program

BISMARCK, N.D. — The North Dakota Department of Agriculture is holding two town hall meetings to discuss its pipeline restoration and reclamation program. Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring says the meetings are meant to help farmers, ranchers, landowners and others resolve land surface issues and answer other questions about the program. Goehring says a new brochure will be made available to ...

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Keystone XL would have helped N.D. move some of its oil

The rejection of Keystone XL is a setback for North Dakota’s oil industry, even though falling oil prices and the drop in Bakken drilling and oil production have lessened the immediate need for it. “It is a good time to say ‘No, we don’t want a pipeline’ when you really don’t need it,” said Rudy Hokanson, a Minnesota-based oil analyst ...

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Williston-area homelessness still high, despite decline

WILLISTON, N.D. — The homeless population in the Williston region is dwindling, though the number of people living without adequate shelter is still troubling, a state advocacy group says. The North Dakota Coalition for Homeless People estimates 370 homeless in the oil patch counties of Williams, McKenzie and Divide, down from the peak of 624 in 2013. Unlike other areas ...

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Top 5 Bakken stories of the week

Just in case you missed them, here are the top headlines from Bakken.com for the week of November 1st through the 7th. Have a great weekend! 5. Iraqis tour North Dakota to study gas-capturing technologies BISMARCK, N.D. — The Iraqi government has turned to North Dakota for help in finding solutions to the wasteful burning of natural gas that’s a ...

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US rig count declines by 4 this week to 771

HOUSTON — Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. this week declined by four to 771. Houston’s Baker Hughes said Friday that 572 rigs were seeking oil and 199 explored for natural gas. A year ago, with oil prices about double the prices now, 1,925 rigs were ...

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Supervisors take no action on Bakken pipeline resolution

The Story County Board of Supervisors took no action Wednesday on a resolution proposed by the League of Women Voters of Ames & Story County, urging the board to request the Iowa Utilities Board conduct a complete and independent environmental and economic impact study on the proposed Bakken Pipeline. This decision comes just two weeks after the Boone County Board ...

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Group: Iowa board is limiting public comments on pipeline

DES MOINES, Iowa — A group that opposes a proposed oil pipeline across Iowa says the regulatory board overseeing whether it gets approved is limiting public comment on the project. State officials deny that, saying they’re granting both sides equal time. Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement said the Iowa Utilities Board will hear comments from only about 200 people when ...

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Western water system sales drop with slowdown in oil patch

BISMARCK, N.D. — A system bringing treated Missouri River water to northwestern North Dakota has experienced a significant drop in industrial water sales as activity has slowed in the oil patch due to slumping crude prices. Gross monthly industrial water sales through the Western Area Water Supply project slipped from a peak of more than $4 million in October 2014 ...

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Will Highway 85 see more improvements, another expansion?

One of the highways serving as a main artery for traffic through North Dakota’s oil patch might soon expand to four lanes, along with a possible bridge replacement, reports The Bismarck Tribune. The North Dakota Department of Transportation said it plans to complete improvements on the southern stretch of Highway 85 from Watford City to Interstate 94, a 62-mile stretch ...

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