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Henrikson pleads guilty in federal court

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SPOKANE, Wash.— James Henrikson, who admits to ordering the deaths of two business associates tied to the oil-field business in North Dakota, faces four decades in prison after pleading guilty. Henrikson admitted in federal court in Spokane on Friday to ordering the deaths of Kristopher Clarke and Doug Carlile. He says he employed Timothy Suckow as the hit man both ...

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South Dakota regulators holding hearing on pipeline project

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PIERRE, S.D. — South Dakota regulators are deciding whether to approve construction of a proposed $3.8 billion pipeline that would move oil from western North Dakota’s Bakken oil patch. South Dakota’s Public Utilities Commission on Tuesday is beginning a two-week hearing on whether to permit the Dakota Access Pipeline, which would move at least 450,000 barrels of North Dakota crude ...

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Top 5 Bakken stories of the week

In case you missed them, here are the top headlines from Bakken.com for the week of September 19th through the 25th. Enjoy! 5. Oil services firms face end-2016 order vacuum as clients axe projects LONDON – Peter Rose’s problem of uncertainty is typical for the oil and gas services industry at the moment. New orders have dried up and he ...

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NDPC year in review – key takeaways

This week the North Dakota Petroleum Council (NDPC) held its annual meeting in Fargo providing an overview of the state of the Bakken to its growing membership. Topics ranged from a review of the past year’s activity to the most recent legislative session, current technological trends and of course, what’s in store for the future. Although times are tough at ...

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Final approval of oil train settlement is delayed

PORTLAND, Maine — Final confirmation of a $338 million settlement for victims of an oil train derailment that claimed 47 lives in Quebec was delayed Thursday to give the lone party that opposes the plan additional time to reach an agreement on terms to join the settlement or withdraw its objection. Canadian Pacific will let the settlement move forward by ...

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The Bakken is not special – analysis

Speaking at the annual North Dakota Petroleum Council meeting, Scott McNally dissected the Bakken’s potential in the global energy market and its ability to swing the market. The verdict? Despite being the number two producer in the U.S., the Bakken isn’t all that special. McNally, a graduate research assistant at Harvard University and fellow for the Center on Global Energy ...

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Contractors tapped for Midwest oil pipeline

CEDAR RAPIDS — Two Wisconsin companies, including Michels Pipeline Construction, which has a field office in Cedar Rapids, have been selected to build portions of the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline. The yet-to-be-approved $3.78 billion, 1,134-mile Dakota Access Pipeline would transport domestically produced light sweet crude oil from the Bakken and Three Forks production areas in North Dakota to Patoka, Ill, ...

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North Dakota set to extend deadline for gas flaring rules

BISMARCK, N.D. – North Dakota is poised to give the energy industry up to two extra years to curb the amount of natural gas burned off at oil wells, a move that would ease worries pipeline construction delays make it impossible to meet aggressive flaring standards. Governor Jack Dalrymple and the two other members of the North Dakota Industrial Commission ...

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