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$4 billion ND petrochemical plant to receive Continental produced ethane

A $4 billion petrochemical plant, plans for which were unveiled last fall, has entered into a supply agreement with one of North Dakota’s biggest oil players, reports the Forum News Service (FNS). Denver-based Badlands NGL said in a news release that it has entered into a “precedent agreement” with Continental Resources to supply the proposed plant with ethane gas, a ...

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Keystone XL developer drops landowner lawsuits in Nebraska

LINCOLN, Neb. — The developer of the Keystone XL pipeline is shifting course in Nebraska and will withdraw lawsuits seeking to gain access to the property of landowners who oppose the project, the company announced Tuesday. TransCanada Inc. said it will abandon its current efforts to invoke eminent domain through the courts and will reapply for state approval despite having ...

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Environmental groups seek enhanced studies of planned crude oil pipelines across Minnesota

Opponents of two crude oil pipelines proposed in northern Minnesota are pushing for deeper, more sweeping studies of their environmental risks in the wake of an appeals court ruling rejecting the process begun by state regulators. The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission on Thursday decided to stay, or put on hold, its June decision granting a certificate of need to the ...

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Review: ABC’s ‘Quantico’ has some juice, but its ‘Blood and Oil’ a weak offering

As this fall’s new TV shows continue to roll out, there’s precious little that’s great, with only a few offerings that could be called good. ABC’s new Sunday dramas include “Quantico,” which has energy but worrisome weaknesses, and “Blood and Oil,” which isn’t much. It’s clear from the get-go that “Quantico” will have little resemblance to anything that happens at ...

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Electric cooperative opens new warehouse in Williston

WILLISTON, N.D. — An electric cooperative in North Dakota’s oil country has opened a new building to improve conditions for the workers who keep the power on. KXMC-TV reports that Mountrail-Williams Electrical Cooperative cut the ribbon on a 45,000-square-foot warehouse in Williston that will house a fleet of more than 50 trucks, as well as locker rooms and showers for ...

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Feds: Proposed pipeline rules could have prevented accidents

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — New federal rules proposed for pipelines that carry oil and other hazardous liquids could have prevented more than 200 accidents since 2010, including a Michigan rupture that ranks as the costliest onshore spill in U.S. history, federal officials said. The U.S. Transportation Department proposal announced Thursday covers more than 200,000 miles of hazardous liquids pipelines that ...

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Williston: From Boomtown to Hometown

Sponsored Content What does a city look like when its population more than doubles in the span of five years? It’s probably difficult to visualize a growth of that scale and momentum, but it’s a transformation city officials and residents of Williston, North Dakota have grappled with since the area’s oil “boom” six years ago. According to Census data, Williston ...

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