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Judge grants preliminary injunction of federal hydraulic fracturing rule

U.S. District Court of Wyoming Judge Scott W. Skavdahl granted a preliminary injunction of the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) hydraulic fracturing rule on Wednesday. The ruling blocks new nationwide regulations for oil and gas drilling on federal lands from taking effect, according to the Associated Press and a statement by the Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA). Earlier this summer, ...

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North Dakota state crime bureau adding 9 new agents

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation is hiring nine new agents this fall and stationing many of them in the western oil patch, where crime is increasing. Two new agents will be based in Williston, working cases involving Internet crimes against children, Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem told The Bismarck Tribune (http://bit.ly/1haamcN ). Three of the ...

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So far, less pain than feared as U.S. shale firms renew loans

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HOUSTON, Sept 29 (Reuters) – A number of U.S. shale oil and gas companies are securing unchanged or even increased credit allotments during their semi-annual loan reviews, defying expectations that banks would slash small firms’ credit lines in response to low crude prices. According to a Reuters review of disclosures made by 19 independent U.S. shale oil and gas companies ...

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Heitkamp, Donnelly promote bill to fix water rule

BISMARCK, N.D. — U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota met with Sen. Joe Donnelly of Indiana in Bismarck on Saturday to talk about their bill requiring the Environmental Protection Agency to revise a rule that would give the federal government jurisdiction over some smaller waterways. Heitkamp says their bill would send the rule back to the EPA to redo, ...

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Henrikson pleads guilty in federal court


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


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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