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Explosions put Bakken crude oil on state rail radar

About 18 months ago, Minnesota safety experts noted the heavily publicized explosions of trains carrying crude oil from the North Dakota Bakken formation through other states and Canada and realized many of those trains were coming through this state. That led to more training for firefighters and other first responders, including in several towns in this region. Because of the ...

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Top 5 Bakken stories of the week

In case you missed them, here are the top five stories from Bakken.com for the week of August 16th through August 21st. Enjoy! 5. U.S. approves landmark crude oil export swaps with Mexico WASHINGTON – The Obama administration will allow limited sales of U.S. crude to Mexico for the first time, a senior administration official told Reuters, marking another milestone ...

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Heitkamp: EPA methane rules harmful to Bakken, industry

Earlier this week the Environmental Protection Agency proposed new standards that would cut methane emissions from the oil and gas industry by 40 to 45 percent by 2025. U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) said, “Energy production and clean air through reduced greenhouse gas emissions are not competing ideals, and efforts to reduce emissions don’t have to hurt our energy industry,” ...

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Dunn County resident group still fights for landfill voice

MANNING, N.D. — Dunn County residents who have been fighting for months to have a say in the siting of oil and gas waste landfills have lost another battle. The group that wears bright orange T-shirts reading “We Are Dunn County” earlier this year unsuccessfully tried to get the County Commission to reinstate an old zoning rule that said landfills ...

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North Dakota’s $18.5 billion cash fortress

Despite the precipitous drop in oil prices, North Dakota has increased savings by $3 billion over the past 12 months. Bakken.com recently conducted an analysis of over 80 North Dakota funds and calculated the most recent balances to be in excess of $18.5 billion (see infographic). This represents a 22 percent increase from $15.5 billion in 2014 and a 125 ...

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Lawsuit: Iowa board has no regulatory power over pipeline

DES MOINES, Iowa  — A three-member Iowa board has no authority to grant access to private property for the construction of a proposed oil pipeline, landowners opposed to the project argue in a lawsuit. The lawsuit filed last month in district court in Cherokee County says the Iowa Utilities Board has no legal authority to give developers such as Dakota ...

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Feds set timeline to decide on drilling lease near Glacier

HELENA, Mont. — U.S. government officials plan to decide this fall whether to take steps to lift the suspension of an oil and gas lease on land sacred to Native Americans or to begin the four-month process of canceling it, according to court documents filed Monday. The timeline for resolving the decades-old suspension of the lease in the Badger-Two Medicine ...

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