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Diesel for harvest might be adequate with drilling slowdown

BISMARCK, N.D. — The slowdown in North Dakota’s oil patch should help keep fuel supplies adequate for the state’s fall crop harvest due to the dramatic drop in the number diesel-thirsty drill rigs, officials say. The harvest, which already has begun for some crops, often spurs diesel shortages for farm machinery in the Upper Midwest. The problem was particularly acute ...

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Uncertain outlook as North Dakota tops 10,000 shale oil wells

North Dakota surpassed a milestone in June — its 10,000th shale oil well — amid a still-gloomy outlook for its petroleum industry. The industry, facing continued low crude oil prices, is finishing off previously drilled wells to get oil and some revenue flowing and to meet regulated completion timetables, state officials said Friday. But the number of rigs drilling new ...

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Dakota Access eyes properties for eminent domain

Last week, Texas-based Dakota Access LLC began filing paperwork with the Iowa Utilities Board identifying parcels of land on which it wants to secure easements to bury a crude oil pipeline under but has not reached agreements with the landowners. The documents currently single out 31 properties in Story County and another 48 in Boone County — just two of ...

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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 9th through August 15th. Enjoy! 5. Officials fight vandalism on grasslands in west North Dakota MEDORA, N.D. — Officials in western North Dakota are trying to combat an increasing amount of vandalism on the Little Missouri National Grassland. Cattle ranchers are seeing ...

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North Dakota oil shipments by rail drop below 50 percent

BISMARCK, N.D. — The percentage of North Dakota oil shipped by rail has dropped below 50 percent for the first time in several years. North Dakota Pipeline Authority Director Justin Kringstad says rail shipments accounted for 47 percent of the 1.2 million barrels of oil produced in June. That’s down from a high of 75 percent two years ago. Kringstad ...

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North Dakota posts 1.2 million barrels of oil daily in June

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota oil drillers nearly matched the state’s oil production record in June, despite slipping crude prices. The Department of Mineral Resources says the state produced an average of 1.21 million barrels of oil daily in June, up slightly from May. The June production was 16,000 barrels per day less than the record set in December. North ...

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Montana oil and gas officials distance themselves from setting buffer zones between wells, homes

Montana’s Board of Oil and Gas will wait to decide whether to require minimum distances between oil wells and homes. The setbacks, sought by landowners and environmentalists worried about well hazards and property values, are on the books in neighboring states but not in Montana. Supporters requested buffer zones of a quarter mile, more than double the distances in other ...

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Sen. Grassley says pipeline oil safer than rail

While U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley hasn’t either supported or opposed the proposed Bakken Pipeline, he certainly has supported pipelines as a concept. In Thursday’s weekly conference call, which involved the Newton Daily News, the senator said he feels moving oil products via a pipeline is much safer than moving products by rail, citing a number of recent accidents. He said ...

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Legislative leaders: ND shouldn’t tap oil fund principal

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota legislative leaders said Thursday that lawmakers should not tap into the $3.3 billion currently in the state’s oil savings account when they have their first chance to access the money in 2017. The growth of the savings account that has accrued since 2011 and expected to top $4 billion when the Legislature reconvenes in 2017 ...

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