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Groups submit opposition against oil pipeline across Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa — Groups opposing plans to build an oil pipeline across Iowa say organizers have submitted more than 2,600 written statements against the project. Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement and the Bakken Pipeline Resistance Coalition gathered Thursday in Des Moines to submit paperwork to the Iowa Utilities Board. The board has authority to approve plans for the pipeline, ...

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Power outage delays Bakken drilling data

On Wednesday Bismarck, North Dakota, experienced a power outage which shut down computer servers servicing the Bakken oil patch. As reported by Reuters, the servers provide data which tracks the plethora of statistics across the second largest oil producing state in the nation. The loss of power caused North Dakota’s daily rig count to be unavailable. The rig count serves ...

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Coalition of labor groups opposes North Dakota oil pipeline

BISMARCK, N.D. — A coalition of four labor groups says a company proposing a crude oil pipeline in southwest North Dakota can’t be trusted to build and operate the line safely. Officials with Laborers International Union of North America say they will testify in opposition to the project at a public hearing Thursday in Belfield. The 15-mile-long pipeline is being ...

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Oil refineries are a Yellowstone County mainstay

There’s oil in Jill Quade’s blood. A 26-year employee at ExxonMobil refinery in Lockwood, Quade grew up in a refinery home. Her mother, Janell Keeling, did lab work at the refinery. Quade donned the Exxon logo on sport uniforms as a child and even went to college on an Exxon scholarship. Her story is one shared in Yellowstone County by ...

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Soldiers arrive in Saskatchewan to battle raging wildfires

LA RONGE, Saskatchewan — Canadian soldiers arrived Tuesday to help battle raging wildfires in the western province of Saskatchewan, where more than 10,000 people have been evacuated in recent days. The smoke has triggered air quality warnings across the U.S. West and Midwest. Premier Brad Wall said it is the biggest evacuation effort in Saskatchewan’s history. Karen Hill, a spokeswoman ...

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Utility company asks Montana to raise electricity rates

BILLINGS, Mont. — A utility company is proposing a 21 percent electricity rate increase for residents and businesses in dozens of eastern Montana communities, and state regulators said Tuesday they’ll carefully review the case to make sure customers don’t get gouged. The proposal from Montana-Dakota Utilities would increase residential electricity bills on average by $14.80 a month, or $178 a ...

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TENORM rules: The right step forward for North Dakota regulators

North Dakota regulators have taken a big step forward this year by proposing regulations for the management of Technologically Enhanced Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material, commonly referred to as TENORM.  TENORM is a concentrated form of Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material (NORM) and results when low-level radioactive elements are produced with fluids from the wellbore and accumulate as the result of filtration, ...

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