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North Dakota housing growth rate tops in the nation

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota built new housing at a faster clip than any other state from 2010 through last summer, as people flooded the state in search of work in the booming oil patch. The U.S. Census Bureau’s latest annual estimate shows North Dakota’s housing growth rate far outpaced any other state’s in the year leading up to last ...

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White Earth voices concerns about Sandpiper: State commission to deliberate on pipeline Friday in St. Paul

WHITE EARTH RESERVATION — The White Earth Tribal Council held a public hearing Thursday regarding Enbridge’s plan to place the Sandpiper Pipeline through land and water areas impacting tribal lands. If the company’s certificate of need and the route are approved by the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission, the $2.6 billion pipeline would carry oil from North Dakota and Montana through ...

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Bakken & Eagle Ford production up overall, flat in April

Oil production from major shale plays in North Dakota and Texas were flat in April compared to March, according to Bentek Energy, an analytics and forecasting branch of Platts, a leading provider of energy, petrochemicals, metals and agriculture information. As reported by PennEnergy, production in North Dakota’s Bakken shale only increased about 2,000 barrels per day (b/d) in the month ...

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2015: Will the Bakken hit 1.2 million barrels per day?

Oil prices have tumbled from their peaks, and some roughnecks have been sent packing, but the current lull in North Dakota’s oil patch is hardly the harbinger of doom that many suspected it to be. Jonathan Garrett, a principal analyst with Wood Mackenzie, a global energy research and consultancy group, asserts that the slowed activity is no indication of future ...

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North Dakota increases oil well inspections on flood threat

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota regulators increased oil well inspections Wednesday because of flood threats and have told operators near the confluence of the Missouri and Yellowstone rivers to take precautions. Four nearby wells that have flooded in the past were being shut down as a precaution. Forecasters said recent rains could cause the water level near Williston to exceed ...

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North Dakota orders oil wells shut in over flooding concerns

WILLISTON, N.D. – North Dakota oil regulators ordered small, privately held Zavanna LLC to shut in oil wells near the confluence of the Missouri and Yellowstone rivers on Wednesday after more than 1.5 inches (3.8 cm) of rain raised flooding concerns. The state’s Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) said it was concerned that the confluence, near the state oil capital ...

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Enbridge argues for northern Minnesota pipeline as protesters say ‘No’

Enbridge Energy told regulators Wednesday that its proposed $2.6 billion pipeline across northern Minnesota is needed to carry North Dakota’s oil, can be operated safely and likely will reduce the frequency of oil trains across the state. “First and foremost the project will benefit Minnesota’s rail system, both its efficiency and its safety,” said Enbridge attorney Christine Brusven before a ...

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ND oil tax: Relaxed trigger finger, steady aim

Due to the recent rise in oil prices, over $480 million in tax breaks that would have otherwise been granted to oil producers remain in North Dakota’s coffers. However, discussion regarding the future oil tax revenue stream and a misled legislature persists. For the state to enact the tax trigger the average per barrel price for West Texas Intermediate crude ...

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After oil, ex-North Dakota Indian leader forms marijuana firm

WILLISTON, N.D. – The former chairman of a North Dakota Indian nation that controls one-third of the state’s oil output has formed a marijuana company to help tribes around the United States produce and distribute the drug. Tex “Red-Tipped Arrow” Hall, who until last fall led the Three Affiliated Tribes of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara (MHA) Nation, has formed ...

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Second Enable Midstream pipeline system now online

The first phase of Enable Midstream Partners’ Nesson crude and produced water gathering system in now online, reports The Bakken Magazine. Construction of the Nesson system, which will provide service for XTO Energy Inc. wells in Williams and Mountrail counties, began in July 2014. According to the company, the pipeline has been feeding into the downstream delivery system since May ...

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