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ND oil spurs $4.1-B outlay for railroad

JIM GEHRZ / MCT ARCHIVES Enlarge Image   Excess gas is burned off at well sites east of Williston, N.D. BNSF is crucial in the Bakken oil boom. MINOT, N.D. — To bolster its ability to haul freight, including crude oil, Fort Worth, Texas-based BNSF Railway Co. plans to spend $4.1 billion on capital improvements in 2013, a single-year record ...

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Postmaster promises to improve ND Oil Patch mail delivery

USPS in the Bakken

Dickinson Press WASHINGTON — Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe promised Wednesday to help improve postal service to North Dakota oilfield housing units and to assist with meeting postal service hiring challenges in North Dakota, according to U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp. Donahoe and U.S. Sen. Tom Carper of Delaware, chairman of the committee that oversees the U.S. Postal Service, met with Heitkamp ...

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Bakken Oil, out on a rail

Bakken Rail Cars

Minot Daily News Railroads are moving three-quarters of the crude oil in North Dakota to markets, according to Justin Kringstad, director of the North Dakota Pipeline Authority in Bismarck. “They’re a very active player, to the tune of 75 percent of our oil now moved by rail cars. Only 25 percent is moving by pipeline in current market conditions,” Kringstad ...

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Nelson appointed as ND energy impact coordinator

North Dakota Governor

Jamestown Sun BISMARCK — Gov. Jack Dalrymple has appointed a new energy impact coordinator for western North Dakota to replace the current appointee, who is retiring. Rory Nelson, a longtime Williston resident who worked for Hess Corp. for 30 years, will serve as the governor’s liaison in North Dakota’s oil-producing region. Wayne Biberdorf, who served in that position since spring ...

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McLean County Commission rejects oil industry landfill

Great River Energy

Dickinson Press WASHBURN — McLean County commissioners on Tuesday rejected a plan to accept oil industry waste into a landfill previously used for coal ash.Great River Energy, which operates the Coal Creek Station power plant, had requested a permit to upgrade the landfill to accept waste produced during the drilling process. The permit would have allowed Great River Energy to ...

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Cleanup of 2006 ND saltwater spill still ongoing

Broken Underground Pipe

Minot Daily News BISMARCK (AP) – It’s been called the worst environmental disaster in state history: A broken pipeline belched more than a million gallons of saltwater into a northwestern North Dakota creek, aquifer and pond. Yet nearly eight years later, cleanup efforts are ongoing – with no end in sight, state health officials say. The ruptured pipeline allowed briny ...

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Affordable housing opens in Killdeer

Killdeer North Dakota

Prairie Business KILLDEER,N.D. — Just steps away from an RV park, a contingent gathered here Wednesday to signify the grand opening of a new “affordable housing” apartment building. Local and state dignitaries gathered for a ceremony and lunch at the Buckskin Bar and Grill before heading to the Prairie Gold Apartments, a recently finished 24-unit apartment complex on Rodeo Drive ...

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Making it Rain: Water Technology in the Bakken

Fracking Water in the Bakken

Technology innovations have led to an explosion of oil and gas production in the Bakken shale and across the United States. The combination of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing are making previously unattainable petroleum reserves accessible and economical. Yet as one natural resource proliferates, another begins to feel the strain. Oil and gas production, in particular hydraulic fracturing, uses large ...

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Low-cost natural gas boosting ND

Bakken Natural Gas

North Dakota has rapidly become a multi-faceted energy exporter. Crude oil and natural gas have joined electricity produced from coal as major state exports. It’s a narrative that the state has pursued for decades. But fracking and crude oil production have produced a spinoff story. Low-cost natural gas, a byproduct of oil production, has begun to benefit existing North Dakota ...

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Economic Partnership: Missoula poised to benefit from Bakken

Missoula set to profit on the Bakken

Missoula’s economy is poised to take advantage of opportunities in the Bakken, according to the Missoula Economic Partnership. “We’re kind of positioning Missoula as the entry point, surprisingly enough, to the Bakken,” president James Grunke said last week to members of the Missoula City Council. Initiated by Mayor John Engen after the economy crashed, the Missoula Economic Partnership works on ...

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