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Faces of the Boom: Blessed in the Bakken

The Bakken Boom

SIDNEY, Mont. – Patty Kneeland feels so blessed to be an oilfield wife, she wears a reminder around her neck. Kneeland and her husband, Bruce, moved to the Bakken region of eastern Montana two years ago after they closed a bar and restaurant they operated in the opposite side of the state for 10 years. The seasonal business in the ...

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Federal drug czar touring ND, Montana Oil Patch

Gil Kerlikowske

FARGO — Of all the warning bells sounded by law enforcement officials in North Dakota and Montana about crime associated with the Bakken Oil Patch’s rapid population growth, the one that seems to ring true involves drug trafficking. Michael Cotter, U.S. attorney from Montana, cites an April 2012 meeting he sponsored that was attended by about 150 law enforcement officials, ...

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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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