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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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Halliburton cited in worker death in ND oil fields

Halliburton

Bryan Horwath The Dickinson Press For the first time ever, oil industry giant Halliburton has been cited for workplace safety violations in North Dakota. A release issued Monday by the U.S. Department of Labor detailed two “serious safety violations” levied against the energy giant in relation to the Jan. 19 death of Mike Krajewski at an oil rig site north ...

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Oil production up sharply in North Dakota

Oil Workers Bakken North Dakota

Bismark Tribune Oil production began to increase at a sharper pace in May, and production is expected to increase further during the summer months, according to North Dakota’s top industry regulator. Preliminary numbers for May put North Dakota oil production at more than 810,000 barrels per day. It was an increase over the nearly 794,000 barrels per day in April. ...

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State Dept. approves ND-to-Alberta gas pipeline

Bakken Natural Gas Pipeline

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The U.S. State Department has approved construction of the North Dakota portion of a gas pipeline from Tioga into the Canadian province of Alberta, Sen. John Hoeven said Tuesday. The proposed $300 million, 430-mile Vantage Pipeline is slated to supply ethane from North Dakota’s oil patch for Alberta’s petrochemical industry beginning later this year, the Republican ...

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Bakken Price Weakens After North Dakota Production Hits New High

Bakken Oil Boom

Bakken crude on the spot market weakened against West Texas Intermediate as North Dakota regulators said production from the state’s portion of the field increased to a new high in May. North Dakota’s Bakken field produced 745,399 barrels of crude a day, according to preliminary data from the state’s Industrial Commission. That’s up 2.4 percent from April and 29 percent ...

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