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Highway project set for Watford City

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WATFORD CITY, N.D. – The groundbreaking for a highway project here Tuesday marked a huge step toward improving the quality of life for Oil Patch residents, local leaders said. A U.S. Highway 85 bypass will improve safety and ease congestion in Watford City, where 3,700 trucks travel on Main Street each day. Watford City Mayor Brent Sanford called the project ...

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Great Lakes crude shipping plans put on hold

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  The Great Lakes have been spared the ignominy of becoming a conveyor for crude oil fracked at North Dakota’s Bakken fields. At least for now. Plans to build a crude shipping terminal at Duluth, Minn., on the western shore of Lake Superior, have been shelved because of a lack of refining capacity on the East Coast. From Wisconsin Public ...

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E15 gasoline approved for sale in ND

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BISMARCK, N.D., Sept. 24 (UPI) — North Dakota expands on its environmental success by offering E15 blended gasoline in four of its larger cities, Gov. Jack Dalrymple said. Dalrymple said North Dakota is now the ninth state in the country to offer gasoline blended with 15 percent ethanol, compared with the more conventional 10 percent blend. The Environmental Protection Agency ...

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Natural gas flaring discussed at ND capitol

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BISMARCK, N.D. – Officials involved with a working group tasked with developing plans to reduce natural gas flaring say they’re confident of their ability to meet a December deadline. The North Dakota Industrial Commission recently asked a committee of industry leaders to work on developing an action plan within 90 days. This group is working under the North Dakota Petroleum ...

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UND and Norway pen energy agreements

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Norway and North Dakota are  joining forces in researching energy and oil production. A Norwegian delegation of university and oil industry experts began a week-long tour of the State in Grand Forks on Monday. Their first stop was UND’s core sample library. It’s an enormous collection of underground North Dakota shale deposits that gives clues on where the next oil well could be drilled. They ...

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ND Man Camps: Green Housing?

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DICKINSON – Being “green” may be a rare topic of conversation around oil and gas industry water coolers, but workforce housing, or crew camps, can be resource-efficient by nature, according to a recent study. The camps are sustainable simply because it’s economical, and that efficiency reduces the stress larger camps have on nearby communities, according to a white paper released ...

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NDSCS opens a diesel tech training center and program

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Multiple speakers stood in the shadow of different pieces of equipment that will be worked on by students at the North Dakota State College of Science Diesel Technology Program during a opening ceremony to Bisek Hall in Wahpeton Friday. The ceremony, led by NDSCS President John Richman, opened the event by commemorating the opening of the new addition to Bisek ...

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Western Area Water Supply rates set

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The North Dakota Industrial Commission voted to set rates for water sales for the Western Area Water Supply Authority during its meeting Thursday. Officials with the WAWS Authority briefed the commission on the rates prior to the vote. Jaret Wirtz, executive director of the WAWS Authority, said the group was recommending a rate of $20 per thousand gallons. This would ...

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