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Flush With Oil and Gas Cash, North Dakota’s Growth Tops in Nation

North Dakota’s economy wasn’t much to behold a decade ago. But that’s changed dramatically thanks to surging oil and gas production on its Bakken shale. North Dakota’s per person gross domestic product increased nearly 11 percent from 2011 to 2012 — tops in the nation for the second straight year, and three times larger than runners-up Texas and West Virginia. ...

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Giving the Bakken a dose of Synergy

Bakken Oil Fields

As a Montana native, Laura McRae noticed a few years ago that the Bakken energy play was a unique happening. Both with business backgrounds, Laura and her husband, Kendall McRae, also spotted another Bakken trait: A lack of communication between many of the different interests involved with the play. In the fast paced world of a large-scale energy boom, Laura ...

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Energy taxes could help the state in the future needs

Lower Energy Taxes

State Senate President Jeff Kessler, D-Marshall, will lead a legislative delegation to North Dakota later this summer to take a firsthand look at how that state has managed its energy boom.Specifically, Kessler is interested in North Dakota’s Legacy Fund.In 2010, North Dakota voters approved the dedication of 30 percent of oil tax collections into an interest-bearing fund. The money cannot ...

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ND tops nation in taps, housing rate

North Dakota housing

If one were to adopt power rankings for each state, North Dakota would be in pole position. Leading the nation in several categories, the state already has the lowest unemployment rate, is second in oil production and tops all other states in economic growth. Last week two more honors were bestowed upon the Peace Garden State, which now leads the ...

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North Dakota oil relies on rail: Deadly derailment involved train carrying

Rail being layed in North Dakota

WILLISTON, N.D. — The Bakken crude involved in the deadly train derailment and explosion in Quebec represents only a fraction of the oil shipped by rail from North Dakota each day. About 675,000 barrels of Bakken crude leaves North Dakota rail facilities daily, according to the most recent figures from Justin Kringstad, director of the North Dakota Pipeline Authority. That ...

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North Dakota gets $9.6 million for oil patch law enforcement

North Dakota State Police Cruiser

North Dakota Gets $9.6 million for oil patch law enforcement Posted 7/10/13 (Wed) The need for increased law enforcement help in western North Dakota is finally being recognized. The increase in population has inevitably led to a rise in crime. Slowly, but surely, counties including McKenzie County have increased law enforcement numbers. Yet, there are still many problems that need ...

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