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This Is Your Town on Fracking

Not long ago I found myself stranded in Williston, North Dakota. You might have heard of it. Despite being the eighth-largest city in the 48th most-populous state, Williston has won some infamy in recent years. It’s at the center of an oil boom that’s likely to make the United States a net exporter of fossil fuels in just a few ...

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Oil Patch drinking water violations prevalent

WILLISTON, N.D. – Crew camps, RV parks and other water systems in oil-producing counties dominate a list released Monday of drinking water violations issued last year, but officials say most issues have been corrected. The North Dakota Department of Health issued 236 major violations of the Safe Drinking Water Act in 2012, primarily for public water systems that failed to ...

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Name of victim in fiery oil tanker crash released

STANLEY, N.D. – One of three people killed last week in a multiple-vehicle crash involving an oil tanker that exploded was identified Tuesday as Tyler Fischer, 23, of Minot, the North Dakota Highway Patrol said. Authorities withheld the release of his name until receiving positive confirmation from the medical examiner, said Capt. Gary Orluck.Heavy fog contributed to a five-vehicle crash ...

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Night use restricted at oil patch wildlife areas

Posted: Friday, June 28, 2013 7:08 am Updated: 11:46 am, Fri Jun 28, 2013. Night use restricted at oil patch wildlife areas Associated Press | BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota’s Game and Fish Department is closing two wildlife management areas in the oil patch to night uses other than fishing and hunting. The restrictions at the Trenton and the ...

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ND drillers to get tax breaks natural gas usage

Posted: Monday, July 1, 2013 8:59 am Updated: 7:17 am, Tue Jul 2, 2013. ND drillers to get tax breaks natural gas usage Associated Press | BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — New legislation offers North Dakota oil drillers tax breaks beginning Monday if they stop burning and wasting natural gas. The Republican-sponsored bills passed the Legislature this year. They offer oil ...

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Federal drug bust nets 22 suspects in ND oil patch

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Federal authorities unsealed indictments Monday against 22 people charged with conspiracy to sell heroin and other drugs on an Indian reservation in the heart of the North Dakota oil patch. The first indictment in the investigation, dubbed “Operation Winter’s End,” was filed in March, but authorities didn’t make the case public until Monday because of the ...

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ND drillers to get tax breaks natural gas usage

Bakken Shale Rig near Watford City North Dakota

BISMARCK, N.D. — New legislation offers North Dakota oil drillers tax breaks beginning Monday if they stop burning and wasting natural gas. The Republican-sponsored bills passed the Legislature this year. They offer oil companies tax incentives for capturing and using the byproduct of the state’s booming crude production. Records show 275 million cubic feet of natural gas goes up in ...

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ND drillers to get tax breaks for natural gas usage

Oil Pumpers

The Republican-sponsored bills passed the Legislature this year. They offer oil companies tax incentives for capturing and using the byproduct of the state’s booming crude production. Records show 275 million cubic feet of natural gas goes up in smoke each day in North Dakota, or enough to heat more than 1 million homes daily. Flaring also accounted for about 5 ...

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