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Project’s transmission towers will be built in Webster

Much of the work to build a high-voltage transmission line between the Big Stone power plant and Ellenedale, N.D., will be done in Webster. That means a boost for the Day County seat and the surrounding area, local officials said. Otter Tail Power and Montana-Dakota Utilities are building the 162-mile transmission line, and recently announced that the project’s 90-acre laydown ...

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EPA approves water quality rules for Montana, tribe

EPA approves water quality rules for Montana, tribe

BILLINGS, Mont. — Federal environmental regulators have approved water quality rules meant to protect southeastern Montana cropland from wastewater produced during natural gas drilling. They had been opposed by energy companies and officials in neighboring Wyoming. The rules limit how much salty water that is a byproduct of drilling can enter the Tongue and Powder River basins along the Montana-Wyoming ...

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Protesters charges with trespassing at Enbridge’s Duluth offices appear in court

Four of the seven environmental activists charged with trespassing in the Duluth offices of Enbridge Energy last month while protesting proposed oil pipelines across northern Minnesota appeared in court Tuesday. The protesters refused to leave the oil pipeline company’s offices at the downtown Tech Village building on Superior Street and were arrested, booked into jail and quickly released Nov. 2. ...

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MDU Resources Group lays off workers, cuts other positions

BISMARCK, N.D. — MDU Resources Group Inc. has laid off seven employees in its Bismarck corporate office after the sale of its oil company. MDU, a diversified natural resource company traded on the New York Stock Exchange, announced the sale of its Fidelity Exploration and Production properties in November to generate capital to fund investments at its other subsidiaries. The ...

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Western states’ battle over coal royalties spills into House

The Western states’ battle over royalties that companies pay for coal, oil and gas taken from public lands spilled into Congress on Tuesday, where lawmakers and witnesses from Montana and Wyoming squared off. Former Montana Department of Revenue Director Dan Bucks told the House Natural Resources Committee that more needed to be done to ensure the public was getting its ...

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Oilfield firm donates $172M in software to School of Mines

RAPID CITY, S.D. — Oilfield services company Schlumberger has donated $172 million worth of software to the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology to strengthen the school’s energy resources initiative. The Houston-based company provides technology and other support services for the oil and gas industry in areas such as western North Dakota’s oil patch. School officials say the software ...

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Judge throws out lawsuit challenging Nebraska pipeline law

The Keystone Oil Pipeline is pictured under construction in North Dakota in this undated photograph released on January 18, 2012. TransCanada Corporation Handout Photo

OMAHA, Neb. — A judge has thrown out a lawsuit challenging a Nebraska law that allowed the Nebraska governor to approve the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline route through the state. Holt County District Judge Mark Kozisek tossed the lawsuit on Friday, agreeing with the pipeline company’s argument that the issue was rendered moot by TransCanada’s decision to abandon plans ...

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