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NPR Currently Featuring Captivating Series on Bakken Oil Rush


By Lydia Gilbertson | Google+ This week, National Public Radio has been publishing a series of articles about the oil boom in North Dakota entitled “The Great Plains Oil Rush”. This series accurately represents the people involved in the oil boom in western North Dakota. NPR covers topics such as: gas flaring, farming, long-distance commutes, and overnight millionaires in their ...

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Lift Gas Export Ban to Reduce Flaring

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By: Rob Port, Bakken.com Contributor There’s a big push to reduce North Dakota flaring, but it needs some help from Congress. Yesterday the North Dakota Petroleum Council, which represents most of the oil industry in North Dakota,announced a goal set by the industry to collect 85 percent of the gas produced in North Dakota within two years, and 90 percent within ...

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We need Keystone now more than ever


By: Rob Port With oil train derailments much in the news of late, it’s clear that America needs expanded energy infrastructure now more than ever. But even this plain evidence of that dire need may not be enough to crack the political shell around one of the most contentious energy projects in the history of America. One outspoken supporter of ...

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Crude Weekly Update


Oil Inventories This week, WTI and Brent crude oil prices diverged in movement.  Brent rose for a 4th consecutive day as US distillate inventory declined more than expected; while WTI was pressured by disappointing Chinese PMI data and comments from the Iranian President that the Middle East country would have a compelling new model for oil investment by September. The ...

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MHA Nations plan 2014 Oil and Gas Expo – Sovereignty by the Barrel

MHA Nations

For the third year, tribal officials of the Mandan, Hidatsa & Arikara Nations are getting ready to host the players and agencies who are producing oil on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation.  Tribal Chairman Tex “Red Tipped Arrow” Hall said “We have a three-legged partnership, the tribes, oil companies and the federal agencies involved in oil activity here.” The theme ...

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Oil creates rhetorical problems for Dems


By: Rob Port, Bakken.com According to an analysis by the Wall Street Journal, the number of North Dakota millionaires grew significantly from 2012 to 2013. “In 2012, North Dakota ranked 43rd, one spot behind Alabama,” reports the the paper. “Last year, it moved up to 29th, one ahead of Florida.” A boom in energy production in the state’s western energy ...

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Duke Study Finds an Effective Wastewater Removal Method

fracking water

By: John Bestoloffe , Shale Plays Media Fracking wastewater is far and beyond one of the most talked about and criticized outputs from hydraulic  fracturing. The chemicals found in its wastewater are what some American citizens believe to be the cause of the contamination of the ground water where fracking has been occurring.  There are many new ways to dispose of, ...

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Crude Market Update: January 13th

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Oil Inventories Continue to Rise Crude Oil prices after Wednesdays EIA report declined 1.45% for the 24 hour period, closing at 92.61 after a report from the Energy Information Administration (EIA) has showed that fuel stockpiles in the US rose more than expected last week. Stockpiles rose by 5.83 million barrels to 125 million, surpassing analysts’ estimate of a gain ...

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Skewed crime numbers for western North Dakota


By: Rob Port, Bakken.com Of all the things causing angst among denizens of the Bakken region, crime and traffic are probably causing the most consternation. Which is understandable. Crowded highways. Overtaxed rails. Stuffed-full prisons. Overworked cops. While the explosive growth of the oil boom has been great for North Dakota and the region in the aggregate, there are side effects ...

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Wind Turbines Could Potentially Produce Natural Gas

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John Bestoloffe , Shale Plays Media Alternative energy is making another amazing scientific reach through the discovery of synthetic natural gas. This new development converts power to gas. The process itself transforms energy from wind turbines and photovoltaic systems into reusable hydrogen. When the renewable hydrogen is combined with CO2 it produces methane, which is a natural gas product. This ...

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