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Oil spills are already reported

engineers in short supply

By Rob Port | Google+ In the wake of a 22,000 barrel oil spill out of a Tesoro pipeline near Tioga, North Dakota, some state lawmakers want to make the reporting of such oil spills, to use their word, “mandatory.” As if they weren’t already. “When a 20,000 barrel oil spill goes undisclosed to North Dakotans for well over a week ...

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Growth in concealed carry permits aren’t unique to oil patch

By Rob Port There is some frustration in North Dakota over concealed carry permits. Under state law, the Attorney General’s office is supposed to issue a ruling on a permit application within 60 days. But for a lot of applicants that’s not happening. They’re being forced to wait months longer than 60 days. Not surprisingly, that’s causing some consternation. And ...

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Weekly Crude Oil Market Update – Bakken.com

Inventories keep on growing The crude oil market has stayed under pressure this week as inventory data had yet another build over what traders were expecting, this week we saw a grow in inventory by 5.2 million barrels, the trade expected around 3.4 million barrels. This marks about 16 weeks of growing inventory in the crude market and pushing us ...

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North Dakota, Iran, Nigeria, and Russia…waste not, want not

gas flaring

By Stephen Edelstein, Guest blogger October 23, 2013 If North Dakota were a country, it would rank fifth behind Russia, Nigeria, Iran and Iraq on the list of worst natural-gas wasters, according to the World Bank. Why is North Dakota ranked so poorly? Because of flaring. The practice costs the state’s mineral-rights owners $1.2 billion per year in lost revenue. Edelstein explains what ...

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A varied look at the oil patch


By: John Bestoloffe When did the boom begin? About seven years ago. Geologists have known about the Bakken shale foundation, one of the largest oil and natural gas deposits in the world, since the early 1950s. But oil production in the state was slow to develop because it was too difficult and costly to get at the deposits, which are ...

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A perspective on oil boom town Williston


Boomtowns don’t have to be ugly. San Francisco was built during the Gold Rush, as was Sacramento and dozens of still pretty towns in the Sierra Nevada. Virginia City, home to the Comstock Lode, quickly built up neighborhoods of ornate mansions and a main street that offered everything from Oscar Wilde lectures in the opera house to exotic prostitutes from ...

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North Dakota oil industry says new regs exceed legislative intent


By Rob Port The North Dakota Petroleum Council is saying that new regulations proposed by the State Industrial Commission exceed legislative intent. In a letter from NDPC President Ron Ness to Bruce Hicks, Assistant Director of the Oil and Gas Division of the commission, Ness says proposed rule changes “go beyond what we believe was the intent of the Legislature.” The ...

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A perspective on the “Bakken Belt” doubling

bakken rigs

The awesome expansion of domestic oil production in the original hydraulic fracturing (fracking) operation, the Bakken Belt, centered in North Dakota, is expected to double its volume of oil and natural gas production from its current one million daily barrels of crude oil by the end of this decade. This was foretold by top energy executives, gathered at an Oil ...

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President Obama absent from North Dakota


DICKINSON, N.D.—North Dakota is like an overachieving child who attracts the attention of everyone—except Dad. The oil boom taking over western North Dakota and transforming America’s energy landscape has prompted visits from people around the world—Germany, Turkey, Japan, Dubai, and elsewhere—to see what they can learn and how they can benefit. President Obama, however, has not visited the state since ...

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