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Governor signs emergency declaration for pipeline protest

Dakota Access, pipeline protest

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Gov. Jack Dalrymple has declared an emergency to make more state resources available to manage public safety risks from an ongoing oil pipeline protest near Cannon Ball. Dalrymple said Friday the declaration allows the state to bring greater resources to bear if local officials need help addressing safety concerns. Over two dozen protesters have been arrested ...

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US rig count up 10 this week to 491, Texas up 8

rig count, Baker Hughes

HOUSTON (AP) — The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by 10 this week to 491. A year ago, 885 rigs were active. Depressed energy prices have sharply curtailed oil and gas exploration. Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. said Friday that 406 rigs sought oil and 83 explored for natural gas ...

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North Dakota pipeline construction halted until court date

pipeline, pipeline tax

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Developers of a $3.8 billion, four-state oil pipeline have agreed to halt construction near an American Indian reservation in southern North Dakota until a federal court hearing next week in Washington, D.C. The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe is suing federal regulators for approving permits for the Dakota Access Pipeline that will move oil from North Dakota ...

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A lot of businesses offer value to their customers, but do they practice their values in their business?

values, natural gas generator

Now, more than ever, people are talking about values. Not the kind you get at discount stores, or when plane fares go on sale, but the values that make people and businesses who and what they are. In today’s competitive marketplace, any company who has a specific set of core values that speaks to their customer base precisely, and the ...

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Wildfire burns with ferocity never seen by fire crews

california wildfires

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — A wildfire with a ferocity never seen by veteran California firefighters raced up and down canyon hillsides Wednesday, instantly incinerating homes and forcing thousands of people to flee, some running for their lives just ahead of the flames. A day after it ignited in brush left tinder-dry by years of drought, the blaze had spread ...

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Best Bets for Buying New Homes: Oil Patch Communities

Valley mortgage, buying a home, oil patch

If you are interested in buying a home in the oil patch communities in western North Dakota, you’re not alone. Many people have ended up in this region due to the abundance of high-paying jobs in the Bakken formation, where jobs surrounding the oil and gas industry have dominated the economy over the past few years. When the boom first ...

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Jenkins, Pompeo warn of ‘attack’ on fossil fuel industry

oil and gas, fossil fuel,

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas oil and gas producers listened to dire warnings about their industry’s future from two House members during their convention in Wichita. U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins told the Kansas Independent Oil and Gas Association on Monday that it is still an assault on the industry by President Barack Obama’s administration from a regulatory environment to tax ...

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North Dakota oil output drops 20K barrels daily in June

North Dakota oil production

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota’s oil production decreased by more than 20,000 barrels a day in June. The Department of Mineral Resources says the state produced an average of 1.02 million barrels of oil daily in June, down from 1.04 million barrels in May. North Dakota’s production record was set in December 2014 at 1.22 million barrels daily. North ...

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US rig count up 17 this week to 481, Texas up 13

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HOUSTON (AP) — The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by 17 this week to 481. A year ago, 884 rigs were active. Depressed energy prices have sharply curtailed oil and gas exploration. Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. said Friday that 396 rigs sought oil and 83 explored for natural gas ...

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