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North Dakota panel approves proposed $250 million wind farm

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota’s Public Service Commission has approved a $250 million wind farm and associated electric transmission facilities in Hettinger and Stark counties. The three-member panel on Wednesday unanimously approved the project’s siting application, clearing the way for construction to start. Brady Wind LLC is planning the wind farm of up to 72 turbines and associated facilities. ...

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Traffic deaths surged in 2015 as driving hit new record

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Traffic deaths surged last year as drivers racked up more miles behind the wheel than ever before, a result of an improved economy and lower gas prices, according to preliminary government data released Friday. Fatalities rose 7.7 percent to 35,200 in 2015, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said. That overall rate was significantly outpaced by non-motorist ...

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Bakken Top Stories June 26 – July 3

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According to Baker Hughes, the U.S. rig count has increased by 10 this week, and oil prices have crept back up to around $50 per barrel. The anxiety associated with the British vote to leave the European Union only lasted a very short while, and things on Wall Street seem to have stabilized momentarily. In addition, U.S. Secretary of Energy ...

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Top 5 Marcellus stories of the week June 27 – July 3

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While the economy settles after Britain’s decision to leave the European Union, oil prices and the economy aren’t the only things on the minds of readers in the Marcellus shale area. News from the coal industry, still an important facet of Appalachian life, engaged readers this week. Plus…scandal! While news regarding fraud charges against Breitling Energy’s CEO, Chris Faulkner, got everyone’s ...

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Top Texas energy stories June 26 – July 3

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According to Baker Hughes, the U.S. rig count has increased by 10 this week, with Texas gaining four of the total overall increase. The price of oil is inching back up , playing games with that $50 per barrel mark. Oil currently sits at $48.99, and Brent crude is $50.35. The anxiety associated with the British vote to leave the ...

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US rig count up 10 this week to 431

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HOUSTON (AP) — The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by 10 this week to 421. A year ago, 862 rigs were active. Oil and gas exploration has plummeted amid depressed energy prices. Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. said Friday 341 rigs sought oil and 89 explored this week for natural ...

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US energy secretary sees oil market coming into balance

Ernest Moniz, Energy Department, oil glut

BEIJING (AP) — The U.S. energy secretary said Friday he sees the global oil market coming into balance over the next year as rising demand catches up with a two-year-old supply glut that depressed prices. Ernest Moniz said supplies should be adequate after the market comes into balance. He said Saudi Arabia has made clear it will maintain spare production ...

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Emerging Company H2O Midstream to focus on water infrastructure

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A new player on the midstream oil and gas field, H2O Midstream, LLC has set their sights on reducing costs by improving strategic water management in the oil and gas industry. According to Chief Executive Officer Jim Summers, “We see a tremendous opportunity to help the industry lower costs, increase reliability and improve safety performance while allowing producers to focus ...

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