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US rig count rises 6 last week to 414, 2nd week of gains

HOUSTON (AP) — The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. rose by six last week to 414, the second consecutive week the count has increased after a slide that lasted months and pushed the count to record-low levels amid collapsed energy prices. A year ago, 859 rigs were active. Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes ...

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Burgum-Sanford ticket emphasizes energy, economic growth

Doug Burgum

Doug Burgum believes the energy industry is essential to North Dakota’s economic future. Growth of the industry provided well-paying jobs and revitalized many communities in western North Dakota. He was recently endorsed by former North Dakota Gov. Ed Schafer as “the conservative business leader we need.” As a businessman who has spent his life growing businesses, creating jobs and investing ...

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Work on Dakota Access begins in Iowa, protesters vow nonviolent acts

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Work has begun in Iowa on an oil pipeline despite repeated attempts by landowners and environmental groups to stop it, a spokeswoman for the Texas company building the pipeline said Thursday. The Iowa Utilities Board signed a final order Wednesday allowing construction on the $3.8 billion, 1,150-mile pipeline that spans four states, and work began ...

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North Dakota GOP gubernatorial campaign enters homestretch

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — After months of rallies in tiny town cafes and fundraisers in big city venues, the Republican candidates for North Dakota governor are making their final push in an intense, expensive and often acrimonious campaign between longtime friends that has focused largely on leadership qualifications as the state’s oil revenues decline. Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem and his GOP ...

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Scientists turn carbon dioxide into harmless stone

carbon dioxide

WASHINGTON (AP) — Scientists have a found a quick way — but not a cheap one — to turn heat-trapping carbon dioxide gas into harmless rock. Experts say the results of a two-year, $10 million experiment called CarbFix , conducted about one-third of a mile (540 meters) deep in the rocks of Iceland, offer new hope for an effective weapon ...

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Colorado has 40 times more natural gas than thought

natural gas, Colorado, hydraulic fracturing

DENVER (AP) — Western Colorado has 40 times more natural gas than previously thought, but an immediate boom is unlikely because of low gas prices, government and industry experts said Wednesday. The U.S. Geological Survey said the Mancos Shale formation in Colorado’s Piceance (PEE’-yahns) Basin holds about 66.3 trillion cubic feet of gas, up from 1.6 trillion estimated in 2003. ...

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North Dakota PSC hosting conference of energy regulators

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Public Service Commission is hosting a conference of energy regulators from 14 states. The three-day Mid-America Regulatory Conference begins Monday in Bismarck and brings together utility and energy regulatory agencies in states from the Dakotas to Texas. North Dakota Public Service Commissioner Brian Kalk was elected president of the group last year. The ...

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