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Snow and cold temps slow ND oil production


Even booming Bakken oil production can’t stand up to North Dakota’s crippling winters. By hindering transportation to wells and slowing the hydraulic fracturing process, severe winter weather slows production. The No. 1 cause of the slowdown in winter months is difficulties for fracking, North Dakota Department of Mineral Resources Director Lynn Helms said. Ice and snow make it harder to ...

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“It’s not too late”

Bakken Summit Minot Brown

By Jason Spiess Those were the words uttered by former Gov. Ed Schafer in front of a standing-room-only audience at a conference last December in Rapid City, SD.  The Bakken oil boom has garnered interest from regional, national and international businesses and, according to Schafer, it’s not too late for businesses to participate in the booming economic growth in western ...

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North Dakota’s oil spill website now live


BISMARCK – A North Dakota website detailing oil spills and other environmental incidents is now live. The North Dakota Department of Health created the website, www.ndhealth.gov/ehs/spills, to make information about spills easy to access. Dave Glatt, chief of the Environmental Health Section, said the website had been in the works for a while after staff saw an increase in information ...

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Obama wants renewable energy boosted 20 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — Saying the government should lead by example, President Barack Obama is ordering the federal government to nearly triple its use of renewable sources for electricity by 2020. Obama says the plan to use renewables for 20 percent of electricity needs will help reduce pollution that causes global warming, promote American energy independence and boost domestic energy sources ...

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North Dakota oil boom brings worry to Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Theodore Roosevelt

Published (Los Angeles Times): Wed, December 4, 2013 @ 12:00 a.m. On a stretch of ranchland nestled in the North Dakota Badlands, under dark, star-filled night skies, serene landscape and solitude, Theodore Roosevelt formed his strong conservationist ideals more than a century ago. But the night skies around the former president’s Elkhorn Ranch, referred to as the “cradle of conservation” ...

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Weekly Crude Oil Market Update


Weekly Crude Oil Market Update The Trend Continues This past week crude oil saw more downward pressure and a continuation of the trend after bouncing from the lows. Crude started to try and test the upper end of the charts late last week and looked like it might see more buyers take prices higher in the short term. The bounce ...

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Governor Dalrymple doesn’t entertain eliminating property taxes; doesn’t dismiss it either

property tax

Dalrymple says eliminating property taxes not an option – for now – ‘but anything is possible’ By: Mike Nowatzki, Forum News Service, INFORUM   BISMARCK – Gov. Jack Dalrymple said Tuesday that his new Task Force on Property Tax Reform will identify “meaningful, long-term savings” for taxpayers, while stressing to The Forum’s editorial board that he doesn’t see wiping out property ...

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Gov. Jack Dalrymple has strong faith in property tax task force


BISMARCK – Gov. Jack Dalrymple said Tuesday that his new Task Force on Property Tax Reform will identify “meaningful, long-term savings” for taxpayers, while a top Democratic lawmaker said the problem hasn’t been a lack of good ideas but rather the Republican-controlled Legislature’s lack of openness to them. With several of the task force’s 14 members standing behind him at ...

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North Dakota Department of Health oversees NW oil spill


ND Health Department monitors spill near McGregor By: Forum News Service, INFORUM   McGREGOR, N.D. – The North Dakota Department of Health is monitoring a 200-barrel spill that occurred at an oil well about 4 miles southeast of here. The spill released flowback water, which is a combination of produced water and fluid used for hydraulic fracturing. The initial report indicates ...

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North Dakota oil spill website to launch


An oil derrick outside of Willisburg, N.D. (AP file photo/Gregory Bull) BISMARCK, N.D.—It took nearly two weeks for North Dakota officials to tell the public about an autumn pipeline rupture that caused more than 20,000 barrels of crude to ooze across a northwestern wheat field. In response to extensive media coverage and criticism from environmental groups, the North Dakota Health ...

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