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9 empty oil tank cars derail in North Dakota

9 empty oil tank cars derail in North Dakota By: Associated Press, INFORUM   BISMARCK – BNSF Railway says nine empty oil tanker cars derailed after a train was hit by a pickup truck just outside of western North Dakota’s Oil Patch. BNSF spokeswoman Amy McBeth says the derailment occurred about 6:45 a.m. Sunday, about 60 miles southeast of Minot. McBeth ...

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Land Price Bubble Popping?

land bubble set to pop

From Texas to North Dakota, land is selling for thousands of dollars an acre across the United States. In fact, even many experts haven’t seen prices this high. Ag Reporter Sarah Gustin has more on if this land price bubble is about to burst. (Vince Bitz / Bitz Realty) “They are record highs right now.” Vince Bitz has been selling ...

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Will natural gas eventually come from sea ice?

gas from sea ice

WASHINGTON — Buried beneath the world’s oceans and the Arctic permafrost lies a global energy source that many think might dwarf today’s fracking revolution: huge reservoirs of natural gas trapped in ice crystals. They’re called methane hydrates and are sometimes known as “flammable ice.” If tapping methane hydrates ever becomes feasible, it once again would change the geopolitical map of ...

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Minn., others push broadband internet to rural areas

Minn., others push broadband Internet to rural areas The high-speed Internet capability that’s an afterthought in big cities and regional centers is spreading ever deeper into the nation’s countryside, nudged along by billions in federal stimulus dollars and state efforts to expand a key amenity for both quality of life and business competitiveness. By: Brian Bakst, Associated Press BOYD, Minn. – ...

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Indoor RV park provides shelter from ND winter

winter road

Indoor RV park provides shelter from ND winter By: Amy Dalrymple, Forum News Service WATFORD CITY, N.D. – When a group of Minnesota partners announced they were planning an indoor RV park to house North Dakota oilfield workers, the idea prompted mixed reactions. “So many people thought we were crazy,” said Louis Bonneville of Carlton, Minn., one of the park’s owners. ...

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Giving thanks for our adopted oil workers


Things felt a bit strange in Minot, North Dakota, the week of Thanksgiving.   Living on the edge of the Bakken oil fields, in the largest “oil patch city” in North Dakota, my family and I have become used to a more frantic pace of life. Our sleepy little town, large only by North Dakota standards, which might have required ...

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Natural gas prices reviving industry

natural gas

The nation’s shale gas revolution is often touted as the quickest route to oil independence for the country. But natural gas, pumped from shale plays that include the Eagle Ford in South Texas, also is spurring billion-dollar investments in the petrochemical industry, including big-dollar spending to make methanol. While not a household word, methanol nevertheless is almost everywhere. It’s used ...

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Million-barrel miles going untapped

bakken oil

Million-barrel miles are stranded in the oil patch, but companies and state regulators are coming up with a new drilling plan to get those barrels out of the ground. The stranded oil is underneath section lines, historic easements that border every mile-square of land so that farmers, sportsmen and others can travel about the countryside. These section lines are sacred ...

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