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Watford City Mayor Brent Sanford balances governor’s ticket

Doug Burgum, Brent Sanford, North Dakota, governor, election

Brent Sanford knows and understands the issues that surround western North Dakota. Born and raised in Watford City, Sanford was elected mayor in 2010. Thanks to the Bakken oil boom, the city’s population jumped from about 2,000 to 12,000 during his tenure. The rapid increase in residents brought many challenges. Transport facilities were outdated. Water management needed to be upgraded. ...

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Energy bill prospects dim in dispute over drilling, drought

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional efforts to approve the first major energy bill in nearly a decade are in jeopardy amid a partisan dispute over oil drilling, water for drought-stricken California and potential rollback of protections for the gray wolf and other wildlife. A bipartisan bill approved by the Senate in April would boost oil and natural gas production while encouraging renewable ...

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Iowa board votes to allow pipeline work to begin in state

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Texas company may begin construction on an oil pipeline in areas for which the company has approval but are not under federal jurisdiction, the Iowa Utilities Board said Monday despite opposition from environmental and citizen action organizations and landowners who are suing to stop the project. The three-member board voted 2-1 to approve an ...

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Critics: River route no place for oil trains after crash

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A fiery oil train derailment in Oregon’s scenic Columbia River Gorge drew immediate reaction from environmentalists who said oil should not be transported by rail, particularly along a river that is a hub of recreation and commerce. At least eleven cars derailed Friday in the 96-car Union Pacific train and the company said several caught fire. ...

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A Microsoft star seeks to run North Dakota

Doug Burgum

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A decade ago, then-Microsoft executive Doug Burgum stood before a cheering crowd at a technology conference in Dallas and introduced his boss, company co-founder Bill Gates, by describing what makes entrepreneurs successful. “Innovators are people who go against the grain” by taking risks and chasing dreams, said Burgum, who’d become a tech star in his own ...

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Top Bakken news stories – May 28 – June 3

Catch up on the news you missed last week with our weekly recap. Below are the top five articles that our readers found most engaging. Enjoy! 5. Interest in solar power soaring while utility seeks rate cut GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — Interest in solar power is soaring in Montana because of the state’s sunny skies and profit potential. But NorthWestern Energy, ...

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Investment firm announces purchase of Colstrip operator

power plant, Talen Energy

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A partial owner of Talen Energy Corp., which is the operator and a co-owner of Montana’s Colstrip power plant, is seeking to buy the entire company for $1.8 billion. Talen spokesman Todd Martin said Friday the planned acquisition by the investment firm Riverstone Holdings LLC will mean no immediate changes for Colstrip, whose future was already ...

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US rig count sees first significant jump of 2016

rig count, Baker Hughes

HOUSTON (AP) — The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. rose by four this week to 408, the first rig count gain in months and halting a slide that pushed the count to record-low levels amid collapsed energy prices. A year ago, 868 rigs were active. Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. said ...

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