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Interior Secretary praises North Dakota anti-pollution efforts


During a trip to survey booming oil development in North Dakota, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said she saw evidence that energy companies are working aggressively to pare greenhouse gas emissions ahead of federal regulations. During her two-day visit to North Dakota, Jewell visited an oil rig working for Oklahoma City-based Continental Resources, a major operator in the Bakken and Three ...

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MPR: Minnesota community innovates Midwest energy


RED WING, Minn. — In the lunchroom of the Red Wing fire station, a couple firefighters kicked back on lounge chairs, watching The Andy Griffith Show on a small television mounted near the ceiling. On the roof, a six-month-old, 17-kilowatt solar array turned sunlight into electricity, some of which was powering the television. “You don’t notice the difference,” said Jim ...

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Energy industry warns that regulations will negatively impact US economy


The boom in American and natural gas is helping the U.S. economy and its contributions could substantially increase by the end of the decade, says a study released Wednesday by several major players in the fossil-fuel industry. But that boost, the report warns, comes with a caveat: Regulations on hydraulic fracturing could stifle those gains and push the industry’s economic ...

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Fracking regulations pit ND against DC

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North Dakota’s The Bakken shale, and how 1 picture tells the whole story. Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics. Though North Dakota has in times past had lower joblessness rates when compared to the remainder of the country, it barely felt a bump in the road with the start of the Great Recession. Not only have the number of jobs enhanced ...

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A Cause for Concern: Oil well blowouts

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WILLISTON, N.D. – Oil well blowouts are increasing in the Bakken, prompting regulators to take action. North Dakota has had 23 blowouts in the past year, according to the Department of Mineral Resources. “That’s up significantly,” said Lynn Helms, director of the department.A blowout may be an uncontrolled flow of oil, gas, saltwater or a mixture of these. “The fluids flowing out of ...

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Hess proving to be a big player in the Bakken


While it might only be the third-largest driller in North Dakota, Hess (NYSE: HES)  has drilled 18 of the 50 top producing wells in the Bakken region over the past two years. The company is focusing on three areas to drive its overall Bakken performance: well costs, productivity, and price realization. This should enable the company to deliver superior returns. Looking ...

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Natural Gas Waste, the Next Turn to Big Profit in ND

Natural Gas

By Lew Amicone NORTH DAKOTA’S NEXT ENERGY BOOM: NATURAL GAS As the economic situation hits hard times nationwide, several states cannot stay up to date with infrastructure, as tax profits remain stagnant. In the case of North Dakota, the state is experiencing a facilities shortage as a result of rapid industrial growth in the Bakken and not because of a ...

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