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Faces of the Boom: Blessed in the Bakken

The Bakken Boom

SIDNEY, Mont. – Patty Kneeland feels so blessed to be an oilfield wife, she wears a reminder around her neck. Kneeland and her husband, Bruce, moved to the Bakken region of eastern Montana two years ago after they closed a bar and restaurant they operated in the opposite side of the state for 10 years. The seasonal business in the ...

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Minnesota approves pipeline change over protests

Enbridge Energy Pipeline

ST. PAUL, Minn. — A Minnesota state commission provided a key approval Wednesday to a northern Minnesota oil pipeline expansion as chants of “shame on you” rang out in the downtown St. Paul meeting room. “We are the people you represent,” one of more than 100 protesters shouted as all five Public Utilities Commission members approved increasing the pipeline’s capacity ...

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Western States Lead In Job Creation

Western States Lead Job Growth

By Eric Morath Looking for a job? Head west. Of the 10 states with the fastest employment growth over the past year, nine are west of the Mississippi. Payrolls in Idaho grew 3% in June compared to a year earlier, the strongest gain of any state, the Labor Department said Thursday. Following the “famous potatoes” state are Texas, Colorado and ...

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ND ethane will flow north

Ethane Pipeline

Approval of the U.S.-Canadian Vantage pipeline, which connects a gas plant near Tioga with petrochemical industries in the Canadian province of Alberta, heralds good news on multiple fronts. Like the much-delayed Keystone XL pipeline, the Vantage crosses the U.S.-Canadian border and, therefore, needed U.S. State Department approval. If Vantage got approval, and it did after just three years, it gives ...

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CN Railway profit rises as crude oil shipments increase

Canadian National Rail Trains

Mon Jul 22, 2013 6:52pm EDT By Scott Haggett and Solarina Ho July 22 (Reuters) – Canadian National Railway, Canada’s largest railroad, said on Monday it expects the boom in crude-by-rail shipments to continue, despite the Lac-Megantic tragedy earlier this month and as narrowing spreads between benchmark world oil prices raise questions about the economics of rail transport. The company ...

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North Dakota Housing Boom will continue

Bakken Housing Being Built Near Watford City

Jamestown Sun Certainly it’s not a surprise that North Dakota leads the nation in housing development, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. But the numbers are quite staggering, considering that eight North Dakota counties rank among the top 100 in the country in the percentage of new housing units.Williams County ranks first in the country, with a 13.9 percent increase ...

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Oil, natural gas production sets new record

The Bakken in North Dakota

Oil, natural gas production sets new record Posted 6/19/13 (Wed)  By Kate Ruggles McKenzie County Farmer In spite of a late spring with snow and unseasonably cold temperatures that put drilling and fracking work on hold in North Dakota’s oil patch, the North Dakota Industrial Commission says that April was another record-setting month for oil and natural gas production in ...

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