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County wants more details on Bakken oil refinery proposed near park

Pictured here is the Oxbow Overlook in the North Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota. If approved, a proposed refinery would be located only three miles from the park. (Image: NPCA Photos via Flickr)

MEDORA, N.D. (AP) — Billings County leaders want more information before deciding whether to approve a proposed Bakken oil refinery about 3 miles from Theodore Roosevelt National Park in western North Dakota. The county’s planning and zoning board last month recommended approval of the $850 million plant, but the County Commission on Tuesday delayed taking action. Houston-based Meridian Energy Group ...

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Donald Trump to speak at North Dakota oil expo in Bismarck

Donald Trump, Republican nominee

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump has been tabbed as the keynote speaker for the Williston Basin Petroleum Conference that will be held later this month in Bismarck, an oil industry group said Wednesday. The Williston Basin Petroleum Conference is scheduled for May 24-26 at the Bismarck Civic Center. North DakotaPetroleum Council President Ron Ness said Trump is ...

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Residents evacuated as fires threaten Canadian oil sands town

Canada oil sands, fire

FORT MCMURRAY, Alberta (AP) — A raging wildfire emptied Canada’s main oil sands city, destroying entire neighborhoods of Fort McMurray, Alberta, where officials warned Wednesday that all efforts to suppress the fire have failed. About 88,000 residents successfully evacuated as flames moved into the city surrounded by wilderness in the heart of Canada’s oil sands. No injuries have been reported. ...

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Gov. Jack Dalrymple to issue budget directive; agencies brace for cuts

In this file photo dated May 15, 2014, Gov. Jack Dalrymple speaks of the importance of the Watford City Bypass at the Groundbreaking for the Watford City SE Bypass. Director Grant Levi is in the background.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Gov. Jack Dalrymple is scheduled to issue his budget guidelines, and agency heads are bracing for potential reductions. Dalrymple is slated to address agency directors on Wednesday at the state Capitol. North Dakota Budget Director Pam Sharp says she expects the governor to ask state agencies to identify potential reductions when drafting spending plans for the ...

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EPA says Montana city now meeting air pollution standards

EPA says Montana city now meeting air pollution standards

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is reversing a 2013 finding that Montana’s largest city was out of compliance with air pollution standards, saying that the closure of a coal-burning power plant has eased the problem. The EPA said the closure has reduced emissions of sulfur dioxide to levels low enough to protect public health as required ...

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Sourcewater CEO Josh Adler shares insights on water management, entrepreneurship

Sourcewater CEO and entrepreneur Josh Adler

Over a year into the oil price collapse, the upstream energy sector is struggling to survive the economic shock with layoffs, stacked rigs, and new attention to cost-saving innovations in operations and the supply chain.  Responding to the industry need for cost reductions, Sourcewater founder Josh Adler created an Internet platform to reduce the largest expense in today’s oil and ...

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