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State audit critical of North Dakota’s Land Department

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — An audit of North Dakota’s Land Department has found scores of discrepancies with the agency’s practices, including ethical violations that included employees getting free meals and booze from contractors who manage state assets. The review, conducted by the state auditor’s office, criticized the agency for a “lack of an organizational culture of accountability” and found that ...

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Montana to create rail safety plan after critical audit

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana’s Public Service Commission hopes to come up with a rail safety plan within six months after a report criticized the agency for having never written one, even as the train traffic carrying volatile crude from the Bakken oil patch has increased. The commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to complete a risk assessment and safety plan by ...

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Senate approves wide-ranging energy bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate approved a wide-ranging energy bill Wednesday that would promote a variety of energy sources and speed federal approval of projects to export liquefied natural gas to Europe and Asia. Senators backed the measure, 85 to 12, the first ambitious energy bill approved by the Senate in nearly a decade. The bill would boost renewables such ...

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States seek ways to regulate steep air ambulance costs

States seek ways to regulate steep air ambulance costs

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The first time Jason Ebert needed an air ambulance, it saved his life. The second time, it nearly broke the bank. Both times, Montana doctors ordered Ebert flown 150 miles from Bozeman to Billings for treatment. But while insurance covered the first flight, the hospital called a for-profit service the second time, and Ebert got stuck ...

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Hearing set on proposed $20 million Watford City pipeline

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WATFORD CITY, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota regulators are holding a public hearing in Watford City on a proposed oil pipeline in McKenzie County. The North Dakota Public Service Commission says Sacagawea Pipeline Co. is seeking a permit for a 15-mile-long, 16-inch-diameter crude pipeline and associated facilities. The $20 million Johnson’s Corner Connector Pipeline would have a capacity of 100,000 ...

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Equipment rental offers economic benefits in low price environment

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Oilfield operators are struggling to operate efficiently in today’s challenging environment. To avoid large capital expenditures and maintenance costs, more and more operators are shifting from buying equipment to equipment rental. Renting equipment provides customers with certainty because the costs to rent are predictable, and the rental company handles the maintenance, repair and delivery, which are variable expenses that can ...

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