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The Rough Waters of Western North Dakota

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The first in a 5-part series on the controversial water industry of western North Dakota. Reprinted with permission.  The state of North Dakota is now experiencing a serious crossroads situation regarding the Western Area Water Supply Authority (WAWSA) and its future path.  Uncertainty is nothing new to WAWSA and its project as controversy, a questionable business plan and forceful government ...

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Trump election shows promise for oil and gas industry

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The U.S. oil and gas industry shows tentative hope that a new Trump administration will “re-ignite growth in the sector,” according to a Forbes article Friday. Frank Murphy, managing director of RW Baird, said: The 45th president will likely remove regulatory impediments imposed by the Obama administration that have stymied oil and gas drilling and infrastructure buildout. Forbes reported Murphy ...

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Top 5 stories of the week July 23 – 30

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It’s warm. It’s humid. The northern plains and the Midwest have had their fair share of storms the past couple of weeks. But it hasn’t stopped the energy news from rolling in. While it’s been fairly quite on the home front, politicians and policy makers have made headlines. With Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton wrestling to see who comes out ...

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Gov. Dalrymple: North Dakota oil industry ‘solid’

North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple plans to meet with EPA officials to discuss CO2 emissions. The EPA Clean Power Plan has been met with resistance and is considered unnecessary federal overreach.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple says the state’s unprecedented oil boom is far from going bust. Dalrymple told an audience of several hundred at the Williston Basin Petroleum Conference and Expo in Bismarck that the oil industry is “as solid as solid can be.” State Mineral Resources Director Lynn Helms says there are about 11,000 Bakken wells ...

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Crews excavating North Dakota land after large spill

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Crews in North Dakota excavated pastureland after more than 120,000 gallons of oil and drilling wastewater overflowed from a tank, the state Health Department said Friday. The spill happened Wednesday morning near Marmarth in southwestern North Dakota at a site operated by Plano, Texas-based Denbury Onshore LLC, according to Bill Suess, an environmental scientist who heads ...

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North Dakota housing fund threatened with drilling downturn

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A state income tax credit that helped subsidize construction of thousands of living spaces largely in western North Dakota’s oil patch has outlived lived its usefulness with the downturn in drilling and a prolonged slump in crude prices, the chairmen of the Senate and House taxation committees say. “Without a doubt, we need to re-evaluate this,” ...

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Average gasoline price could break $2 threshold

Average gasoline price could break $2 threshold

The national average price for a gallon of gasoline may rise above $2 soon. A gallon of gas averaged $1.99 in the United States late Monday afternoon, according to GasBuddy.com. The average price has risen 5 cents in the past week. The average price for a gallon of gas in Houston was $1.84 on Monday afternoon, up 6 cents from ...

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Eagle Ford, Bakken production continues to drop

Eagle Ford, Bakken production continues to drop

Two of the nation’s most-prolific shale plays continue to see production numbers drop slightly. The Eagle Ford Shale and Bakken formation produced less oil in January than in December, according to analytics and consulting group Platts Bentek. In fact, oil production from both Eagle Ford and Bakken formations reached their lowest levels since Platts Bentek started tracking them in October ...

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Crude oil train numbers declined last year

Crude oil train numbers declined last year

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Freight railroads delivered 17 percent fewer carloads of crude oil last year after oil prices collapsed. The Association of American Railroads said Wednesday 410,249 carloads of crude oil were carried across the United States last year, down from 493,126 carloads in 2014. But the number of crude oil carloads remains well above the 9,500 carloads railroads ...

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