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Top 5 Bakken news stories this week

Lydia Gilbertson | Shale Plays Media Google+ The last week of July, 2014 in the Bakken oilfields has seen a lot of positive political movement. There were 2 more saltwater spills, and both have been contained.  It was announced that production jumped 33% in June and will only continue to rise.  Well count in the shale is at 182 running ...

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Ex-fiancee defends man camp murder suspect

man camp

 Sarah Volpenhein | The Grand Forks Herald The ex-fiancee of Ryan Neil Anderson took the stand Wednesday in his murder trial in Grand Forks, with the prosecution scrutinizing her side of the story. The Iron River, Mich., man is accused of stabbing his friend Christopher King, also of Iron River, to death more than a year ago at a man camp ...

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Colorado man aiming to end natural gas flaring

Zach Koppang | Shale Plays Media A career in the aerospace industry with vision aimed toward interplanetary travel has resulted in the development of a mobile oil and gas separator capable of ending the ongoing issue of setting fire to the natural gas associated with the hydraulic fracturing process. The Denver Business Journal recently featured Robert Zubrin, founder of Pioneer ...

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ND flares dimming

Bakken Oil Well Flare

Lydia Gilbertson | Shale Plays Media Google+ North Dakota recently implemented a new flaring mandate that requires a certain amount of flared gas be captured in order to reduce the state’s methane emissions and wasted natural gas.  The state hopes to have reduced the flaring rate from 28 percent in the first quarter of 2014 to 26 percent this October. A recent ...

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Safety and the Bakken


Lydia Gilbertson | Shale Plays Media Working on an oil rig is considered one of the most dangerous jobs in the country. The oil and gas industry is taking measures to address the hazardous nature of their field. Journalist Maxine Herr recently did an in-depth report for the Bismarck Tribune that explores the role that safety plays within the industry for ...

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Montana man convicted of construction fraud in Bakken


Lydia Gilbertson | Shale Plays Media Project Safe Bakken prosecuted a man, 41-year old Jonathon Lee Oliver of Missoula, MT, with construction fraud this week. He has been convicted of money laundering and construction fraud. He ran a steel building construction business that rarely produced results. Oliver instead used the funds allocated by the companies to buy personal items. Records ...

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U.S. DOT cracks down on ‘oil trains’

Jerry Zremski | Buffalo News (Buffalo, N.Y.) WASHINGTON — The Obama administration today proposed phasing out the outdated and explosion-prone rail tank cars that carry volatile crude oil through Western New York as many as 35 times a week. Under a proposed rule issued by the U.S. Department of Transportation, those DOT-111 tank cars would be barred from shipping most crude ...

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Truck routes being considered


Lydia Gilbertson | Shale Plays Media Google+ The Dickinson Press reported today that the City Commission is en route to designating a separate path for trucks in the city.  A decision is expected to be reached at an August 18th meeting.  The routes being considered include: I-94 business loops, 30th Ave West, Interstate 94, State Ave South, Eighth Street Southwest, ...

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Northern Industrial Training offers comprehensive Bakken training opportunities

The North Dakota oil field work force is benefiting from three generations of Alaskan oil field experience. Northern Industrial Training of Palmer, Alaska is training oil field workers in Dickinson, North Dakota. The company specializes in truck driver training, safety training, welding and construction skills. The birth and growth of NIT in the last year fits a niche for oil ...

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Is the North Dakota government controlled by oil and gas?


Lydia Gilbertson | Shale Plays Media Pulitzer Prize winning web publication, InsideClimate News, posted an expose by Nicholas Kusnetz examining the correlations between the oil industry and North Dakota’s government. The report thoroughly examines the effect the oil boom has had not only on the state’s infrastructure but its government officials and colleges. Put another way, the state’s modern history ...

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