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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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ND oil spurs $4.1-B outlay for railroad

JIM GEHRZ / MCT ARCHIVES Enlarge Image   Excess gas is burned off at well sites east of Williston, N.D. BNSF is crucial in the Bakken oil boom. MINOT, N.D. — To bolster its ability to haul freight, including crude oil, Fort Worth, Texas-based BNSF Railway Co. plans to spend $4.1 billion on capital improvements in 2013, a single-year record ...

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McLean County Commission rejects oil industry landfill

Great River Energy

Dickinson Press WASHBURN — McLean County commissioners on Tuesday rejected a plan to accept oil industry waste into a landfill previously used for coal ash.Great River Energy, which operates the Coal Creek Station power plant, had requested a permit to upgrade the landfill to accept waste produced during the drilling process. The permit would have allowed Great River Energy to ...

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Cleanup of 2006 ND saltwater spill still ongoing

Broken Underground Pipe

Minot Daily News BISMARCK (AP) – It’s been called the worst environmental disaster in state history: A broken pipeline belched more than a million gallons of saltwater into a northwestern North Dakota creek, aquifer and pond. Yet nearly eight years later, cleanup efforts are ongoing – with no end in sight, state health officials say. The ruptured pipeline allowed briny ...

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