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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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Making it Rain: Water Technology in the Bakken

Fracking Water in the Bakken

Technology innovations have led to an explosion of oil and gas production in the Bakken shale and across the United States. The combination of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing are making previously unattainable petroleum reserves accessible and economical. Yet as one natural resource proliferates, another begins to feel the strain. Oil and gas production, in particular hydraulic fracturing, uses large ...

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Oil production up sharply in North Dakota

Oil Workers Bakken North Dakota

Bismark Tribune Oil production began to increase at a sharper pace in May, and production is expected to increase further during the summer months, according to North Dakota’s top industry regulator. Preliminary numbers for May put North Dakota oil production at more than 810,000 barrels per day. It was an increase over the nearly 794,000 barrels per day in April. ...

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State Dept. approves ND-to-Alberta gas pipeline

Bakken Natural Gas Pipeline

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The U.S. State Department has approved construction of the North Dakota portion of a gas pipeline from Tioga into the Canadian province of Alberta, Sen. John Hoeven said Tuesday. The proposed $300 million, 430-mile Vantage Pipeline is slated to supply ethane from North Dakota’s oil patch for Alberta’s petrochemical industry beginning later this year, the Republican ...

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Bakken Price Weakens After North Dakota Production Hits New High

Bakken Oil Boom

Bakken crude on the spot market weakened against West Texas Intermediate as North Dakota regulators said production from the state’s portion of the field increased to a new high in May. North Dakota’s Bakken field produced 745,399 barrels of crude a day, according to preliminary data from the state’s Industrial Commission. That’s up 2.4 percent from April and 29 percent ...

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SD woman begins filming ND oil boom movie

Charlie Buhler Aegis Film

MITCHELL, S.D. — Charlie Buhler has returned to Mitchell for the next step in her film-making career. Buhler, a 25-year-old Mitchell native, is directing a short film, “Aegis,” a movie with strong themes of protection. The movie is about a young woman named Charlene, working as a stripper while on the run among the oil fields of North Dakota.“There’s a ...

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Low energy prices giving ND manufacturers competitive edge

Bakken Natural Gas

BISMARCK, N.D._ On a national scale, cheap natural gas retrieved through fracking is being credited with helping to resurrect the manufacturing industry. On the state level, affordable energy means lower overhead costs for North Dakota manufacturers. Meanwhile, the state is looking for other benefits it could provide. Many manufacturers in the state use natural gas to heat large buildings. Others, ...

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Flush With Oil and Gas Cash, North Dakota’s Growth Tops in Nation

North Dakota’s economy wasn’t much to behold a decade ago. But that’s changed dramatically thanks to surging oil and gas production on its Bakken shale. North Dakota’s per person gross domestic product increased nearly 11 percent from 2011 to 2012 — tops in the nation for the second straight year, and three times larger than runners-up Texas and West Virginia. ...

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Giving the Bakken a dose of Synergy

Bakken Oil Fields

As a Montana native, Laura McRae noticed a few years ago that the Bakken energy play was a unique happening. Both with business backgrounds, Laura and her husband, Kendall McRae, also spotted another Bakken trait: A lack of communication between many of the different interests involved with the play. In the fast paced world of a large-scale energy boom, Laura ...

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