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New year brings changes in North Dakota oilfield waste rules

This handout photo from the Three Affiliated Tribes shows radioactive filters illegally dumped on the Fort Berthold reservation.

BISMARCK, N.D. — The new year comes with a new rule in North Dakota that allows elevated levels of oilfield radioactive waste to be disposed of at some landfills, a move regulators and industry officials believe will help curb illegal dumping. Environmental groups aren’t convinced and have threatened lawsuits over the new rule that takes effect Friday, saying the public ...

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Panel scales back new oil rules for North Dakota reservation

BISMARCK, N.D. — Tribal leaders from a prolific portion of North Dakota’s oil-rich Fort Berthold Reservation are scaling back proposed drilling regulations that industry officials warned could slow crude production. Leaders of a section of the reservation that produces the most oil recently formed the West Segment Regulatory Commission, based in Mandaree, to impose its own regulations on oil drilling ...

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ND oil and gas leaders: Lift the outdated export ban

Lifting the decades old oil export ban remains a contentious issue. While those in opposition of the idea argue that it would cause wholesale and commercial fuel prices to increase, but those in favor stress that ending the ban would create numerous economic opportunities. Earlier this week industry leaders and regulators testified during a U.S. House Committee on Agriculture hearing ...

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ND oil officials praise EPA water study

Officials representing the oil and gas industry in North Dakota are praising the results of the Environmental Protection Agency’s study which examined the potential effects hydraulic fracturing has on drinking water. The five-year study concluded that the hydraulic fracturing process has “no widespread, systemic impacts on drinking water.” As reported by KX News, North Dakota officials said the study proves ...

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North Dakota regulators order treatment of crude oil for safety

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North Dakota officials on Tuesday ordered the oil industry to reduce volatile gases in Bakken crude oil to make it safer to transport via oil trains. The order by the state Industrial Commission, a three-member board that includes the governor, requires oil companies to use equipment that removes light, potentially explosive hydrocarbons before shipping. It takes effect April 1. “This ...

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Goal in oil conditioning regs should be outcome not method

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The debate over oil stabilization can be a confusing one. It’s important to a lot of people because we’ve all read the headlines about, and seen the pictures of, explosive train derailments. But the information we get about the issue is often conflicting (and very often driven by politics, I’m afraid). Currently the North Dakota Industrial Commission is considering a ...

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Crude conditioning hearing offers conflicting views on rail safety

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Lydia Gilbertson | Shale Plays Media Google+ A public hearing concerning the practice of conditioning Bakken crude before transporting it via rail was held yesterday in Bismarck. The North Dakota Industrial Commission among other officials listened to numerous oil execs, representatives from the Dakota Resource Council and independent environmentalist groups on how they think the area should be handling its ...

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Live webcast of Bakken crude hearing today

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Lydia Gilbertson | Shale Plays Media Google+ North Dakota congressman Kevin Cramer recently announced that there would be a hearing in Washington D.C to discuss the properties of Bakken crude. The controversial topic is up for debate again because the state’s government is discussing passing a mandate that would require oil companies to process their crude to a certain extent before ...

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