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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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Federal drug czar touring ND, Montana Oil Patch

Gil Kerlikowske

FARGO — Of all the warning bells sounded by law enforcement officials in North Dakota and Montana about crime associated with the Bakken Oil Patch’s rapid population growth, the one that seems to ring true involves drug trafficking. Michael Cotter, U.S. attorney from Montana, cites an April 2012 meeting he sponsored that was attended by about 150 law enforcement officials, ...

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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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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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