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Transport by rail vital to North Dakota oil


BISMARCK, N.D., Nov. 18 (UPI) – North Dakota Industrial Commission Director Lynn Helms said delivery of crude oil from the state should be “adequate” as long as rail deliveries continue.“Crude oil take away capacity is expected to be adequate as long as rail deliveries to coastal refineries keep growing,” he said in his so-called director’s cut, published Friday. Pipelines aren’t ...

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Funding growth is a source of contention for North Dakota legislators

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Funding growth is a source of contention for North Dakota legislators   Constitutional changes are needed if North Dakota is to release its storehouse of savings to benefit schools and oil-impacted areas, Minot legislators said Friday. Several legislators attended a Minot Area Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee meeting Friday, where Sen. David Hogue and Rep. Dan Ruby, both R-Minot, ...

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North Dakota has a need for more doctors


In 1948, the people of North Dakota voted to levy a one mill statewide property tax to help fund the UND Medical Center. They did it because they wanted doctors. Even though the levy was no longer necessary, they voted against repealing it in the 1980 primary election. They wanted more doctors. In November, 1982, they again voted against repealing ...

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Bakken Crude Update


Congestion at these prices This week crude prices have stayed under pressure but haven’t gone anywhere very fast. We seem to be seeing sellers still in control but the oversold nature of the market is keeping new major lows still something to look forward to. This week we have seen new lows but we haven’t been able to close the ...

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Green energy found in politically “red” states

Wind energy is supplying up to 60 percent of electricity demand on record-setting days in some states. The rap against renewable energy is that it doesn’t provide what energy wonks call “baseload” power around the clock. While a fossil fuel power plant will keep cranking out kilowatts 24/7 as long as you keep shoveling in coal or piping natural gas, ...

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Oil patch receives more than $12M for community services

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BISMARCK, N.D.  –  More than $12 million in grants was awarded to fire districts and for emergency services Wednesday to address growing pressure on first responders in the oil patch. The five-member North Dakota Board of University and School Lands unanimously approved the money from the Oil and Gas Impact Grant Fund for fire and EMS operations. State Land Commissioner ...

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ND PSC approves $350 million dollar wind farm in Stutsman County

$350M wind farm approved in Stutsman County By: Mike Nowatzki, Forum News Service, INFORUM   BISMARCK – The North Dakota Public Service Commission on Wednesday approved a $350 million wind farm in Stutsman County after the project’s developer made changes to accommodate an aerial spraying business. The Courtenay Wind Farm will encompass 21,000 acres with 100 wind turbines generating a total ...

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WASTE: What natural gas lawsuit states

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AUSTIN, Texas, Nov. 13 (UPI) – An attorney for landowners in North Dakota said a lawsuit against energy companies in the state could force them to stop wasting gas tied to oil production.Britton Monts of Austin, Texas, said the suit against companies that burn off some of the natural gas associated with oil production because there isn’t enough pipeline infrastructure ...

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