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North Dakota tax revenues fall $215M short of projections

Inside the North Dakota State Capitol, the House Of Representatives. (Image: Timothy Vogel via Flickr)

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota continues to see less-than-expected tax collections due to declining oil drilling activity. Office of Management and Budget Director Pam Sharp says overall tax revenues through December are about $215 million less than projected. Most of the drop comes from weakened sales tax revenue, which provides the biggest share of the budget for North Dakota government. ...

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North Dakota to make decision on Dakota Access Pipeline

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota regulators are slated to consider the approval of the biggest-capacity pipeline proposed to date to move crude from the state’s oil patch. The North Dakota Public Service Commission is slated to decide the permit for the Dakota Access Pipeline on Wednesday. Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners wants to build the $3.8 billion, 1,130-mile pipeline to move ...

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North Dakota oil output rises slightly in November

Looking northwest at the Bernice 1 and 2 wells and oil storage tanks on the Evanson family farm in McKenzie County, North Dakota, east of Arnegard and west of Watford City. (Image: Tim Evanson via Flickr)

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota’s Department of Mineral Resources says the state’s oil production increased by about 5,200 barrels a day in November, while natural gas production rose to a record level. The agency says the state produced an average of 1.17 million barrels of oil daily in November. The November production was about 51,200 barrels per day less than ...

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Fewer Bakken rigs, fewer oil worker deaths

Oil worker deaths in the Bakken were down in 2015, but officials can’t say why just yet, reports The Bismarck Tribune. According to data collected from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, there were three oil and gas-related worker deaths in 2015 compared to the seven in 2014 and 10 the year before that. Eric Brooks, director of OSHA’s Bismarck ...

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Heroin overdoses in Williston spike, 1 dead

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Investigators are looking into a series of heroin-related overdoses that occurred in Williston over the course of six days, reports the Forum News Service. One man is dead and eight others were treated for opioid overdoses. On Saturday between 1 and 9 p.m. first responders were dispatched to five different locations where they found four men, aged 28 to 31, ...

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North Dakota pipeline regulator removes self from decision, cites conflict

BISMARCK, N.D. — A North Dakota regulator removed himself Monday from the permitting process for an oil pipeline because his mother-in-law is negotiating an easement with the project’s builder. “I just want to be open and transparent about things,” said Randy Christmann, one of three members of the North Dakota Public Service Commission. For nearly a year, the all-Republican, three-member panel has ...

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