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3-day North Dakota oil expo, conference begins in Bismarck

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Organizers expect about 2,800 people to attend a three-day event in Bismarck highlighting the state’s oil patch. The Williston Basin Petroleum Conference and Expo starts Tuesday at the Bismarck Civic Center. The North Dakota Petroleum Council says people come from about 40 states and a few foreign countries. The event brings together engineers, geologists, investors, CEOs ...

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Williston Basin oil expo comes amid trouble times for industry

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota’s oil expo and conference kicks off at a troubled time for the industry, with depressed prices and a drop in drilling activity that has hurt both oil companies and oil-producing states like this one. The three-day Williston Basin Petroleum Conference and Expo starts Tuesday in Bismarck with a theme of “Bakken Forward,” featuring seminars ...

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Crews excavating North Dakota land after large spill

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Crews in North Dakota excavated pastureland after more than 120,000 gallons of oil and drilling wastewater overflowed from a tank, the state Health Department said Friday. The spill happened Wednesday morning near Marmarth in southwestern North Dakota at a site operated by Plano, Texas-based Denbury Onshore LLC, according to Bill Suess, an environmental scientist who heads ...

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North Dakota housing fund threatened with drilling downturn

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A state income tax credit that helped subsidize construction of thousands of living spaces largely in western North Dakota’s oil patch has outlived lived its usefulness with the downturn in drilling and a prolonged slump in crude prices, the chairmen of the Senate and House taxation committees say. “Without a doubt, we need to re-evaluate this,” ...

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North Dakota education thrives despite oil bust

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During the oil boom, state departments thrived off increased tax money and schools received more than enough funding. However, during the economic downturn, states that depended too heavily on oil taxes, such as Oklahoma, struggle to fund their education systems. Meanwhile, North Dakota students will see little to no change in their classrooms thanks to the high taxes paid by ...

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Study: Bakken oil field leaks 275,000 tons of methane yearly

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A new study says the oil-producing region of North Dakota and Montana leaks 275,000 tons of methane annually, an amount that’s less than previously reported. Researchers say it’s the first field study of methane emissions from the Bakken shale formation. Methane is a greenhouse gas that contributes to global warming. It’s the primary component of natural ...

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Gov. Jack Dalrymple to issue budget directive; agencies brace for cuts

In this file photo dated May 15, 2014, Gov. Jack Dalrymple speaks of the importance of the Watford City Bypass at the Groundbreaking for the Watford City SE Bypass. Director Grant Levi is in the background.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Gov. Jack Dalrymple is scheduled to issue his budget guidelines, and agency heads are bracing for potential reductions. Dalrymple is slated to address agency directors on Wednesday at the state Capitol. North Dakota Budget Director Pam Sharp says she expects the governor to ask state agencies to identify potential reductions when drafting spending plans for the ...

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Hurdles exist using CO2 to boost oil output in North Dakota

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A Houston research firm says significant barriers exist in using carbon dioxide to enhance oil recovery in North Dakota. But HIS Inc. geologist Curtis Smith told the North Dakota Legislature’s interim Taxation Committee on Wednesday that the “long-term prize” for the state could be billions of extra barrels of oil. The interim legislative committee is considering ...

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Republican Senate effort again fails to block water rule

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats have again blocked a Republican proposal that would have forced the Obama administration to withdraw a federal rule to protect small streams and wetlands from development and pollution. An amendment sponsored by North Dakota Sen. John Hoeven did not get the 60 votes needed to stop the provocative rule. Thursday’s vote was the latest effort by Republicans ...

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