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North Dakota coal production increases 4 percent in 2014

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota is known for its booming oil fields, but coal mining in the state also is a healthy industry. The state’s four lignite mines sold nearly 29 million tons of coal last year, up nearly 4 percent from 2013, according to the Lignite Energy Council, a trade group representing coal producers, electric utilities, and businesses that ...

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ND congressional delegation: Keystone veto is disappointing

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota’s congressional delegation is criticizing President Barack Obama’s veto of a bill to approve construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline. Chief sponsor Republican Sen. John Hoeven says the veto is not surprising but is unfortunate because it contradicts the “will of the American people.” The pipeline proposed by TransCanada Corp. would transport Canadian oil through ...

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ND Gov. Dalrymple signs $1.1B ‘surge funding’ bill

BISMARCK, N.D. — Gov. Jack Dalrymple signed a “great legislative accomplishment” Tuesday that will fast-track $1.1 billion for highways and communities affected by North Dakota’s exploding growth. The record one-time spending bill was rushed through the House and Senate so infrastructure projects begin by summer. The bulk of the money will be spent in in western North Dakota’s oil-producing region, ...

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Canadian Pacific Railway eliminates grain car backlog

MINOT, N.D. — Canadian Pacific Railway says it has reduced a backlog of grain car orders, but BNSF Railway says it still has some late deliveries. Grain elevators in North Dakota for months have struggled to get the rail cars they need to move harvested crops to market, due to delays caused by increased shipments of oil and other products. ...

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ONEOK reports increased profits, decreased spending

Oklahoma-based energy company ONEOK Partners reports that its fourth quarter net income was up year-on-year, but the weak global market climate has caused a cut in planned spending, according to United Press International. During the last half of 2014, the company had planned to add natural gas infrastructure to its operations in North Dakota’s Bakken formation. Currently, the majority of ...

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Senate rejects Bakken flaring bill

Last Thursday North Dakota senators shot down a measure that aimed to further restrict and reduce flaring activity, according to a report by the Forum News Service. Senate Bill 2287 failed with 35 votes against and 11 in favor. The bill would have cut the amount of time a well is allowed to flare from one year to 90 days. ...

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Looking to gain crude, sand markets, CP expanding rail in Houston County

LA CRESCENT, Minn. — When construction equipment appeared next to the Canadian Pacific railroad tracks at Miller’s Crossing in January, sand mining opponents pounced. Two citizen groups, Citizens Acting for Rail Safety and the Houston County Protectors issued a news release claiming the railroad was constructing a siding that would lay the groundwork for an industrial loading facility and pave ...

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