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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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North Dakota tax collections continue falling below forecast

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota continues to see bleaker-than-expected state tax revenue collections from declining oil activity in the state. Office of Management and Budget Director Pam Sharp says revenues for March totaled $98.8 million. That’s $13.8 million less than what had been projected. Tax collections already are down more than $20 million since a new revenue forecast was done ...

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Feds: No nuclear waste to be used in possible South Dakota test

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Organizers of a federal effort to assess whether nuclear waste can be stored in 3-mile-deep holes are trying to better explain their intentions to South Dakota residents after getting rebuffed in North Dakota over concerns that waste might eventually be stored there. Battelle, a nonprofit group hired to manage the U.S. Department of Energy project, is ...

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States seek ways to regulate steep air ambulance costs

States seek ways to regulate steep air ambulance costs

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The first time Jason Ebert needed an air ambulance, it saved his life. The second time, it nearly broke the bank. Both times, Montana doctors ordered Ebert flown 150 miles from Bozeman to Billings for treatment. But while insurance covered the first flight, the hospital called a for-profit service the second time, and Ebert got stuck ...

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Cruz says North Dakota could decide Republican convention

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FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Presidential hopeful Ted Cruz told attendees at the North Dakota Republican convention Saturday that their presidential delegates could decide the nomination. Convention-goers are scheduled Sunday to select 25 of their 28 delegates who will go to the national convention unbound to any of the presidential candidates. North Dakota does not have a primary or caucus. “It ...

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Regulators: More than 14,000 gallons of saltwater spill

Regulators: More than 14,000 gallons of saltwater spill

GRASSY BUTTE, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota oil regulators say more than 14,000 gallons of saltwater have spilled from a central tank battery about 14 miles southwest of Grassy Butte (BYOOT) in Billings County. The North Dakota Oil and Gas Division says Cobra Oil and Gas Corp. reported that the 14,280 gallons were released, contained and recovered at the site. ...

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North Dakota tax collections far below revised forecast

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota continues to see bleaker-than-expected state tax revenue collections from declining oil activity in the state. Office of Management and Budget Director Pam Sharp told a panel of lawmakers Tuesday that tax collections already are down $6.4 million since January. Gov. Jack Dalrymple on Feb. 1 ordered cuts in state government and a raid on ...

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