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Top 5 Bakken news stories this week

Lydia Gilbertson | Shale Plays Media Google+

The last week of July, 2014 in the Bakken oilfields has seen a lot of positive political movement. There were 2 more saltwater spills, and both have been contained.  It was announced that production jumped 33% in June and will only continue to rise.  Well count in the shale is at 182 running rigs.

Top Stories for the week of July 27, 2014

1. Earnest Moniz is coming to North Dakota

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The United States Energy secretary, Ernest Moniz, is coming to North Dakota to participate in a policy meeting in Bismarck. While he is in the area he will be participating in a tour of energy activities in the state hosted by Hess Corp. The tour will feature a tour of the Tioga gas plant, a drilling rig tour and a hydraulic fracturing site.  Read more

2. Balancing oil and agriculture

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Shale Plays Media’s own John Deede interviewed a local farmer about how the recent oil boom has affected him personally and the agriculture industry in North Dakota in general.  The interview features Charlie Sorenson who has been farming and living outside of Ross, ND for 22 years.  Read more

3. Bakken crude study

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The NDIC is doing an extension on their first study to find out the scientific characteristics of Bakken crude.  The study is set to include developing a system to use oil conditioning on North Dakota crude to make transporting it safer. Read more

4. Natural gas discovered in southeast North Dakota

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Natural gas was discovered in south-central North Dakota. Strata-X Energy out of Colorado received drilling permits for Emmons and McIntosh counties. The project is called “The Sleeping Giant Gas Project.”  Read more

5. Williston is getting a Menards

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Menards is coming to Williston! Menards has officially applied for a building permit on Tuesday and the hardware chain superstar will hopefully begin construction in Sand Creek Town Centre very soon. Williston’s mayor Howard Klug is extremely excited about the new development stating that it is Williston’s “field of dreams.” Read more

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