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By John Bestoloffe | Google+ My name is John Bestoloffe and I write for Shale Plays Media LLC which owns Bakken.com, Marcellus.com, and EagleFordTexas.com, Permianshale.com, Haynesville.com, and Niobrarachalk.com. Writing has always been my passion and now I am able to live my dream of being a Journalist. I went to school at North Dakota State University and live in Fargo ND with my wife and 2 children. As I start out in my new adventure reporting on the various Shale plays here in ND, I feel a sense of accomplishment in realizing my dream. When I’m not writing, I enjoy mountain biking, hunting, cruising on my motorcycle, and fishing.

Another way to make money in North Dakota


A handful of counties in North Dakota are churning out more oil and gas than the entire state of Alaska . Welcome to the Bakken, the jewel of The Rough Rider State. But a look beyond the drillers working the state’s Bakken field reveals many players who see another opportunity: building North Dakota’s infrastructure. In May, environmental nonprofit group Ceres ...

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Oil and gas well permits


The following oil and/or gas well permits were issued by the North Dakota Oil and Gas Division for the week ending Oct. 3: Development, 1,943 feet ground, tight hole, Slawson Exploration Co. Inc., MACCOUGAR 3-30-19H SWSE 30-152N-92W, Mountrail County. Development, 2,212 feet ground, tight hole, Newfield Production Co., HOFFMANN 149-98-11-2-2H NENE 14-149N-98W, McKenzie County. Development, 2,211 feet ground, tight hole, ...

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Tour looks into saltwater pipeline damage


MINOT, N.D. – A tour planned for Monday aims to draw attention to an area north of here where oil development is blamed for damaging the land, something organizers say could happen in the Bakken if precautions aren’t taken. “My goal with this tour is to wake up our state officials,” said Donny Nelson, a farmer and rancher in McKenzie ...

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Xcel’s wind energy project progresses


    Xcel Energy is halfway to winning the regulatory approval it needs to move forward with a 750-megawatt wind energy project — enough to power about 200,000 homes. The Minneapolis-based utility said Thursday that the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission has signed off on the plan, which includes the construction of two wind farms in Minnesota and two more in ...

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North Dakota Opportunity Fund helps local business


If not for the loan help they received, finances would have been tight while Steven Nardello got his pizza parlor running and it would have taken Ray Bergquist longer to raise the money to open his men’s clothing store. Approaching one year of operation, the $9.7 million North Dakota Opportunity Fund revolving loan program has helped 21 businesses in 38 ...

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Natural gas boom furnishes no price drop

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Leave it to British wits to put to rest any notion that the world’s winter energy woes have been eliminated by the North American natural gas boom. They let loose Thursday, soon after Great Britain’s largest energy supplier, British Gas, announced a 10 percent price hike to go into effect on the eve of the cold season. In what will ...

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Oil production in the Bakken to stay on the raise (perspective)


  Photo credit: ConocoPhillips   Oil continues to flow out of North Dakota’s Bakken Shale at an incredible pace. The latest data available is from August, where production topped 910,000 barrels of oil per day. That has the state’s Mineral Resources Department seeing oil production topping one million barrels per day by early next year at the latest. That’s great ...

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