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By John Deede | Google+ John Deede is a Web Content Manager for Shale Plays Media living in Fargo, ND. He studied at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN, earning a degree in Business Administration/Marketing Management. His interests include cooking, traveling, permaculture, politics, and economics. In his free time John enjoys skiing, longboarding, playing guitar, painting, and spending time with friends.

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Mikkel Pates | Agweek WILTON, N.D. — Wilton (N.D.) Farmers Union Elevator Co. would like to be empty this time of year, but instead it is plugged with spring wheat. In a desperate cry for help, the board sent a letter to a catch-all of North Dakota officials and the news media on Aug. 25. They say they’re waiting on ...

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Lightning ignites oil tanks near Watford City, ND

John Deede | Shale Plays Media Google+ Lightning struck an oil well pad on Sunday night, causing three oil tanks on the site to ignite. The fire occurred five miles south of Watford City, ND. No injuries were reported from the incident. The fire was contained after two and a half hours. Secure Energy Services is the operator of the site. Lightning has ...

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Skilled labor in more demand than ever, unions say

Chris Cioffi | The Billings Gazette (Billings, Mont.) A crowd of about 2,500 people gathered in Rose Park to have burgers, hot dogs and perhaps a beer as they commemorated Labor Day. The annual celebration is hosted by the Greater Yellowstone Central Labor Council, and has been held for more than 30 years. “It’s a solidarity movement, and a recognition of ...

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Sex trade follows oil boom into North Dakota

Pam Louwagie | The Star Tribune (Minneapolis) WILLISTON, N.D. — The gray-haired man sat at the bar at Applebee’s in a sport coat, nursing a vodka soda on a summer Thursday afternoon. A blonde, middle-aged woman in black leggings, toting zebra-striped luggage, sat down beside him and began to talk. She scrawled “Ginger” on a bar napkin and a phone ...

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Editorial: Flaring: the dark side of the oil boom

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The San Antonio Express-News The flaring of natural gas in the Eagle Ford Shale makes for spectacular images. And it is slowly killing Texas and the world. The state clearly needs to begin offering more than the illusion of regulation. This is the biggest take-away from the exhaustively reported four-part series, “Up In Flames,” in the Express-News by Jennifer Hiller ...

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Valero restarts ethanol plant

Vicki Vaughan | The San Antonio Express-News SAN ANTONIO — Valero Energy Corp. has restarted production at a corn ethanol plant in Indiana that was shuttered more than two years ago by its previous owner. Locally based Valero bought the plant in March from Illinois-based Aventine Renewable Energy Holdings Inc. for $34 million, boosting the number of its ethanol plants ...

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BP says Whiting refinery still in production after fire

Reuters HOUSTON – BP Plc <BP.L> said its largest U.S. refinery, at Whiting, Indiana, continued to operate on Thursday morning following a blaze the night before that was expected to have a minimal impact on production. One worker was taken to an area hospital for treatment, but was later released, the company said. BP said operations at the 413,500 barrel ...

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