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Top 5 Bakken news stories – May 6-13

It’s been a busy week for the Bakken. The Dakota Access pipeline is facing more resistance from environmental groups while production figures in North Dakota dropped by about 9,800 barrels in March. Meanwhile, a new study shows how much methane oil and gas development in the oil patch is emitting into the atmosphere, and Montana lawmakers are left dealing with ...

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Alberta to have plan within 2 weeks for returning evacuees

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Alberta will have a plan within two weeks for getting residents of the wildfire-ravaged oil sands capital Fort McMurray back into their homes, even as fire conditions were forecast to worsen, the province’s municipal affairs minister said Thursday. Danielle Larivee told reporters she realizes how difficult it is for evacuees — thousands of them in the ...

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Former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship reports to prison

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship reported to a California prison Thursday to begin serving a one-year sentence for his conviction related to the deadliest U.S. mine explosion in four decades, a U.S. Bureau of Prisons spokesman said. Spokesman Justin Long said Thursday evening that Blankenship was in custody at a federal facility in Taft, California. ...

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West Virginia progresses with old coal site to lure business

coal mining, climate change, executive order

JULIAN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia officials are moving forward with the development of a massive surface coal mine they believe can be reshaped into up to 12,000 acres for new businesses and homes. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s administration announced upcoming steps Thursday at the largely reclaimed Hobet mine. The project stretching through Boone and Lincoln counties is in its ...

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Indigenous leaders seek UN support against British Columbia gas project

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — First Nations leaders from British Columbia brought their fight against a proposed liquefied natural gas project in the province to the U.N. on Thursday, saying it could threaten the wild salmon habitat on their ancestral lands. The group sought the support of United Nations members for its demand that the Canadian government reject the $36-billion Pacific ...

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