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ND Delegation Comments on President Trump’s E-15 Decision

President Donald Trump announced Tuesday he has directed the Environmental Protection Agency to begin the process of allowing the sale of E15 fuel year-round. The rule change on the use of the corn-based fuel could have wide-reaching effects across the industry and consumers. Here is what the North Dakota delegation said regarding Trump’s E15 ruling. Senator John Hoeven issued the ...

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Major Step Forward for the Davis Refinery, ND Public Service Commission Dismisses Complaint

Meridian Energy Group, Inc., the leading developer of innovative and environmentally-compliant oil refining facilities, announced today that a complaint filed against its Davis Refinery project has been dismissed by the North Dakota Public Service Commission (“PSC”) for lack of jurisdiction. The Commission adopted the recommendation of the Administrative Law Judge and unanimously voted to grant Meridian’s motion to dismiss the ...

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Terry Kovacevich Inducted Into NDPC Hall of Fame

During their Annual Meeting on September 25, 2018, the North Dakota Petroleum Council announced the induction of Terry Kovacevich into the NDPC Hall of Fame.  2017 Hall of Fame Inductee, Craig Smith, presented Kovacevich with his Hall of Fame Award. Kovacevich started with Marathon Oil Company in 1978. During his 37 ½ year career, he held various positions including: Operations ...

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Heitkamp, Hoeven Comment on Federal Funds for ND Airports

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded more than $7.4 million in grants for North Dakota airports. Details of the funding are as follows: Hillsboro Municipal Airport Authority – $1,566,239 – The funds will be used to expand the apron, reconstruct an existing taxiway parallel to the runway and build a taxiway providing access to aircraft hangars. City of ...

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Civil Construction Begins on Davis Refinery

Meridian Energy Group, Inc., a lead developer of innovative and environmentally-compliant oil refining facilities, announced that they have executed a contract with SEH Design|Build, Inc. (“SEH D|B”), a subsidiary of Short Elliott Hendrickson Inc. (“SEH”) with an office in Bismarck, North Dakota, for the performance of site and civil design and construction services for the Davis Refinery. This announcement comes ...

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ND Sets New Oil and Gas Records

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North Dakota has reached new records in both oil and gas production. May preliminary data released by the Oil and Gas Division indicates North Dakota is now producing 1,244,629 barrels of oil per day – an increase of 17,146 barrels from the last record set in December 2014. “This is a very encouraging time for North Dakota as oil and ...

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Acquire your crane mats sooner rather than later

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Demand for Hardwood Crane mats has increased substantially since February 2018.  A few factors have recently made it more difficult than before to acquire crane mats as fast as many contractors need them for projects, such as timber or dragline mats used for temporary roads for building pipelines.  Crane mats are usually 12” thick and are used for supporting cranes ...

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Meridian Energy receives Permit to Construct for the Davis Refinery

Meridian Energy Group, Inc., a developer of innovative and environmentally-compliant oil refining facilities, announced that the North Dakota Department of Health (“NDDoH”) – Air Quality Division has issued the Permit to Construct (“PTC”) for the Davis Refinery. The issuance of the PTC by the NDDoH comes 18 months after the initial application was filed by Meridian and is based on ...

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Meridian Reaches Another Major Bakken Milestone, LOI Signed

Meridian Energy Group says the proposed refinery project in Belfield, North Dakota is on schedule. (Image: Rongy Benjamin via Flickr)

Meridian Energy Group, Inc. recently announced it has signed a letter of intent (“LOI”) with a specialty engineering, procurement and construction (“EPC”) solutions provider based in Houston, Texas (the “Contractor”) to initially complete a front end engineering and design (“FEED”) study for the Davis Refinery in Belfield, North Dakota. Additionally, the LOI establishes the terms and conditions under which Meridian ...

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EPA Awards ND as a Carbon Storage State, First in the Nation

North Dakota became the first state to receive final approval from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to regulate geologic storage of carbon dioxide. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt signed North Dakota’s application this morning granting the state primay regulatory authority, also known as primacy, over Class VI injection of carbon dioxide for long-term storage. North Dakota will officially receive Class ...

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