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At long last, the Senate reaches a Keystone XL vote


The United States Senate voted Tuesday evening to kill the Keystone XL pipeline measure with a final vote count of 59 in favor to 41 opposed. The senate began the six hour debate on bill S. 2280 early Tuesday morning. Sponsored by Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) and Sen. John Hoeven (R-ND), the vote would approve the construction of the Keystone ...

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New bypass triggers new housing for New Town

Wooden Bowl

Within a few days of opening, a 20-unit apartment complex in New Town, funded by MHA Nation oil income, was filled with pre-screened applicants.  Now, the community is looking to other nearby areas, including the newly-opened truck by-pass around the city, for more potential housing opportunities. Wooden Bowl II is the second apartment complex in New Town built by the ...

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North Dakota is best bet for Dakota Skipper

dakota skipper

The Dakota Skipper butterfly is considered extinct in states like Illinois and Iowa. North Dakota seems to house the only semblance of a stable population of the endangered insect.  The Minot Daily recently reported that Ron Royer, a professor at Minot State University, is concerned about the declining population of this species after he observed it last summer. Royer, the ...

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EPA to increase methane monitoring for oil and gas

In an effort to track climate change, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is moving to require oil and gas operators to improve how methane leaks are measured, reports Pennsylvania StateImpact, a reporting project of National Public Radio member stations. Carbon dioxide has long been the target in the fight against global warming, but methane is more harmful in the short-term. ...

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Oil well additions decrease due to flaring reduction


In the state’s monthly oil production report, North Dakota Department of Mineral Resources Director Lynn Helms stated that while production numbers rose in September, the number of well completions decreased from 272 in August to 176. The cause of this slow in additional wells is largely attributed to the mandate on flaring reduction passed in North Dakota earlier this summer. ...

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Saltwater, oil released near Alexander

oil slick

A release has been reported five miles north of Alexander, ND in McKenzie County. The North Dakota Oil and Gas Division reported today that four barrels of oil and 317 barrels of saltwater were spilled at a Whiting Oil and Gas well. The release has been contained at the Taylor 14-7H central tank battery. The incident was the result of a ...

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BP losing battle with renewables

In addition to its struggles with the oil industry in the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon, it turns out that BP has difficulty producing safe, effective green energy. According to Tom Vacar for KTVU News, customers in California are complaining about BP’s solar panels. The oil giant produced solar panels for about 30 years up until 2011, but each system ...

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Brazil’s oil giant stands up and fights against corruption


Graca Foster, a top executive at Petrobras, a Brazil-based oil company, has taken a stand against the corruption the company has been fighting for the past several months. Foster addressed the issue today for the first time since the arrests of about two dozen people, including one of the company’s top executives.  Foster explained in a conference call with investors ...

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Oil and land have a shared trait

drilling rig

When crude oil prices rise, the cost for an acre of land in Texas does the same. Over the last few years, rural land prices in Texas have been increasing, along with crude oil prices.  In 2013, the average price for an acre of land in Texas was $2,160, up nine percent from 2012.  According to the Real Estate Center ...

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Rosebud Sioux Tribe declares Keystone XL an ‘act of war’

noxl sign

In response to the U.S. House of Representatives vote to authorize the Keystone XL Pipeline, the president of South Dakota’s Rosebud Sioux Tribe (Sicangu Lakota Oyate) announced Friday that the tribe recognizes the authorization of the pipeline as an act of war. “The House has now signed our death warrants and the death warrants of our children and grandchildren. The ...

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