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North Dakota oil production drops by 30.6K barrels daily in January

Oil production in North Dakota dropped by about 30,000 barrels per day in January. (Image: Joel Tysver)

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota’s Department of Mineral Resources says the state’s oil production decreased by about 30,600 barrels a day in January. The agency says the state produced an average of 1.12 million barrels of oil daily in January. The January production was about 105,380 barrels per day less than the record set in December 2014. North Dakota also produced ...

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Iowa regulators approve Bakken pipeline permit

Energy Transfer Partners' Dakota Access Bakken pipeline has been approved by Iowa. The state was the last of four states to approve the Bakken pipeline. (Image: D.Reichardt via Flickr)

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The last state permit needed for a pipeline that will carry a half-million barrels of crude oil daily from North Dakota to Illinois was approved Thursday by Iowa utilities regulators, who also gave the Texas-based company authority to use eminent domain for land that property owners are unwilling to voluntarily provide. The Iowa Utilities Board ...

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Testing to determine if spill tainted ND drinking water

Testing to determine if spill tainted ND drinking water

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Regulators are monitoring tests to determine if an oil field spill near Williston has tainted drinking water sources in the area, the North Dakota Department of Health said Tuesday. Denver-based Zavanna LLC told regulators a faulty valve caused a spill of more than 114,000 gallons of oily saltwater at a well site about 4 miles northeast ...

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Wisconsin DNR to hold pipeline project public hearings

The Minnesota Supreme Court has given a victory to opponents of the proposed Sandpiper oil pipeline

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Department of Natural Resources is planning to hold a pair of public hearings on Enbridge Energy Partner’s plans to build a crude oil pipeline from North Dakota to Superior. The proposed Sandpiper project calls for building a new 30-inch diameter pipeline from North Dakota’s Bakken Shale region through Minnesota to Superior. The project also ...

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US rig count one away from historic low

Baker Hughes, rig count

HOUSTON (AP) — Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. declined by 13 this week to 489, a near record low. The Houston company said Friday that 392 rigs sought oil and 97 explored for natural gas amid depressed energy prices. A year ago, 1,192 rigs were ...

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Broken rail blamed for 2014 Lynchburg train derailment

LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) — A federal report has concluded that a broken rail was likely to blame for the April 2014 train derailment in downtown Lynchburg. The National Transportation Safety Board announced its findings in a report released Wednesday. The April 30, 2014 derailment sent three oil tankers into the James River, dumping nearly 30,000 gallons of Bakken crude oil ...

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