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Dalrymple names members of advisory panel on pipeline safety


BISMARCK – North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple announced Monday the members of an advisory panel on pipeline safety. The 15-member panel that includes private-sector engineers, state and federal officials and energy industry leaders, will provide recommendations for the best technology to monitor and control oil and gas pipeline systems in the state, a news release from the governor’s office said. ...

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Christmas in the Bakken Formation: North Dakota city sees growth from fracking industry

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By Perry Chiaramonte It’s Christmas in Boomtown. Williston, N.D., is ground zero in America’s energy renaissance, with six-figure salaries the norm and stunning prosperity that extends from the oil and gas derricks to the construction, sales and service industries. But for much of the burgeoning population that has converged on Williston and other towns on the Bakken Formation, Christmas will be ...

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Letter: Sandpiper pipeline means ND jobs and development


By: Sen. Tom Campbell, INFORUM In a recent commentary, Rep. Mark Owens, R-Grand Forks, was right on the importance of pipelines and in particular Enbridge’s new proposed line for safely transporting North Dakota’s crude to markets across the country. While he is right in that safety is always the highest concern, pipelines give tremendous economic value to our state, as well. ...

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Bakken Boom Feels Fewer Birth Pangs (Part 2)

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Bakken.com’s Mike Kopp recently went traveling in the Bakken region with business manager Andrew Lutz, what follows is his personal journey through the shale. By: Mike Kopp, Bakken.com Fort Berthold and New Town      When Andrew and I left Watford City to head to New Town, we followed a convoy of oil service trucks. The good news is the road ...

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Bill streamlining oil, gas permits heads for Obama’s desk


By: Katherine Lymn, Forum News Service, INFORUM WASHINGTON – A bill that will streamline permitting for drilling on federal lands is headed for President Barack Obama’s desk, and congressional sponsors say the White House supports it. Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., introduced the bill in the House, and Sens. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., and John Hoeven, R-N.D., co-authored the Senate version. Hoeven ...

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South Sudan minister denies rebels control oil fields


JUBA Dec 23 (Reuters) – South Sudan’s government remains in control of the country’s oil fields and will not accept a rebel demand for politicians detained by the authorities over a “foiled coup” to be freed for peace talks to start, the information minister said on Monday. Former Vice-President Riek Machar said on Monday his rebel forces were in control ...

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Boom boosts book business: Store owner says influx of oil workers means more … – In-Forum


Photo and Article By: Amy Dalrymple, Forum News Service WILLISTON, N.D. – Independent bookstore owner Chuck Wilder noticed a change in business four years ago when guys in Halliburton coveralls started coming into his shop. Books on Broadway started getting new customers, including a more educated set of oilfield workers than previous oil booms had brought to Williston. “These guys, ...

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Common Sense Regulation


North Dakota’s political leaders like taking credit for the state’s robust economic growth and rock-bottom-low unemployment rates. To hear some of them talk, you’d think they planned for the oil boom. Put the oil and gas under the ground and then created the economic conditions, and the industrial know-how, to pull it up above ground at a profit. Of course, ...

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Bakken boom trails into Billings

December 22, 2013 12:15 am  •  By Jan Falstad Montana’s oil production held steady last year, but North Dakota pumped 60 percent more crude than in 2011. And the sprint continues. North Dakota is now the country’s No. 2 oil-producing state and Mineral Resources Director Lynn Helms predicts production will double again by 2017. Sitting atop the deepest pool of ...

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Concern grows over haze levels at ND national park – In-Forum


By: Patrick Springer, INFORUM FARGO – Haze has become more noticeable in Theodore Roosevelt National Park and is the subject of increased monitoring and analysis. Researchers from the National Park Service and Colorado State University are in the midst of a two-year study to determine haze levels in the park’s north unit, surrounded by intensive oil and gas development. Preliminary ...

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