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BNSF: $100M in maintenance work planned in North Dakota

BNSF trains lined up in a railyard. The rail service company is planning to spend $100 million on maintenance in North Dakota this year. (Image: Todd Lappin via Flickr - CC2.0)

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — BNSF Railway Co. says it will invest more than $100 million this year in North Dakota as part of its capital expenditure program. The railroad says this year’s plan in North Dakota is primarily focused on maintenance projects. The company says the maintenance is aimed at keeping its network infrastructure in optimal condition and reduces the ...

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Alliance supports compromise for Williston workforce housing

Target Logistics' Williston Lodge North, North Dakota. (Image courtesy of Target Logistics)

WILLISTON, NORTH DAKOTA ─ March 2, 2016 ─ Members of the 1038 Housing Compromise Alliance, composed of North Dakota’s oil producers, oilfield service companies, housing providers and several statewide organizations, have united to support proposed Ordinance 1038 – which comes before the Williston City Commission March 8. “During a meeting in early December, Williston Mayor Howard Klug and the City ...

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BLM proposes flaring rule that could have big impact state revenues, royalty owners

A new rule will be presented by the Bureau of Land Management Thursday in Dickinson that could have a big impact on state tax revenues and royalty owner income. The proposed rule, which is aimed at curbing emissions and flaring, would seek to limit flaring from wells with mineral leases, but industry representatives warn the rule is duplicative to existing state ...

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Cramer – America’s energy abundance fuels freedom in the Middle East

The night lights of the United States as seen from outer space. (Image: NASA)

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Kevin Cramer made the following comments after media reports disclosed Swiss commodities house Trafigura will begin shipping American crude oil to Israel in the near future. This action comes after the United States released its ban on exporting crude oil as part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act passed in December.  Cramer has long been an advocate in Congress ...

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Oil pipeline protesters interrupt Minnesota water summit

Oil pipeline protesters interrupt Dayton's water summit

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Mark Dayton asked more than 800 people attending his inaugural Water Summit on Saturday to brainstorm ideas for solving Minnesota’s water quality challenges, but not before opponents of the proposed Sandpiper crude oil pipeline interrupted his remarks to urge him to play a greater role in scrutinizing the project. Just after Dayton took the ...

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PSC sets hearings for proposed Stark County wind farm

The North Dakota Public Service Commission will hold hearings regarding the proposed Stark County wind farm. (Image: Duke Energy via Flickr)

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota’s Public Service Commission has slated public hearings on a proposed wind farm and associated electric transmission line in Stark County. The PSC has set the meetings for March 30 in Dickinson. Brady Wind LLC has submitted applications for project that includes 87 wind turbines and a 19-mile transmission line south of Dickinson. The company ...

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Report: Oil train safety violations should be prosecuted

oil train safety

WASHINGTON (AP) — A government watchdog says federal regulators are failing to refer serious safety violations involving freight rail shipments of crude oil for criminal prosecution. A report by the Department of Transportation’s inspector general also says the Federal Railroad Administration doesn’t have a complete understanding of the risks involving more than 400,000 tank cars of oil shipped across the ...

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Top 5 Bakken stories of the week – February 21-27

top 5 bakken stories of the week february 21-27

It was a busy week in the Bakken, but probably not for the reasons the industry had hoped for. While the market fluctuated, investors applauded companies such as Whiting Petroleum and Chesapeake Energy when assets were sold and budgets were cut. Whiting, for example, announced it will suspend all new fracking and well completions the coming year and market shares ...

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