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Effects of oil on Crosby, the positive kind

crosby nd

CROSBY Tim Gjovig more than doubled the size of his Hardware Hank store in Crosby when he rebuilt to accommodate the business volume that he was seeing. Now in his new building for just over a year, he’s already wishing the store was bigger. “There’s just so much going on around here,” said Gjovig, whose store is experiencing a demand ...

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Bakken outskirts hold minerals as well

North Dakota mineral acreage

BISMARCK, N.D. — More than 54,000 mineral acres of land were up for lease Tuesday, many of which are on the periphery of areas with much oil and gas production. State Land Commissioner Lance Gaebe said tracts of land from 13 counties in the western and central part of the state were up for lease during the North Dakota Department of ...

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Waste Management expands reach to Bakken region

The U.S. oil and gas boom may be sweeping the nation, but it’s also producing a lot of garbage, and Houston-based Waste Management is expanding to clean it up. North America’s largest waste company said Thursday it had acquired two businesses focused on helping oil companies manage their refuse from the Bakken Shale play in North Dakota. Waste Management already ...

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Oil may be booming in North Dakota, but real estate is slow to follow

Billboard ND open for business

While billions of dollars of oil money is flowing freely to North Dakota, investment in new real estate has not followed. With demand far outpacing supply, rents and land prices are sky-high, and residents have few retail options. By Ernest Scheyder and Ilaina Jonas, Reuters / June 30, 2013 Williston, N.D./New York Money and workers are pouring into Williston, the capital ...

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Faces of the Boom: Blessed in the Bakken

The Bakken Boom

SIDNEY, Mont. – Patty Kneeland feels so blessed to be an oilfield wife, she wears a reminder around her neck. Kneeland and her husband, Bruce, moved to the Bakken region of eastern Montana two years ago after they closed a bar and restaurant they operated in the opposite side of the state for 10 years. The seasonal business in the ...

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Federal drug czar touring ND, Montana Oil Patch

Gil Kerlikowske

FARGO — Of all the warning bells sounded by law enforcement officials in North Dakota and Montana about crime associated with the Bakken Oil Patch’s rapid population growth, the one that seems to ring true involves drug trafficking. Michael Cotter, U.S. attorney from Montana, cites an April 2012 meeting he sponsored that was attended by about 150 law enforcement officials, ...

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Bakken Oil, out on a rail

Bakken Rail Cars

Minot Daily News Railroads are moving three-quarters of the crude oil in North Dakota to markets, according to Justin Kringstad, director of the North Dakota Pipeline Authority in Bismarck. “They’re a very active player, to the tune of 75 percent of our oil now moved by rail cars. Only 25 percent is moving by pipeline in current market conditions,” Kringstad ...

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Making it Rain: Water Technology in the Bakken

Fracking Water in the Bakken

Technology innovations have led to an explosion of oil and gas production in the Bakken shale and across the United States. The combination of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing are making previously unattainable petroleum reserves accessible and economical. Yet as one natural resource proliferates, another begins to feel the strain. Oil and gas production, in particular hydraulic fracturing, uses large ...

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