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New Bakken refinery could bring jobs to Dickinson area

With the proposed Bakken refinery, Belfield, North Dakota might soon be the site of the second new refinery built in the United States since 1976.

The area west of Dickinson might soon get another diesel refinery, reports the Dickinson Press. California-based Meridian Energy Group Inc. says its focus on the development of what it’s dubbed the “Davis Refinery” is a reflection of its commitment to operating in the Bakken oil patch “with a commitment to the future and an eye to the big picture.” If ...

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Sanders’ grassroots campaign talks energy, Bakken pipeline in Iowa

2016 U.S. Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders speaking at a town meeting. (Image: Gage Skidmore via Flickr)

In a crowded Ericson Library in Boone, Bernie Sanders’ grassroots campaign met with the public to show its support of the Democratic presidential candidate, and rally support against the Bakken pipeline. U.S. Representative Keith Ellison, D-Minn., said Sanders is the right person to help them keep their land and bring more assistance in the future. “We’re picking the Iowa farmer,” ...

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New year brings changes in North Dakota oilfield waste rules

This handout photo from the Three Affiliated Tribes shows radioactive filters illegally dumped on the Fort Berthold reservation.

BISMARCK, N.D. — The new year comes with a new rule in North Dakota that allows elevated levels of oilfield radioactive waste to be disposed of at some landfills, a move regulators and industry officials believe will help curb illegal dumping. Environmental groups aren’t convinced and have threatened lawsuits over the new rule that takes effect Friday, saying the public ...

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South Dakota regulators reject requests to toss out Keystone XL

PIERRE, S.D. — State regulators could make a decision as early as next month on whether to again approve the South Dakota portion of the Keystone XL pipeline. The state Public Utilities Commission denied requests Tuesday to throw out the pipeline project. Opponents argued that President Barack Obama killed the pipeline in November. William Taylor is an attorney for TransCanada ...

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Montana sells oil and gas lease in North Dakota

Flare, pump jacks and other infrastructure operating in the Bakken Shale south of Watford City, North Dakota. (Image: National Parks Conservation Association via Flickr)

HELENA, Mont. — The Montana Land Board has approved a $126,000 oil and gas lease sale — in North Dakota. The board on Monday approved the sale to Davis Exploration LLC for Montana’s 8 percent ownership interest in more than 11 acres in North Dakota’s Bakken oil fields. Montana regularly holds lease sales for oil and gas rights on state ...

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First responders often unprepared for derailments

Emergency personnel examine the wreckage of a train derailment near Vandergrift, Pennsylvania February 13, 2014. A 120-car Norfolk Southern Corp train carrying heavy Canadian crude oil derailed and spilled in western Pennsylvania on Thursday, adding to a string of recent accidents that have prompted calls for stronger safety standards. There were no reports of injury or fire after 21 tank cars came off the track at a bend by the Kiskiminetas River in the town of Vandergrift, according to town and company officials. REUTERS/Jason Cohn (UNITED STATES - Tags: DISASTER ENERGY TRANSPORT)

Amid the sounds of wrenching metal and crackling fire, the hissing whine signaled that one of the overturned tank cars was doing its job. Flames licked the tanker just outside the state fairgrounds on July 11, 2012. Thousands of gallons of ethanol heated up inside the car. As pressure mounted, the intense heat weakened its shell, less than an inch ...

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