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ND oil spurs $4.1-B outlay for railroad

JIM GEHRZ / MCT ARCHIVES Enlarge Image   Excess gas is burned off at well sites east of Williston, N.D. BNSF is crucial in the Bakken oil boom. MINOT, N.D. — To bolster its ability to haul freight, including crude oil, Fort Worth, Texas-based BNSF Railway Co. plans to spend $4.1 billion on capital improvements in 2013, a single-year record ...

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Postmaster promises to improve ND Oil Patch mail delivery

USPS in the Bakken

Dickinson Press WASHINGTON — Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe promised Wednesday to help improve postal service to North Dakota oilfield housing units and to assist with meeting postal service hiring challenges in North Dakota, according to U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp. Donahoe and U.S. Sen. Tom Carper of Delaware, chairman of the committee that oversees the U.S. Postal Service, met with Heitkamp ...

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Nelson appointed as ND energy impact coordinator

North Dakota Governor

Jamestown Sun BISMARCK — Gov. Jack Dalrymple has appointed a new energy impact coordinator for western North Dakota to replace the current appointee, who is retiring. Rory Nelson, a longtime Williston resident who worked for Hess Corp. for 30 years, will serve as the governor’s liaison in North Dakota’s oil-producing region. Wayne Biberdorf, who served in that position since spring ...

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Cleanup of 2006 ND saltwater spill still ongoing

Broken Underground Pipe

Minot Daily News BISMARCK (AP) – It’s been called the worst environmental disaster in state history: A broken pipeline belched more than a million gallons of saltwater into a northwestern North Dakota creek, aquifer and pond. Yet nearly eight years later, cleanup efforts are ongoing – with no end in sight, state health officials say. The ruptured pipeline allowed briny ...

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Granite Peak Partners Breaks Ground on 300-Unit Apartment Community in ND

Dakota Ridge Apartments

The first phase of Dakota Ridge Apartments, consisting of 180, two and three bedroom apartment units, is scheduled to be completed in May 2014. The first phase will include six apartment buildings, a clubhouse and infrastructure construction. When the community is complete, it will contain 10, three-story apartment buildings with 30 units in each. The 4,500 sq. ft. clubhouse will feature ...

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North Dakota oil relies on rail: Deadly derailment involved train carrying

Rail being layed in North Dakota

WILLISTON, N.D. — The Bakken crude involved in the deadly train derailment and explosion in Quebec represents only a fraction of the oil shipped by rail from North Dakota each day. About 675,000 barrels of Bakken crude leaves North Dakota rail facilities daily, according to the most recent figures from Justin Kringstad, director of the North Dakota Pipeline Authority. That ...

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$71 million approved for Oil Patch communities

71 Million Approved for Infrastructure Projects

BISMARCK – Twenty Oil Patch communities will receive $71 million in energy impact grants for assistance with water-related projects. Grants approved Thursday by the Board of University and School Lands include:• $5 million to expand Crosby’s water supply and wastewater treatment systems.• $10 million to expand New Town’s water treatment plant, water and sewer system upgrades and street improvements. • ...

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This Is Your Town on Fracking

Not long ago I found myself stranded in Williston, North Dakota. You might have heard of it. Despite being the eighth-largest city in the 48th most-populous state, Williston has won some infamy in recent years. It’s at the center of an oil boom that’s likely to make the United States a net exporter of fossil fuels in just a few ...

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Street ministry helps newcomers to ND oil patch

Williston North Dakota

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — The Rev. Larry Duffy is bringing his ministry to the streets of Williston. Duffy, an ordained minister who is originally from Ontario, Canada, relocated to Williston and uses his van to bring free sandwiches, coffee and spiritual guidance to people in need.”I drive around town and when I see people who aren’t established yet, I stop ...

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