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EU’s Oettinger offers aid to help fix Ukraine gas network


Feb 28 (Reuters) – The European Union could extend financial aid to Ukraine to overhaul its gas pipeline network, the bloc’s Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger said. Ukraine is an important transit pipeline route for Russian natural gas supplies to Europe and current political tensions there follow the government’s decision to spurn a pact with the EU in favour of closer ties with Russia. “We are ...

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Investigation: Top oil producer in Bakken accused of hiring contractor that stockpiled oilfield waste


By Amy Dalrymple Today at 6:47 a.m. WATFORD CITY, N.D. – The top oil producer in the Bakken is linked to an investigation into radioactive oilfield waste that was stockpiled in rural McKenzie County. Continental Resources suspended RP Services as a contractor after learning allegations from the North Dakota Department of Health that used filter socks were improperly disposed of, said Eric Eissenstat, ...

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Brine release reported north of Dickinson


DICKINSON – N.D. – The North Dakota Department of Health Thursday reported a pipeline leak near Highway 22 just north of Dickinson on a well pad owned by C12 Energy. Approximately 148 barrels of brine flowed off the well pad and through a ditch onto newly annexed land on the north side of Dickinson. The brine has not reached the ...

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Alaska Invests in Bakken Oil Production


By: John Bestoloffe , Shale Plays Media In 2012, North Dakota surpassed Alaska in oil production. This made North Dakota the second largest oil producer in the country, behind Texas. Since then Alaska’s oil production has continued to decline. North Dakota’s recent boom in the Bakken Shale has caused Alaskan leaders to be not only anxious but also slightly resentful. Most ...

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Letter to the editor: ‘Extraordinary Places:’ Sounds good; bad policy

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By Steve Holen from Watford City, N.D. on Feb 25, 2014 at 7:34 a.m While the concept of “Extraordinary Places” may sound good in theory, in practice it takes away local control, sets a dangerous legal precedent and erodes the rights of private property owners. No one is more committed to protecting the land in oil country than the people who live there. ...

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Green group fights sand dump permit near Australia’s Barrier Reef


MELBOURNE, Feb 27 (Reuters) – Environmentalists launched an appeal on Thursday to overturn a permit granted for an Australian coal port to dump millions of cubic metres of sand near the Great Barrier Reef, arguing it fails to protect the World Heritage site. An independent agency charged with protecting the reef granted a permit in January for 3 million cubic metres of soil dredged up at ...

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Inspector general says State Department acted properly on Keystone XL pipeline


WASHINGTON (Reuters)– The State Department acted properly in its choice of an outside contractor to review the Keystone XL oil pipeline, a report said on Wednesday, raising calls by the project’s supporters for President Barack Obama to approve it. The State Department inspector general’s report cleared the State Department of accusations by environmentalists there was undue influence by the pipeline’s ...

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