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Letter: Who wins with oil on rails?


By: William D. Balgord, INFORUM The rumble of oil trains grows increasingly familiar across the United States. But a proposed oil pipeline vital to the future U.S. economy languishes in Washington, D.C., as it waits for approval by the Obama administration. BNSF unit trains consisting of a mile of black tank cars haul North Dakota crude oil across the state through ...

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New rules issued on using diesel, kerosene for fracking


By Amy Dalrymple on Feb 15, 2014 at 12:41 a.m. WILLISTON, N.D. – Guidelines published this week by the Environmental Protection Agency require oil companies to get an additional permit to use diesel and kerosene in hydraulic fracturing. The North Dakota Department of Mineral Resources is working to get the word out to companies operating in the state, but the industry had already ...

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Enbridge pipeline joins Keystone XL in wait for US permit


CALGARY, Alberta (Reuters) – A second Canadian pipeline project to the United States is now facing delays as operator Enbridge Inc awaits a U.S. presidential permit, a development that may strain prices for Alberta oil sands crude and relations between the two countries. Enbridge, Canada’s largest pipeline company, said it no longer expects to get the permit amendment it needs ...

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Bullock asks FBI to make Bakken presence permanent


BILLINGS, Mont. — Montana Gov. Steve Bullock has joined other elected officials in calling for the FBI to establish a permanent presence in the eastern part of the state to watch over the Bakken oil patch. The FBI put three employees in Sidney near the North Dakota border last July. There are proposals to transfer those temporary postings to Williston, ...

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Forum editorial: Power line dispute a symptom

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Forum Editorial The latest reporting on a proposed electric transmission line across a historic North Dakota battlefield suggests line advocates manipulated data regarding the historical significance of the site. An 1864 battle between American Indians and the U.S. Cavalry has been characterized as one of the most important clashes in the nation’s Indian wars. The Basin Electric line will cross ...

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