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Homeless in a Dumpster


 By: Lauren Donovan – Bismarck Tribune WATFORD CITY, N.D. — Wayne Williams spent 2½ days huddling under garbage in a Dumpster in Watford City. He burned his boot liners, scarf, hat and blankets to stay alive, but in the subarctic air of early January he froze his feet. The blackened appendages were amputated four weeks ago at a Minot hospital. Today, Williams, ...

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Editorial: ND flaring initiative looks good

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An initiative by the oil and gas industry to reduce natural gas flaring at well sites in North Dakota’s Bakken oil play looks very promising. Working with the state Industrial Commission, other state agencies, the Legislature, landowners and tribal interests, the industry is bringing together companies in what is described as an unprecedented cooperative effort. The aim is to reduce ...

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Oil sands boom in Canada seen as great opportunity for WNY businesses

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Canada’s fast-growing oil sands industry already means millions in sales for a smattering of Buffalo Niagara companies, from Graham Corp. in Batavia to Conax Technologies in Cheektowaga. And Consul General John F. Prato thinks the oil sands in western Canada could be a great opportunity for new business for dozens of other companies in Western New York. “There’s an opportunity ...

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WBI Natural Gas Pipeline Rerouted


January 30, 2014 4:42 pm  •  By Nick Smith BISMARCK, N.D. — MDU Resources Group announced a new route Thursday for a major natural gas pipeline one of its subsidiaries plans to build across the state, and said it is gathering shipping commitments. WBI Energy plans to build a 375-mile pipeline beginning south of Watford City and running along the northern part of ...

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Rigs ‘walking’ in oil patch

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  By COLLIN EATON  New York Times Service Highly specialized mobile rigs are literally walking over the oil patch’s collection of aging equipment — tamping down sales and profits in a burst of efficiency that’s making some drillers victims of their own success. Large oil field services companies deploy the pricey machines called walking rigs to grab customers from midsize drillers ...

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Opportunity Funds gets more money

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By: Bismark Tribune MANDAN, N.D.  –The North Dakota Opportunity Fund secured $3.3 million in more funding for small businesses in the 38-community consortium. It is the third disbursement from the U.S. Treasury Department’s State Small Business Credit Initiative. The group of cities is receiving more funds after making business loan commitments totaling $7.5 million. In October, when the consortium exceeded ...

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Letter: ND oil story is being told in ‘boom, boom, boom …”


By: Greg Hodur, Fargo, INFORUM Boom. Boom, boom, boom. What’s that sound? The first boom, of course, is about the beneficial economic impact of all the oil production resulting from outside parties coming into the state to exploit our natural resources. That’s all most Republicans wherever they’re from in the state, and some Democrats, can talk about. No doubt, it’s good ...

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