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Beach airs issues with new oil transload


By: Lauren Donovan BEACH — Beach residents were up bright and early Tuesday to hear a development company’s plans for an oil loading railport just west of town. Public safety after the explosive fireball of a Bakken oil train derailment near Casselton last month was high on the list of concerns at the breakfast-hour meeting of the town’s zoning board. So ...

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California man gets 5 years in Bakken fraud case


BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A federal judge has sentenced a California man to five years in prison for luring investors to sink money in what authorities said were fictitious oil and gas projects in eastern Montana’s Bakken oil patch. U.S. District Judge Sam Haddon also ordered Krisztian Gal of Yorba Linda, Calif., to pay $675,406 in restitution along with several ...

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Maine railroad in deadly Canada derailment sold


By DAVID SHARP Associated Press PORTLAND, Maine — A railroad that went bankrupt after a fiery oil train derailment killed 47 people last summer in Canada was sold at auction Tuesday to a subsidiary of a New York City-based investment management company. Railroad Acquisitions LLC, a subsidiary of Fortress Investment Group, won the closed-door bidding for Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway, ...

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Refinery tower arrives in Dickinson

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Bismarck Tribune Staff,  Bismarck Tribune Southwest North Dakota residents may have seen two trucks hauling a large tube making its way down Interstate 94 Tuesday. The equipment on the rig is the crude distillation tower for MDU Resource’s Dakota Prairie Refining, said MDU spokesman Tim Rasmussen. The tower is the core piece of the refining process, used to separate the ...

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Dalrymple says new standards for railcars needed sooner than 2015

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NEW YORK (Reuters) – Provisional safety standards for railcars carrying crude oil are needed as soon as possible, not next year as the U.S. Department of Transportation expects, North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple said in an interview on Tuesday. While Dalrymple has little power over federal regulators, his bully pulpit as head of the second-largest oil-producing state carries much weight ...

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Remains of the wreckage: Federal investigators still studying site of train


By: Kyle Potter, INFORUM CASSELTON, N.D. – A train crawls west through Casselton, past an ethanol plant on its right and the burnt-out and mangled wreckage of a train crash to the left. Two charred locomotives sit side-by-side where they collided with another train, their railings warped by the ensuing blaze and their sides coated in gray ash and black soot. ...

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