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Russia to keep oil output stable in 2014, new fields to support

By Katya Golubkova and Olesya Astakhova MOSCOW, Jan 21 (Reuters) – Russia will at least keep its oil production at record-high levels this year thanks to strong performance at new fields but there is little chance of significant further gains in output, analysts and officials said. Russia, the world’s top oil producer, relies on oil export revenues to fill state ...

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Williston fire chief leaving at month’s end; says last 3 years in oil hub have been stressful

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THE ASSOCIATED PRESS   January 19, 2014 – 11:47 am EST WILLISTON, North Dakota — Williston Fire Chief Alan Hanson is resigning at the end of the month and says leaving will be “somewhat of a relief.” Hanson took the reins of the Fire Department in 2007, before an oil boom that has transformed the city into a bustling regional hub. ...

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Longtime Williston mayor coming to end of term

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WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) – The longtime leader of the western North Dakota oil patch hub of Williston is coming to the end of a two-decade run at the city’s helm. Mayor Ward Koeser, 64, isn’t seeking re-election this June, after serving as mayor since 1994. “My dream was that we would become the best little city in America,” Koeser told the ...

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Numbers tell the real story

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January 13, 2014 2:00 am  •  Tribune editorial North Dakota’s economy grew at a “moderate” pace in the third quarter of 2013. In this case, moderate was a 2.44 percent increase in economic activity. That compares with a 38.6 percent increase for the same period — July, August and September — in 2012. Talk about the state’s economy being on a roller ...

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Overwhelming Majority of North Dakotans Favor Oil and Gas Development

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The North Dakota Petroleum Council Bismarck, N.D. – Four of five North Dakotans statewide favor oil and gas development, according to a survey commissioned by the North Dakota Petroleum Council (NDPC). The survey also found that 73 percent of North Dakotans agree benefits of oil and gas development outweigh the risks and that 83 percent believe oil and gas production ...

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Obama Signs Bipartisan Bill to Expedite Bakken Fracking

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By: KENNETH ARTZ, Via the Williston Wire President Barack Obama signed legislation expediting the permitting process for hydraulic fracturing on federal lands in the Bakken Shale basin in western North Dakota. The legislation sailed through the House and Senate with only one dissenting vote. Reducing Long Delays The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Streamlining Act authorizes the Miles City, Montana BLM ...

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Shippers, oil companies look for ways to make crude-by-rail shipments safer

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By: Kyle Potter, INFORUM WASHINGTON – As regulations to strengthen tank cars hauling oil hit bureaucratic snags, federal officials say railroad and shipping companies are taking voluntary steps to make crude-by-rail shipments safer. In a conference call Thursday after meeting with industry representatives, Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said railroads, shippers and oil companies will spend the next month researching ...

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ND shouldn’t throw sand in oil industry’s gears

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By: The Dickinson Press, DICKINSON, N.D. — Agendas come to the forefront when a major incident happens. Politicians, media outlets and anyone else who doesn’t like oil drilling in western North Dakota were quick to react in the aftermath of an explosion of Bakken crude oil from a train derailment near Casselton, N.D., on Dec. 30. Suddenly, by really no fault ...

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Watford City groups hosting meeting to discuss oil policies affecting western nd

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WATFORD CITY, North Dakota (A.P) — Watford City groups have slated a meeting to discuss oil policies affecting North Dakota. The Williston Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1kTqAro ) the Watford City Area Chamber of Commerce and the City Economic Development Corp. are hosting the meeting on Wednesday. Chamber president Darick Franzen says counties are dealing with oil-related issues such as housing, traffic and ...

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