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Wetland contamination can be predicted in oil boom states, study finds

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By Neela Banerjee WASHINGTON – Federal scientists have developed a system that could help prevent some contamination of wetlands and groundwater from oil development in the booming Williston Basin in Montana and North Dakota, according to a new study. Along with oil extracted from deep underground in the Williston Basin comes naturally occurring water called brine that is 10 times ...

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State Officials Thank Company for Housing Fund Donation

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By: Nick Smith State leaders recognized an energy company Wednesday for its $1 million contribution to the Housing Incentive Fund which fills out the portion of the fund to be capitalized through tax credits. Members of the North Dakota Industrial Commission recognized Denver-based QEP Resources for its contribution. Earlier this week it was announced that the $20 million in state ...

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DPS talks about adding more teachers


As more students register with Dickinson Public Schools each week, school officials are looking to hire more teachers to meet the demand. At a meeting of the Dickinson Public School Board Budget Committee on Wednesday morning at the Central Administration Building, Assistant Superintendent Vince Reep spoke about the recruiting efforts as well as the need for more funds for payroll ...

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U.S. oil boom could slip in 2015, feds forecast

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The shale-oil boom that has lifted economies and made millionaires in Texas and North Dakota will slow next year for the first time since it began in 2011, a new federal forecast shows. U.S. oil producers are slated to increase their output by about 750,000 barrels per day in 2015, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s first projections about ...

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Top ND oil regulator discusses waste pit mix-up

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ROSS, N.D. (AP) – North Dakota’s top oil regulator says he takes full responsibility for a mix-up that resulted in an oil drilling waste pit potentially threatening a small town’s water supply. State officials shut down the pit in mid-December when Ross Mayor Wyatt Seibel said it was within half a mile of the town’s water well. The Bismarck Tribune ...

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On Bakken oil patch, heroin brings violence, organized crime


By Katherine Grandstrand DICKINSON, N.D. — The levels of violent crime, drug trafficking and prosecutions in the U.S. Attorney’s Office are up. Piggybacking on the state’s recent oil boom that has brought much economic prosperity to once mostly rural areas, organized crime has come to North Dakota. In the past six to eight months, the Dickinson Police Department has seen ...

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EIA: US oil output to reach 43-year high in 2015

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By: Reuters NEW YORK – The U.S. Energy Information Administration said on Tuesday oil production in the United States will reach a 43-year high in 2015 as output grows from shale fields. The United States will produce 9.3 million barrels per day next year, up from a forecasted 8.5 million bpd this year, EIA said in its monthly short-term energy outlook ...

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Bakken briefings

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Bakken briefings Watford retail plaza grows At the beginning of 2012, when the lot south of Watford City adjacent to the N.D. Highway 23 bypass sat bare and undeveloped, it was hard to imagine that a China Express restaurant, an Alco, a Red Wing, a Z Wireless, a Cash Wise grocery store and a Cash Wise liquor store would eventually ...

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Train carrying crude oil derails, catches fire in Canadian province


By: Solarina Ho A train carrying propane and crude oil has derailed in northwest New Brunswick, Canada, causing a fire and the evacuation of local residents but there were no reports of injuries, according to local officials and the railroad. The Canadian National Railway train, which carried “dangerous goods” including propane and crude oil, derailed near the village of Plaster Rock ...

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CO2 flooding coming to southwest ND

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By: Katherine Lymn, Forum News Service    DICKINSON, N.D. — Carbon dioxide flooding, a tertiary method for recovering oil, is coming to North Dakota for the first time ever by way of Bowman County. Denbury Resources, a Texas-based company whose primary focus is CO2 flooding, acquired the 177-square-mile Cedar Hills field last year that is a prime candidate for the ...

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