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Deadline needed to get oil tankers upgraded


By: Lauren Donovan The chief executive officer for BNSF Railway felt pressure from both North Dakota U.S. senators over the weekend after the town of Casselton had a near-miss from a Bakken oil rail explosion. Both Sens. John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp said the rail industry can’t upgrade tankers to a new tougher standard fast enough and some sort of deadline ...

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China pledges further support for solar industry


Jan 4 (Reuters) – China pledged further support support for its ailing solar power industry on Saturday as the government seeks to revive a sector struggling with overcapacity and falling prices. The State Council, China’s cabinet, said in July that the country aimed to more than quadruple solar power generating capacity to 35 gigawatts by 2015 in an apparent bid to ease a glut in the ...

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North Dakota Menards Flys in Workers Weekly


By: John Bestoloffe , Shale Plays Media In the rapidly expanding Bakken oil-shale region, there are more jobs than there are homes for people to live in. The city of Dickinson, ND is a prime example of one of the cities most affected by the boom. Menards is an extremely well-known home improvement chain in the Dickinson, ND area. They should ...

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Canada PM says confident Keystone XL pipeline will be approved

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By Julie Gordon VANCOUVER Jan 6 (Reuters) – Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said on Monday he was confident that TransCanada Corp’s controversial Keystone XL pipeline would be eventually approved by U.S. authorities. U.S. President Barack Obama is set this year to decide the fate of the northern leg of the proposed project, which would carry crude from the Alberta ...

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Contributions outpace cap for ND housing fund

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Officials say contributions have exceeded a $20 million state income tax credit cap to subsidize construction of low-income dwellings in North Dakota, primarily in the state’s booming oil patch. The North Dakota Housing Finance Agency’s low-income housing development program gives individual and business donors a dollar-for-dollar tax credit. Agency Director Jolene Kline says several million dollars ...

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North Dakota Republican asks for oil slowdown

A prominent North Dakota Republican has called for a slowdown in the state’s oil production boom following the derailment and explosion of a train carrying crude oil on Monday. Robert Harms, chairman of North Dakota’s Republican party and an energy industry consultant, told Reuters on Thursday that a “moderated approach” was needed amid an energy boom that has transformed the ...

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Some states confirm water pollution from oil and gas drilling


PITTSBURGH – In at least four states that have nurtured the nation’s energy boom, hundreds of complaints have been made about well-water contamination from oil or gas drilling, and pollution was confirmed in a number of them, according to a review that casts doubt on industry suggestions that such problems rarely happen. The Associated Press requested data on drilling-related complaints ...

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