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Bakken rail explosions fuel worry


Beach Fire Chief Dan Buchholz says unit trains loaded with Bakken crude pass through the heart of his community every day and a derailment is a catastrophe to contemplate. “I mean right through the middle of town. It would affect them directly,” Buchholz said. The possibility is a real concern. Two shipments of Bakken crude have derailed in the past ...

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Shell’s rail unloading facility moves forward


ANACORTES — Shell’s Puget Sound Refinery on March Point is moving closer to building a rail offloading facility for crude oil from North Dakota’s Bakken formation now that high-level design work has been completed and the company is ready to apply for 17 permits required before construction starts. Shell needs the offloading facility to accept 100-car trains carrying roughly 60,000 ...

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WPX Distributes “Down Deep”, a Documentary about the Natural Gas Industry


John Bestoloffe , Shale Plays Media WPX, a natural gas company in the United States, has recently released a documentary that attempts to dispel the negative press and studies concerning hydraulic fracturing and the natural gas industry as a whole.  Some of the most prominent points in the film include: dispelling that all natural gas companies are evil, the ecological ...

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Letter: A wild ride on Bakken highways

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Sen. Phil Murphy , Published December 07 2013We climbed into the patrol car on a dark Sunday morning at 6 with a light rain freezing on the windshield. I was getting a firsthand look at what it is like to be a sheriffs deputy in North Dakota Bakken Oil Patch by riding shotgun out of Killdeer on the first day ...

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18000 miles of ND pipelines to come under state regulation – In-Forum


By: Amy Dalrymple, Forum News Service, INFORUM BISMARCK – About 18,000 miles of pipelines in North Dakota that previously had no oversight will now be regulated under rules approved Thursday by the North Dakota Industrial Commission. The requirements for pipelines are among new oil and gas regulations expected to take effect next spring, many resulting from bills passed in the ...

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Hegg Development Group Brings $44 Million Minot Luxury Apartment Project to Bakken Region


Minot, ND  December 20, 2013 The North Highland Apartments, which are designed to help the Minot area meet soaring demand for rental housing, will open in phases during the next two years. “Construction is on target and we will begin leasing in July of 2014 the first completed units,” says Paul Hegg, President and CEO of Hegg Companies Inc. Amenities ...

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North Dakota Petroleum Council welcomes new rules on liquid pipelines and facilities

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North Dakota Petroleum Council welcomes new rules on liquid pipelines and facilities, urges caution & consideration on Places of Extraordinary Significance designations. Bismarck, N.D. – The North Dakota Petroleum Council (NDPC) welcomed new rules and regulations for saltwater and liquid pipelines and facilities that were presented by the North Dakota Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) at today’s Industrial Commission meeting. ...

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10,000 back petition asking Interior secretary to protect Roosevelt National Park


DICKINSON, N.D. – During a trip to North Dakota in August, U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said it was important for energy interests to extract oil and gas with less impact on the environment. This week, the Dakota Resource Council announced it is sending a petition with more than 10,000 signatures to Jewell, urging the secretary to do what she ...

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