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Snow and cold temps slow ND oil production


Even booming Bakken oil production can’t stand up to North Dakota’s crippling winters. By hindering transportation to wells and slowing the hydraulic fracturing process, severe winter weather slows production. The No. 1 cause of the slowdown in winter months is difficulties for fracking, North Dakota Department of Mineral Resources Director Lynn Helms said. Ice and snow make it harder to ...

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Postal Service Disrupted in Williston


BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Mail delivery to some customers in the northwestern North Dakota oil boom town of Williston has been disrupted after four carriers quit at the beginning of the Christmas rush, the U.S. Postal Service says. Postal Service spokesman Peter Nowacki said Monday that four people resigned this month with little or no notice. He said some Williston ...

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“It’s not too late”

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By Jason Spiess Those were the words uttered by former Gov. Ed Schafer in front of a standing-room-only audience at a conference last December in Rapid City, SD.  The Bakken oil boom has garnered interest from regional, national and international businesses and, according to Schafer, it’s not too late for businesses to participate in the booming economic growth in western ...

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North Dakota’s oil spill website now live


BISMARCK – A North Dakota website detailing oil spills and other environmental incidents is now live. The North Dakota Department of Health created the website, www.ndhealth.gov/ehs/spills, to make information about spills easy to access. Dave Glatt, chief of the Environmental Health Section, said the website had been in the works for a while after staff saw an increase in information ...

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Gov. Jack Dalrymple has strong faith in property tax task force


BISMARCK – Gov. Jack Dalrymple said Tuesday that his new Task Force on Property Tax Reform will identify “meaningful, long-term savings” for taxpayers, while a top Democratic lawmaker said the problem hasn’t been a lack of good ideas but rather the Republican-controlled Legislature’s lack of openness to them. With several of the task force’s 14 members standing behind him at ...

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10 finalists selected for American Petroleum Institute awards


American Petroleum Institute names finalist for oil achievement awards By: Amy Dalrymple, Forum News Service, INFORUM   WILLISTON, N.D. – Innovations and achievements in North Dakota’s oil industry will be recognized next week during a banquet here. The Williston Basin chapter of the American Petroleum Institute has named 10 finalists for its second annual achievement awards. Ken Callahan, the chapter’s board president, ...

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Oil boom breathing new life into ND ghost towns

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Photographers find ND ghost towns springing back to life in oil boom By: Associated Press, INFORUM FARGO — Two Fargo radio personalities who photographed the remains of western North Dakota’s pioneer towns for a coffee table book discovered a surprise when they returned for volume 2. Some of the “ghost” towns had come back to life, thanks largely to the oil ...

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