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Refinery tower arrives in Dickinson

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Bismarck Tribune Staff,  Bismarck Tribune Southwest North Dakota residents may have seen two trucks hauling a large tube making its way down Interstate 94 Tuesday. The equipment on the rig is the crude distillation tower for MDU Resource’s Dakota Prairie Refining, said MDU spokesman Tim Rasmussen. The tower is the core piece of the refining process, used to separate the ...

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Dalrymple says new standards for railcars needed sooner than 2015

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NEW YORK (Reuters) – Provisional safety standards for railcars carrying crude oil are needed as soon as possible, not next year as the U.S. Department of Transportation expects, North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple said in an interview on Tuesday. While Dalrymple has little power over federal regulators, his bully pulpit as head of the second-largest oil-producing state carries much weight ...

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Remains of the wreckage: Federal investigators still studying site of train


By: Kyle Potter, INFORUM CASSELTON, N.D. – A train crawls west through Casselton, past an ethanol plant on its right and the burnt-out and mangled wreckage of a train crash to the left. Two charred locomotives sit side-by-side where they collided with another train, their railings warped by the ensuing blaze and their sides coated in gray ash and black soot. ...

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Homelessness an increasing problem in Bismarck


January 19, 2014 6:00 am  •  By Hannah Johnson The current debate around the Ruth Meiers Hospitality House’s desire to turn the former Baptist Home into housing, a soup kitchen and a food pantry for the homeless is just one aspect in a much larger problem: What to do with the increasing number of homeless people in North Dakota. More than 2,000 people ...

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Forum editorial: Suddenly regulation is in fashion


Isn’t it amazing how nearly everyone involved with railroad trains that move crude oil have become acolytes of regulation? And of all things, industry and its reliable allies in government want more regulation, not less. Until now, less and/or no regulation has been the religious-like mantra of the conservative right and big business. Exploding trains in a politician’s backyard apparently ...

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A busy year of building, Watford City

By Kate Ruggles Farmer Staff Writer As oil activity presses forward, residential and commercial development in Watford City continues to go vertical. With 2013’s permitting activity staying roughly on par with what transpired in 2012, the city expects even more residential housing, as well as commercial properties, to come on line in 2014. According to Steve Williams, Watford City’s Code ...

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Basin lists alternate routes for power lines

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 By Lauren Donovan WATFORD CITY — A power company went back to the drawing board and came up with two alternate routes for a massive new transmission line. It solves some issues, but not the primary one of crossing the Killdeer Mountain battlefield. Basin Electric Power Cooperative plans to send nearly 700 kilovolts of much-needed electricity to the Bakken oil patch ...

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