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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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Icy weather threatens oil output from Texas to North Dakota

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Mon Jan 6, 2014 1:07pm EST People walk in the Milwaukee Art Museum, as a winter storm moves across the midwest, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin December, 22, 2013. Credit: Reuters/Darren Hauck (Reuters) – The severe cold weather sweeping across the mid-United States is threatening to curtail booming oil production as it disrupts traffic, strands wells and interrupts drilling and fracking operations. ...

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More training needed on train derailment disaster scenario


FARGO – In early November, city officials here faced a sobering but hypothetical emergency response drill: What would happen if an oil train derailed in the heart of Fargo? Following the fiery train derailment and explosion near Casselton on Monday, many in the metro area are wondering what would transpire if the “what-if” scenario became reality. It’s something local emergency ...

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‘Life-threatening’ cold bites US Midwest

By Brendan O’Brien MILWAUKEE (Reuters) – Residents of the Midwestern United States on Sunday braced for the coldest weather in two decades, temperatures that forecasters warned would be life-threatening. Icy conditions snarled travel across the region and thousands of flights were canceled or delayed, some officials preemptively closed schools, and at a New York City airport a plane skidded off ...

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‘Polar vortex’ pushes subzero temps into Midwest

CHICAGO (AP) — A whirlpool of frigid, dense air known as a “polar vortex” descended Monday into much of the U.S., pummeling parts of the country with a dangerous cold that could break decades-old records with wind chill warnings stretching from Montana to Alabama. For a big chunk of the Midwest, the subzero temperatures were moving in behind another winter ...

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I-94 towns in midst of growth: Economic buzz in eastern part of state not necessarily tied to energy


By: Dave Olson, INFORUM CASSELTON, N.D. – The oil boom in western North Dakota gets a lot of attention. But follow Interstate 94 from Valley City to the cities of Mapleton and Casselton, and what you find might surprise you. “For a community the size of Casselton and Mapleton, you could call it a boom,” said Mark Vaux, executive vice president ...

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