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Missouri River power generation below average in 2015

North Dakota — Aerial view the water released from the spillway near the Garrison Dam which is located 75 miles north and upstream of the Bismarck-Mandan, N.D. area on June 8, 2011. The dam is releasing water into the Missouri River at a flow of 130,800 cubic feet per second (cfs) which reaches the Bismarck-Mandan area in about 30-36 hours. (Image: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers via Flickr)

BISMARCK, N.D. — Electric power generation from Missouri River dams fell below average in 2015, as water was kept in upstream reservoirs to balance levels in the river system, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The Corps, which manages dams and reservoirs along the 2,341-mile river, said energy production from the six dams in the Dakotas, Montana and ...

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Minimizing the risk of bankruptcy with efficient oilfield water management

For many years the industry has discussed the importance of the Energy-Water Nexus. This term highlights the interconnection and critical nature of water in energy production and conversely the requirement of energy for water production. Professionals in the upstream energy sector live and work within this Nexus on a daily basis. Water is both the largest input and output within ...

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Obama administration halts new coal leases on federal land

Obama administration halts new coal leases on federal land

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is halting new coal leases on federal lands until it completes a comprehensive review of fees charged to mining companies and coal mining’s impact on the environment. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said Friday that companies can continue to mine coal reserves already under lease. The coal leasing program has not been significantly changed in more ...

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Cramer: House votes to protect coal industry from needless regulations

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Kevin Cramer announced today the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 1644, Supporting Transparent Regulatory and Environmental Actions in Mining Act or the STREAM Act. The bill directs the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM) of the Department of the Interior to make available to the public 90 days prior to its publication any draft, final, ...

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North Dakota reviews tax incentives for effectiveness

BISMARCK, N.D. — A North Dakota legislative committee on Wednesday began evaluating most of the state’s economic development tax incentives to determine their effectiveness in creating businesses, jobs and revenue for the state. It’s the first formal legislative review of tax incentive programs, some of which have been on the books for decades, and comes amid shrinking oil tax revenue due ...

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North Dakota social funding eases local property taxes

Looking up at the North Dakota State Capitol building in Bismarck. (Image: Timothy Vogel via Flickr)

BISMARCK, N.D. — A North Dakota legislative committee was told Tuesday that a partial state takeover of county social services costs is helping to ease the property tax burden for North Dakota residents, though some lawmakers believe declining oil tax revenues will prevent the state from assuming all of the program costs. “I don’t know where the money is going ...

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House passes Waters of the United States resolution of disapproval

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Kevin Cramer announced today the U.S. House of Representatives approved S.J. Res. 22, a joint Congressional resolution of disapproval for the Waters of the United States Rule (WOTUS).  This resolution vacates a rule published on June 29, 2015, by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) which would redefine “waters of the United States” ...

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