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Private land removed from special places proposal


By Nick Smith A proposal to protect places deemed special or extraordinary from energy development was changed to exclude private land before it was unanimously approved Monday by the North Dakota Industrial Commission. The approval follows a monthlong public comment period that resulted in more than 500 comments. Gov. Jack Dalrymple proposed an amendment at the beginning of Monday’s hearing that removed ...

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Pipe leaks 2,380 barrels of saltwater


Pipe at a saltwater disposal well near Alamo leaked 2,380 barrels of brine that was contained at the site, the Department of Mineral Resources reported late Monday. The leak occurred Saturday and operator Frontier Ventures LLC told the agency that all but one barrel has been recovered. A state inspector has been sent to the site. Original Post Copyright 2014 ...

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Commission OKs steps to curb flaring

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By Nick Smith The North Dakota Industrial Commission approved a series of recommendations Monday to adopt portions of a task force’s plans to help reduce the flaring of natural gas. North Dakota Department of Mineral Resources director Lynn Helms provided the three-member commission with six recommendations that were approved unanimously. Helms’ recommendations come in response to the work of a task ...

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BLM: taking the heat while making history: Drilling permits take up a lot of time for undersized Dickinson office


By Katherine Lymn A small staff at Dickinson’s Bureau of Land Management office handles applications for permit to drill (APDs) from big-time operators interested in federal lands in the Bakken. That means a big role in the boom and the history it’s making — not to mention a lot of heat, both from operators to get permits approved quickly and from ...

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Company gets shipping commitments on N.D. pipeline


 Associated Press BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A Canadian company has obtained shipping commitments from oil companies to use the largest-capacity pipeline proposed to date to transport North Dakota crude. Calgary, Alberta-based Enbridge Energy is proposing the $2.6 billion, 612-mile Sandpiper pipeline to carry 225,000 barrels of North Dakota oil daily to a hub in northern Minnesota and 375,000 barrels to ...

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Weekly Crude Market Update


Oil Inventories The weekly government report indicating crude oil inventories was followed by a small gain in crude oil prices at the Feb. 26 week end, but the gain was not as big as analysts anticipated. Compared with the week prior, the US Energy Information Administration predicted a gain well below the 800,000 bbl increase estimated by analysts polled by the Wall Street ...

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N.D. making use of wind energy potential

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By: Katherine Grandstand, Forum News Service DICKINSON, N.D. — Anyone who has spent a day in North Dakota knows it’s windy here, which is why energy companies are investing in wind farms throughout the state, including a new one in southwest North Dakota near Hettinger. “There’s about five projects in the state going on right now,” said Mike Fladeland, manager of ...

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A new way to recycle drill cuttings in the Bakken

drill bits recycling

By: Amy Dalrymple, Forum News Service, INFORUM WILLISTON, N.D. – A byproduct of oil drilling that generates a huge amount of waste could one day be recycled in North Dakota, but state health officials say they haven’t yet seen a proposal that would protect the environment. Several companies have presented ideas to the North Dakota Department of Health to treat drill ...

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Hundreds of Keystone protesters arrested at White House

keystone xl

(Reuters) – Police arrested hundreds of young people protesting the Keystone XL project on Sunday, as demonstrators fastened themselves with plastic ties to the White House fences and called for U.S. President Barack Obama to reject the controversial oil pipeline. Participants, who mostly appeared to be college-aged, held signs reading: “There is no planet B” and “Columbia says no to fossil fuels,” ...

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