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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

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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

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(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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The boom’s ‘epicenter:’ Oil Patch hub Watford City adjusts to burgeoning population, financial questions

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WATFORD CITY — There are days, Brent Sanford said, when he struggles to wrap his head around everything happening in his hometown. Ten years ago, Sanford returned to Watford City to take over his family’s automotive dealership. He soon found himself on the city council and was elected mayor in 2010 — right as oil and gas exploration in the ...

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McKenzie County mega-unit, flaring on agenda for commission

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BISMARCK – A petition to reconsider a controversial oil drilling proposal in McKenzie County will be heard Monday by the North Dakota Industrial Commission. Fargo attorney Sean Foss argues in the petition that mineral owners were denied due process when the Industrial Commission approved a proposal from QEP Resources in January to develop 25,000 acres as one large drilling unit. ...

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Oil boom Lulls, Leaves behind Whimsy Instead of Holes

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By: John Bestoloffe , Shale Plays Media After the flow of oil has gone from many small US towns, they usually become somewhat deserted. Small surges of industry’s ghosts remain scattered around a once prosperous area. In Luling, Texas they are pursuing a different perspective on big oil’s absence. In 1922, a man from Massachusetts named Edgar B. Davis discovered ...

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