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Amtrak passengers face bus rides between Grand Forks, Minot until Sunday

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By: Kevin Bonham, Forum News Service, INFORUM GRAND FORKS – Westbound Amtrak train service on the Empire Builder is being switched to buses until Sunday for passengers in Grand Forks, Devils Lake and Rugby. Devils Lake Mayor Dick Johnson received the news late Monday afternoon in an email from Amtrak’s government affairs office in Chicago. Passengers from the three communities are ...

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Bakken oil filled rail cars offered new parking arrangement in Albany

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By Eric Anderson Albany Port District Commission officials have offered a place for Global Partners to park its Bakken crude-filled tanker cars, but haven’t received a response, port General Manager Rich Hendrick said on Tuesday. “We’ve made the offer to Global to bring the cars into the port, fenced in and away from the homes,” Hendrick said. “We have a ...

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More North Dakota Amtrak disruptions from oil, extreme cold

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By Kevin Bonham Forum News Service GRAND FORKS, N.D. — Westbound Amtrak train service on the Empire Builder is being switched to buses until Sunday for passengers in Grand Forks, Devils Lake and Rugby. Devils Lake Mayor Dick Johnson received the news late Monday afternoon in an email from Amtrak’s government affairs office in Chicago. Passengers from the three communities ...

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North Dakota oil regulator: ‘I just don’t see much value in public comment’

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By Mike Nowatzki Forum News Service BISMARCK — North Dakota’s top oil regulator, who would be in charge of considering public comments under a proposed “extraordinary places” policy, wrote in an email last month, “I just don’t see much value in public comment.” Lynn Helms, director of the Department of Mineral Resources, made the comment in an email sent to ...

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Heitkamp highlights need for ND to limit flaring

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By: Archie Ingersoll, Forum News Service WILLISTON, N.D. — Sen. Heidi Heitkamp emphasized the importance of continued investment to capture North Dakota’s natural gas during a tour Friday of a gas processing facility near Williston. “If there’s one issue out here that has garnered a lot of attention, it’s gas flaring,” Heitkamp said. Heitkamp, D-N.D., met with representatives from ONEOK Partners ...

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Businesses, Families Considering Contingency Plans for Pipeline Accidents

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By: Archie Ingersoll, INFORUM FARGO – A Canadian pipeline explosion that created a shortage of natural gas and prompted calls to curb usage over the weekend in the Fargo-Moorhead area has put a focus on the region’s preparations for a widespread outage of a heating source during a cold spell. The pipeline explosion south of Winnipeg led Xcel Energy to ask ...

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Wind, snow sweep across ND

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BISMARCK, N.D.(AP) — High winds and snow closed roads around the state Sunday as another arctic front pushed through the area. The wind and snow abated overnight, leaving windchills of 25-30 below zero through Tuesday morning, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Patrick Ayd. Winds measured up to 68 miles per hour in the Crosby area and around 55 miles per ...

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N.D. officials prepare for possible heat shortages

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BISMARCK, N.D. — The North Dakota Department of Emergency Services and other state agencies are working with local officials, health care providers and utilities in the event of potential heat shortages in eastern North Dakota, Gov. Jack Dalrymple’s office said in a statement Sunday. Pipeline and utility officials are trying to restore natural gas supplies following a pipeline explosion Saturday ...

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Forum editorial: Oil group’s reaction is overkill

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Forum Editorial When, in response to the Dec. 30 oil train wreck near Casselton, N.D., the chairman of the North Dakota Republican Party sagely suggested the pace of oil development should be re-examined, a major oil company player in the Bakken said no one should “overreact.” State GOP Chairman Bob Harms did not overreact. However, it was the tone-deaf oil ...

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