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Flaring task force recommends capture plans before drilling, further look at right of ways

Gas Flare

By Katherine Lymn  BISMARCK — Requiring gas capture plans before drilling instead of a year into it, easing right-of-ways for pipelines and incentivising infrastructure buildout are keys to capturing an end goal of 95 percent of natural gas, a flaring task force told the North Dakota Industrial Commission Wednesday. The North Dakota Petroleum Council task force was formed to tackle the ...

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Man charged in Williston homicide

murder

By: Amy Dalrymple WILLISTON – Prosecutors here have charged a man with murder in connection with the death of a man whose body was found east of Williston under a mattress. Williston police believe Tovias Cerna Carrillo, 48, shot and killed Juan Palacios, 51, on Jan. 18 or 19 in Williston, court records say. Palacios had been reported as a ...

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Fracking: America’s new ‘F’ word

fracking

By JESSICA SENA  Since the release of the films “Gasland” and “Promised Land,” the 60-year-old petroleum extraction process of hydraulic fracturing, better known as “fracking,” has been lighting up the media like the flaming faucets used to scare energy consumers. Fracking is a post-drilling injection process that uses pressurized water, sand and publicly disclosed chemicals to emulsify oil from minimally ...

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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

oil train

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

amtrak

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’

public opinion

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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