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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


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


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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We need Keystone now more than ever


By: Rob Port With oil train derailments much in the news of late, it’s clear that America needs expanded energy infrastructure now more than ever. But even this plain evidence of that dire need may not be enough to crack the political shell around one of the most contentious energy projects in the history of America. One outspoken supporter of ...

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Crude Weekly Update


Oil Inventories This week, WTI and Brent crude oil prices diverged in movement.  Brent rose for a 4th consecutive day as US distillate inventory declined more than expected; while WTI was pressured by disappointing Chinese PMI data and comments from the Iranian President that the Middle East country would have a compelling new model for oil investment by September. The ...

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Letter: North Dakota can do both with oil

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By: Sen. Mac Schneider and Rep. Kenton Onstad This year North Dakotans will celebrate our state’s 125th anniversary. Throughout our history, we have shown time and time again that economic development and good stewardship are not mutually exclusive. The State Industrial Commission – made up of the governor, the attorney general, and the agriculture commissioner – was created based on this ...

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Williams County rejects plan for housing, RV park


RAY, N.D. — Williams County officials have denied a request to build a 55 homes and a recreational vehicle park near Ray. The Williams County Planning and Zoning Commission denied the request last week after heated debate. Backers of the proposal say the project would attract families and investment in Ray. The city is part of the state’s booming oil ...

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TransCanada gas pipeline explodes south of Winnipeg, no one hurt

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WINNIPEG, Manitoba (Reuters) – A natural gas pipeline operated by TransCanada Corp exploded and caught fire in a rural area of the western Canadian province of Manitoba early on Saturday, but there were no injuries, a federal regulator said. The explosion happened near Otterburne, Manitoba, about 15 miles south of the provincial capital, Winnipeg. The area was evacuated as a ...

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