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Sidney woman pleads guilty to Bakken drug charges


BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) –A Montana woman has pleaded guilty to a drug charge in a case that resulted from a law enforcement crackdown on trafficking in the Bakken oil patch. Thirty-three-year-old Jennie Lynn Britt of Sidney pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamines during a Thursday appearance before U.S. District Judge Susan Watters. Britt faces a mandatory minimum of 10 ...

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US rail sector mulls safety steps for crude transport -official


WASHINGTON Jan 16 (Reuters) – Rail operators may route some fuel shipments around urban areas and slow down trains carrying some dangerous deliveries in the wake of a recent spate of fiery derailments, the U.S. Secretary of Transportation said on Thursday. Secretary Anthony Foxx said that after several mishaps, the oil industry has committed to share what it knows about ...

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Blizzard sweeps into parts of the Dakotas


FARGO, N.D.(AP)—A blizzard that swept through parts of the Dakotas on Thursday made travel treacherous and prompted the shutdown of roads, public schools and even universities. The National Weather Service posted blizzard warnings in eastern North Dakota and eastern South Dakota, as well as in parts of Minnesota. The impacted area included the James River and Red River valleys. The ...

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Letter: An oil train wreck all but certain


By: Larry Larsen, Mandan, N.D., INFORUM BNSF Railway is the second-largest freight railroad in North America. It is a subsidiary of billionaire Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. In 2011, revenue was $19.229 billion. When the report of the derailment and explosion at Casselton, N.D., occurred, it sent a shiver of fear up my spine. My neighbors and I live close to ...

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ND county lowers $2.6M fine against TX oil company


WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — The Williams County Commission has reduced by 99 percent a $2.6 million fine levied against a Texas company operating what the county describes as illegal housing in the western North Dakota oil patch. The agreement calls for Houston-based Stallion Oilfield Services to pay just $26,000 and to have employees vacate the units by the end of ...

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Heitkamp says time is now for decision on Keystone


By HENRY C. JACKSON Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) – North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp says the Obama administration should make a decision soon on the Keystone XL oil pipeline. And she says that decision should be to go ahead with the project.Heitkamp met Wednesday with Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird and Canadian Ambassador to the U.S. Gary Doer.The Canadian officials ...

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Duke Study Finds an Effective Wastewater Removal Method

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By: John Bestoloffe , Shale Plays Media Fracking wastewater is far and beyond one of the most talked about and criticized outputs from hydraulic  fracturing. The chemicals found in its wastewater are what some American citizens believe to be the cause of the contamination of the ground water where fracking has been occurring.  There are many new ways to dispose of, ...

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Frackers fight back: RockPile uses outreach, tour of site to teach about hydraulic fracturing

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By Katherine Lymn on Jan 14, 2014 at 10:41 p.m. In most debates, the best stance to take is an informed one. That in mind, RockPile Energy Services hosted a tour group Tuesday in efforts to educate about the controversial but hugely popular hydraulic fracturing process.“As you guys are well aware, fracking is a bad word in the industry,” RockPile CEO Curt Dacar ...

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Oil production water spills on Montana reservation

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January 11, 2014 12:45 am  •  Associated Press GREAT FALLS, Mont. — Freezing weather cracked an overflow pipe on a tank holding oil production water on the Blackfeet Reservation, causing about 12,600 gallons to spill. The federal Bureau of Land Management says the spill discovered Tuesday about 10 miles southwest of Cut Bank didn’t involve oil, but wastewater that is the byproduct ...

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Suspect ND oil field venturer, details of Doug Carlile’s slaying read like crime novel


By: Shawn Vestal The Spokesman-Review It is not, to put it mildly, the kind of crime we’re used to. Not on the South Hill. Not on the North Side. Not on the East or West Side. Not anyplace, really, outside of TV and the movies. The slaying of South Hill businessman Douglas Carlile in his home last month was shocking – because that kind ...

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