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NC fracking panel passes chemical disclosure rule

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RALEIGH — Fracking companies won the right to keep secret the chemical cocktails they pump underground during shale gas drilling in North Carolina under a chemical disclosure rule approved Tuesday by the N.C. Mining and Energy Commission. The public safety standard will help the energy companies protect their secret sauce used in natural gas drilling, but critics said it would ...

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North Dakota oil production up 3 percent

By: Amy Dalrymple, Forum News Service, INFORUM WILLISTON, N.D. – North Dakota produced 973,045 barrels of oil per day in November, a nearly 3 percent increase and another all-time high, the Department of Mineral Resources said Tuesday. The state now has 10,023 producing oil wells, with wells in the Bakken and Three Forks formations accounting for about two-thirds of the oil ...

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Democrats say oil regulation, promotion duties should be split

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By: Amy Dalrymple, Forum Communications BISMARCK – North Dakota’s Democratic legislative leadership is calling for the state to separate the oil regulation and promotion responsibilities of the director of the Department of Mineral Resources. In a letter sent today, the state Senate and House minority leaders ask the North Dakota Industrial Commission to “restore public trust that has been shaken ...

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More wind and weather on the way

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By Brian Gehring A strong clipper system rolling through the state this morning is a harbinger of things to come later in the week. Bill Abeling, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Bismarck, said a more potent clipper system with stronger winds will hit Wednesday night into Thursday, creating potential travel problems across the state. “It’s going to be ...

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Letter: State has downplayed the danger in oilfields

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By: Don Morrison, INFORUM Members of Dakota Resource Council are thankful no one was hurt in the explosion of the train carrying North Dakota oil just outside of Casselton, N.D. State officials have spent years downplaying the possibility that there may be problems in our oilfields. They have appeared to be more concerned with the oil industry than with the health, ...

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North Dakota crash was one of biggest oil spills on rails in U.S.

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By: Archie Ingersoll, Forum News Service CASSELTON, N.D. — A fiery train crash last month near here caused tank cars to lose more than 400,000 gallons of crude oil, the country’s largest oil spill from a train in decades, according to federal authorities. A preliminary investigation report released Monday by the National Transportation Safety Board said 18 of the 20 tank ...

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ND newcomer helps others assimilate

By: Katherine Grandstrand, Forum News Service, INFORUM DICKINSON, N.D. – In recent years, North Dakota has been painted as a beacon of hope and a welcome anomaly in a country facing recession. Thousands have been drawn to the state in search of a better life, but moving is easier said than done, whether it’s moving to a new state or a ...

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Western ND Postal Service gets Heitkamp’s stamp of disapproval

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By: Bryan Horwath, Forum News Service, INFORUM DICKINSON, N.D. – People in the energy-impacted areas of western North Dakota have been dealing with U.S. Postal Service problems since the onset of the oil boom. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp said Friday she wants to see solutions. Speaking at a forum including both local and regional Postal Service leaders at the Strom Center, the ...

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