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Refiner PBF starts talks on lobby effort to keep US oil export ban

export ship

By Cezary Podkul and Selam Gebrekidan Jan 9 (Reuters) – Independent U.S. refiner PBF Energy has begun talks with a half-dozen of its rivals to consider jointly lobbying Washington against lifting a decades-old ban on U.S. crude oil exports. New Jersey-based PBF, run by veteran refinery investor Thomas O’Malley, organized a telephone call earlier on Wednesday to discuss creating a lobby group that would seek ...

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American oil companies call for end to export ban

dutch oil port

 NEW YORK(AP): American oil companies have not been allowed to export crude for 40 years, but the industry wants to change that, even though the US still consumes far more oil than it produces.A surprising surge in domestic production of light, sweet crude — a particular type of oil that foreign refiners covet — has triggered growing calls to lift ...

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Harold Hamm fires back after call to slow oil development after train crash, explosion

Train Derailment

By: Amy Dalrymple, Forum News Service, INFORUM WILLISTON, N.D. – Continental Resources CEO Harold Hamm fired back this week to comments made by the chairman of North Dakota’s Republican Party calling for the oil industry to take a “moderated approach” to development. Hamm, whose company was a pioneer in the use of horizontal drilling that fueled the Bakken oil boom, said ...

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911 calls from Casselton train derailment show crew member first reported his train carried ethanol

911 call

By: Helmut Schmidt FARGO – Emergency 911 calls indicate at least one member of the crew involved in the Dec. 30 train derailment and explosion west of Casselton thought the train was carrying ethanol instead of highly combustible Bakken crude oil. Another railroad worker shortly after the accident told dispatchers he was worried the derailed cars could explode, and sought permission ...

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Wetland contamination can be predicted in oil boom states, study finds

water contamination

By Neela Banerjee WASHINGTON – Federal scientists have developed a system that could help prevent some contamination of wetlands and groundwater from oil development in the booming Williston Basin in Montana and North Dakota, according to a new study. Along with oil extracted from deep underground in the Williston Basin comes naturally occurring water called brine that is 10 times ...

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State Officials Thank Company for Housing Fund Donation

money house

By: Nick Smith State leaders recognized an energy company Wednesday for its $1 million contribution to the Housing Incentive Fund which fills out the portion of the fund to be capitalized through tax credits. Members of the North Dakota Industrial Commission recognized Denver-based QEP Resources for its contribution. Earlier this week it was announced that the $20 million in state ...

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DPS talks about adding more teachers


As more students register with Dickinson Public Schools each week, school officials are looking to hire more teachers to meet the demand. At a meeting of the Dickinson Public School Board Budget Committee on Wednesday morning at the Central Administration Building, Assistant Superintendent Vince Reep spoke about the recruiting efforts as well as the need for more funds for payroll ...

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Regulator: US will have answers in weeks on recent railroad mishaps


Reuters WASHINGTON – Officials should know within weeks whether oil companies in North Dakota are properly testing and labeling the kinds of crude-by-rail shipments involved in a recent string of explosive accidents, a U.S. regulator told Reuters. In recent weeks, regulators have sampled crude oil at wellheads and train loading stations to try and understand why that fuel seems more ...

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Top ND oil regulator discusses waste pit mix-up

water pit

ROSS, N.D. (AP) – North Dakota’s top oil regulator says he takes full responsibility for a mix-up that resulted in an oil drilling waste pit potentially threatening a small town’s water supply. State officials shut down the pit in mid-December when Ross Mayor Wyatt Seibel said it was within half a mile of the town’s water well. The Bismarck Tribune ...

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Canadian oil train derails, burns after brakes activated

oil train

Wed Jan 8, 2014 12:05pm EST By Solarina Ho TORONTO Jan 8 (Reuters) – A Canadian National Railway train carrying crude oil and propane derailed and caught fire after the emergency brakes were activated, the Transportation Safety Board (TSB) of Canada said on Wednesday. TSB spokesman John Cottreau said the derailment late on Tuesday included propane tankers, crude tankers, a ...

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