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[Watford City] School struggles to meet needs of “homeless” students

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By Kate Ruggles Farmer Staff Writer As the face of McKenzie County Public School District No. 1’s student population changes, the district continues to face a unique set of circumstances that, in many ways, challenges its ‘old’ tried and true approach to education. At the beginning of the school year, the McKenzie County Farmer ran a story telling of the ...

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West Virginia chemical spill triggers widespread tap water ban


Reporting by Mary Wisniewski in Chicago and Eric M. Johnson in Seattle; Editing by Eric Walsh and Stephen Powell Jan 10 (Reuters) – – President Barack Obama issued an emergency declaration for the state of West Virginia on Friday, ordering federal aid in the aftermath of a chemical spill that has left up to 300,000 people without tap water, closed schools and businesses. The ...

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Hoeven: New rail tank safety standards due in weeks


By: Patrick Rucker, Reuters, INFORUM WASHINGTON – Federal officials have promised to issue within weeks new safety standards for the kind of tank cars involved in a spate of fiery derailments in recent months, North Dakota Sen. John Hoeven said on Thursday. Rail cars carrying crude oil out of the Bakken region of North Dakota have been involved in several mishaps ...

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Texas oilfield company appeals $2.6 million fine in North Dakota


WILLISTON, N.D. — A Texas company is appealing a $2.6 million fine for allegedly operating illegal temporary housing for its workers in the western North Dakota oil patch. Williams County late last year fined Houston-based Stallion Oilfield Services for failing to follow conditions of a permit. Zoning officials said Stallion was originally approved in 2011 for 25 housing units but ...

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Two derailed oil cars on Canada train likely type vulnerable to leaks, explosions

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By: Solarina Ho and Randall Palmer, Reuters TORONTO – Some of the crude-oil tanker cars on the Canadian National Railway train that derailed and caught fire in New Brunswick on Tuesday appear to be of an older type that regulators have warned is vulnerable to leaks and explosions. Of the five crude tank cars that derailed, two were older DOT-111 models, ...

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The new face of the oil boom


By Chris Hennen Assistant Editor, High Plains Reader Right before the end of the year, our region received what many consider to be an important wake-up call to the dangers of the oil boom in North Dakota. The state has been making national news constantly for all the economic benefits the boom has produced but for once we saw in ...

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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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