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Regulator: North Dakota oil rail shipments expected to spike

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JAMES MacPHERSON, Associated Press BISMARCK, N.D. — The percentage of North Dakota oil shipped by rail will likely jump significantly in the next year as producers increasingly turn to trains to reach U.S. refineries where premium prices are fetched, the state’s top oil regulator told lawmakers Thursday. Lynn Helms, director of the Department of Mineral Resources, told the Legislature’s Government ...

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Company targets southern ND for drilling


By: Amy Dalrymple, InForum BISMARCK – An oil and gas company is working to wake what it calls a sleeping giant in an area of southern North Dakota far outside of the state’s traditional drilling region. Strata-X Energy has received permits to drill four wells in Emmons and McIntosh counties as part of an exploratory program known as wildcatting, the ...

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Sanford announces partnership to build facilities, expand health care in Watford City


WATFORD CITY, N.D. – Sanford Health announced Wednesday it will partner with McKenzie County Healthcare Systems to construct a new hospital and clinic in Watford City and bring specialty physicians to the heart of the Oil Patch. The new collaboration also will expand air ambulance services in McKenzie County, which accounts for a third of the state’s oil drilling activity. ...

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Oil spill reaches Little Missouri River tributary

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By: JAMES MacPHERSON BISMARCK, N.D. — More than 28,000 gallons of an oily brine that’s a byproduct of oil production leaked from a tank in western North Dakota’s Billings County and reached a tributary of the Little Missouri River before freezing, the North Dakota Health Department said. Kris Roberts, an environmental geologist with the North Dakota Health Department, said Midland, ...

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Blizzard hits southwest N.D., causes whiteout conditions


By Bryan Horwath on Dec 9, 2013 at 2:35pm After a blast of arctic air sent wind chills to a reported 51 degrees below zero in Dickinson over the weekend, southwest North Dakota encountered blizzard conditions that descended on the area Monday morning and created “near-whiteout conditions” by mid-afternoon. Light snow began blowing as winds increased around noon Monday and ...

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