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North Dakota GOP gubernatorial campaign enters homestretch

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — After months of rallies in tiny town cafes and fundraisers in big city venues, the Republican candidates for North Dakota governor are making their final push in an intense, expensive and often acrimonious campaign between longtime friends that has focused largely on leadership qualifications as the state’s oil revenues decline. Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem and his GOP ...

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Scientists turn carbon dioxide into harmless stone

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Scientists have a found a quick way — but not a cheap one — to turn heat-trapping carbon dioxide gas into harmless rock. Experts say the results of a two-year, $10 million experiment called CarbFix , conducted about one-third of a mile (540 meters) deep in the rocks of Iceland, offer new hope for an effective weapon ...

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Colorado has 40 times more natural gas than thought

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DENVER (AP) — Western Colorado has 40 times more natural gas than previously thought, but an immediate boom is unlikely because of low gas prices, government and industry experts said Wednesday. The U.S. Geological Survey said the Mancos Shale formation in Colorado’s Piceance (PEE’-yahns) Basin holds about 66.3 trillion cubic feet of gas, up from 1.6 trillion estimated in 2003. ...

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North Dakota PSC hosting conference of energy regulators

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Public Service Commission is hosting a conference of energy regulators from 14 states. The three-day Mid-America Regulatory Conference begins Monday in Bismarck and brings together utility and energy regulatory agencies in states from the Dakotas to Texas. North Dakota Public Service Commissioner Brian Kalk was elected president of the group last year. The ...

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Oil slump brings bargains, buyers to Bakken assets

As the oil price slump continues, investors are hunting for bargains on the hope they will eventually profit from the nation’s second largest oil play, reports the Wall Street Journal (WSJ). According to state data, hundreds of wells have been bought and sold in recent months. Those placing bets on long term profitability in the Bakken range from major O&G ...

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Zoning action delayed again on proposed $850M oil refinery

MEDORA, N.D. (AP) — Billings County leaders have once again delayed a decision on whether to approve an $850 million oil refinery on a 700-acre site only about 3 miles from Theodore Roosevelt National Park in western North Dakota. Houston-based Meridian Energy Group Inc. said the delay could prevent construction from starting this summer. Meridian plans a 55,000-barrel-per-day refinery between ...

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Watford City Mayor Brent Sanford balances governor’s ticket

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Brent Sanford knows and understands the issues that surround western North Dakota. Born and raised in Watford City, Sanford was elected mayor in 2010. Thanks to the Bakken oil boom, the city’s population jumped from about 2,000 to 12,000 during his tenure. The rapid increase in residents brought many challenges. Transport facilities were outdated. Water management needed to be upgraded. ...

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Energy bill prospects dim in dispute over drilling, drought

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional efforts to approve the first major energy bill in nearly a decade are in jeopardy amid a partisan dispute over oil drilling, water for drought-stricken California and potential rollback of protections for the gray wolf and other wildlife. A bipartisan bill approved by the Senate in April would boost oil and natural gas production while encouraging renewable ...

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