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OSHA inspections increase after spike in fatalities


Lydia Gilbertson | Shale Plays Media Google+ The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) is going to increase their presence in the North Dakota oil patch for the next month in a “safety blitz.” The organization has been present in the area since 2010. Workplace fatalities have been an ongoing issue in North Dakota, but not only in the oil industry. ...

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“Oil and Water” art exhibit at Minot State


Lydia Gilbertson | Shale Plays Media Google+ Minot State University is displaying a collection of prints titled “oil and water” throughout the month of July. The collection showcases works from 37 regional artists depicting the “use or misuse” of natural resources in the North Dakota area. Topics range from flooding to the bakken oil boom. The show features printmaking projects from ...

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Oil train safety measures coming

tank car

Lydia Gilbertson | Shale Plays Media Google+ The U.S. Transportation Department is expected to outline a plan for oil train safety in a few weeks. Reuters reported today that prominent issues such as tank car design, speed, and routing may be addressed. The results of this meeting are heavily dependent on the refinery industry’s decision on the matter. The group has ...

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New housing option in western North Dakota?


Lydia Gilbertson | Shale Plays Media Google+ Michael Hricik of the Fargo Forum reported today that another extended-stay complex may be in the works for western North Dakota. The building would be located in Fryburg, ND and be built at the former Fryburg elementary school site. Recently, the western area of the state has experienced a housing crisis due to ...

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Border Patrol arrests increase in relation to oil boom


Lydia Gilbertson | Shale Plays Media Google+ The Grand Forks Herald reported today about the sharp increase in Border Patrol arrests in direct relation to the recent oil boom in western North Dakota. There have been 514 arrests in this fiscal year alone. In 2012 there were 284.  The majority of border arrests are attributed to drug smuggling from Canada, but ...

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Flaring policy after-effects raise concern


Lydia Gilbertson | Shale Plays Media Google+ Nick Smith of the Bismarck Tribune recently released a report detailing the immediate after-effects of North Dakota’s new flaring policy. The policy itself sets limits on how much gas can be flared per well. It specifically sets goals to reduce the gas flared to 5% by 2020. Alison Ritter, a Department of Mineral ...

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Bakken shipper argues rail is the way to ship crude

Railroad Oil Cars

Lydia Gilbertson | Shale Plays Media Google+ On Monday Eric Slifka, the head of a Bakken crude-by-rail shipping company, explained why he thinks rail transportation is the best choice for crude shipments. Slifka thinks that pipelines cost too much money and take too much time to build. He also argues that fewer oil spills happen with trains than with pipelines. ...

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Bakken Rocks CookFest happening this week


Lydia Gilbertson | Shale Plays Media Google+ The 6th annual Bakken Rocks! CookFest is happening this week on July 15th in Kenmare, ND and July 17th in Dunn Center, ND. The event is sponsored by The North Dakota Petroleum Council to thank citizens of areas of development. CookFest exists to educate residents and to celebrate the energy industry in Western ...

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2nd thoughts on 3 oil terminals

Aaron Corvin | The Columbian (Vancouver, Wash.) The town of Westport, dotting a windswept peninsula that juts into Grays Harbor, shows off panoramic views and offers tourists an affable collection of restaurants and stores festooned with American flags. Make no mistake, though, it’s a flinty workplace where many jobs remain tied to natural resources in the harbor itself. The town’s ...

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Whiting to buy Kodiak for $3.8 billion, create No. 1 Bakken producer


(Reuters) – Whiting Petroleum Corp <WLL.N> said on Sunday it would acquire Kodiak Oil & Gas Corp <KOG.N> for $3.8 billion in stock, to become the largest producer in North Dakota’s Bakken shale oil formations, eclipsing Harold Hamm’s Continental Resources Inc <CLR.N>. By surpassing Continental, Whiting is signaling its desire to become the preeminent player in what is considered one ...

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