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Montana man convicted of construction fraud in Bakken


Lydia Gilbertson | Shale Plays Media Project Safe Bakken prosecuted a man, 41-year old Jonathon Lee Oliver of Missoula, MT, with construction fraud this week. He has been convicted of money laundering and construction fraud. He ran a steel building construction business that rarely produced results. Oliver instead used the funds allocated by the companies to buy personal items. Records ...

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U.S. DOT cracks down on ‘oil trains’

Jerry Zremski | Buffalo News (Buffalo, N.Y.) WASHINGTON — The Obama administration today proposed phasing out the outdated and explosion-prone rail tank cars that carry volatile crude oil through Western New York as many as 35 times a week. Under a proposed rule issued by the U.S. Department of Transportation, those DOT-111 tank cars would be barred from shipping most crude ...

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Truck routes being considered


Lydia Gilbertson | Shale Plays Media Google+ The Dickinson Press reported today that the City Commission is en route to designating a separate path for trucks in the city.  A decision is expected to be reached at an August 18th meeting.  The routes being considered include: I-94 business loops, 30th Ave West, Interstate 94, State Ave South, Eighth Street Southwest, ...

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Northern Industrial Training offers comprehensive Bakken training opportunities

The North Dakota oil field work force is benefiting from three generations of Alaskan oil field experience. Northern Industrial Training of Palmer, Alaska is training oil field workers in Dickinson, North Dakota. The company specializes in truck driver training, safety training, welding and construction skills. The birth and growth of NIT in the last year fits a niche for oil ...

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Is the North Dakota government controlled by oil and gas?


Lydia Gilbertson | Shale Plays Media Pulitzer Prize winning web publication, InsideClimate News, posted an expose by Nicholas Kusnetz examining the correlations between the oil industry and North Dakota’s government. The report thoroughly examines the effect the oil boom has had not only on the state’s infrastructure but its government officials and colleges. Put another way, the state’s modern history ...

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Much like oil, Bakken brand sells


Lydia Gilbertson | Shale Plays Media Kathrine Lymn of the Dickinson Press recently did a story outlining the popularity of the “Bakken brand” extending outside of the crude. Celebrating the success of the oil boom, items branded with pump jacks referencing the oil boom in western North Dakota have been flying off the shelves in high numbers. Consumers range from ...

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North Dakota legacy fund receives record deposit

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Lydia Gilbertson | Shale Plays Media Google+ The oil and gas industry has caused North Dakota’s economy to flourish. The state’s unemployment rate is one of the lowest in the country. Instead of immediately putting all of the revenue that the oil and gas industry has generated for the state into infrastructure or other projects that produce immediate results, North Dakota ...

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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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