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ND oil refinery $50M over budget but still on track for December startup

By Mike Nowatzki, The Dickinson Press  Bismark- An oil refinery being built in western North Dakota is about $50 million over budget but remains on track to start refining crude in December, a project official said Tuesday at the Williston Basin Petroleum Conference here. The Dakota Prairie Refining facility under construction four miles west of Dickinson will process 20,000 barrels ...

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Oil basin conference is big deal

By The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead Some 3,500 registrants are expected at the three-day Williston Basin Petroleum Conference, which opened Tuesday in Bismarck. Don’t be surprised if that number reaches or surpasses 4,000. The conference has become one of the largest (if not the largest), and one of the most important in North Dakota. The Bakken oil play is international news. ...

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Bakken takes center stage: Research to examine state’s new workforce

By Katherine Lymn, The Dickinson Press BISMARCK — Research funded by the North Dakota Industrial Commission will examine the state’s new workforce, with hopes of informing companies that need workers and communities that need to plan for them. The study was announced at a set of sessions at the Williston Basin Petroleum Conference’s opening day that focused on how the ...

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Letter to the editor: Media should report both sides on TENORM disposal

By Laura Erickson from Williston, N.D. Printed in the Jamestown Sun Incidents regarding technologically-enhanced, naturally-occurring radioactive materials (TENORM) have generated a fair amount of concern among western North Dakota’s citizens and local officials. Media have reported on several businesses haphazardly discarding TENORM waste, blatantly violating North Dakota solid waste disposal regulations. These incidents have been sensationalized by some reports and letters, creating ...

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Industry: Bakken oil not more risky than others

James MacPherson and Matthew Brown | Associated Press BISMARCK, N.D. — Oil industry representatives are pushing back against tougher rules for rail cars carrying crude despite a string of fiery accidents and insisting that oil shipped by train from the Northern Plains is no more dangerous than some other cargoes. An industry-funded report released Tuesday said the volatility of Bakken ...

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Letter to the editor: North Dakota should be bossy like Texas

Pump jack oil well

The Jamestown Sun By Ron Schalow from Fargo, ND I’m embarrassed to say this, but I think the North Dakota Industrial Commission, North Dakota Public Service Commission and Legislature have gotten themselves out-snookered by the liberals governing the lovely state of Texas. Myron Goforth, president of Dew Point Control LLC, said: “It’s a little like the wild west up in the ...

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Drilling for energy independence

 By Brian Kroshus | The Bismarck Tribune Thanks to shale oil and gas including quantities extracted from the Bakken, the United States is poised to become energy independent in the not-so-distant future. It’s been talked about politically for a number of years by many administrations, and it may soon become a reality. The actual conversation of energy independence at least in political ...

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New Bakken workers? Oil, gas industry shows interest in drones


By Katherine Lymn , The Dickinson Press “Drone central.” “The Silicon Valley for unmanned aircraft.” North Dakota. With the oil and gas industry in the western side of the state always looking to be more efficient, and ongoing research at the University of North Dakota on the eastern edge, North Dakota could be the petri dish for future commercial applications of unmanned ...

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