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Industrial Commission: North Dakota will be an Energy Sacrifice Zone

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 By CLAY JENKINSON A few weeks ago I wrote here that I regarded the Special Places initiative as perhaps the most important moment of North Dakota history in my lifetime. This last week the North Dakota Industrial Commission voted unanimously to “approve” Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem’s proposal—but so stripped of its original intent as to be essentially pointless and meaningless. ...

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Gas-fired power plant a double win

Pioneer Generation Unit

Tribune editorial Pioneer Generation Unit 3, a gas-fired power plant, turned operational one week ago. The Basin Electric Power Cooperative unit generates 45 megawatts of badly needed power for the oil patch. The startup marks a win-win: more power for the oil industry and motivation to capture more flared natural gas. The state’s oil wells flare about 30 percent of ...

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Life in the Bakken in focus at Fargo Film Festival: Shooting in Williston was harder than filming in Pakistan, filmmaker says


By John Lamb, Forum News Service FARGO — Those trying to find work and a better life working in the oilfields of western North Dakota have to struggle with the elements, finding housing and hostile attitudes. Filmmakers trying to capture that life face the same struggles. A panel discussion Thursday afternoon at the Fargo Film Festival featured tales from three people ...

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U.S. modifies testing order on Bakken oil rail shipments

oil by rail

Reuters The U.S. Department of Transportation on Thursday modified rules governing the testing of crude transported by rail from North Dakota. The agency said that tests, required to enforce safety standards, must be conducted to determine the flash point and boiling point of crude oil cargoes shipped from the Bakken shale, clarifying the specific testing requirements laid out in an ...

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Significant progress on flaring

gas flare

By The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead  The apparent willingness of the North Dakota Industrial Commission to better scrutinize wasteful flaring of natural gas in the Bakken oil play can add a layer of effective regulatory oversight that has been missing. That is, if it’s done right. The commission’s action this week comes just weeks after the North Dakota Petroleum Council announced an ...

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GF senator grills KLJ on oil impact study: Triplett: ‘This is not your private game’


By Mike Nowatzki  BISMARCK — A Bismarck-based engineering firm hired to study the future impacts of North Dakota’s oil and gas industry came under fire Tuesday from a Grand Forks Democrat who blasted the company for not sharing information with lawmakers. “This is not your private game,” Sen. Connie Triplett told representatives of KLJ after their presentation to the Legislature’s interim Energy ...

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Letter: Petroleum Council stoops to untruths, scare tactics


By Shelly Ventsch from New Town  The North Dakota Petroleum Council’s newspaper ads and notices to members urged them to oppose the North Dakota Industrial Commission’s proposal on “extraordinary places” out of concern for private property rights. This seems hypocritical. In the last couple of legislative sessions, almost every bill proposed that would have helped residents and landowners was opposed by ...

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Fixing mail delivery in N.D. important


 Tribune editorial Despite stories about deficits at the U.S. Postal Service, delivery of letters and packages is generally good. In the world of Internet shopping, prompt and functional fulfillment of those “instant” orders needs to happen. Customers take that “rain, snow and sleet” line seriously. Many people, even in rural areas, take getting mail in a timely fashion for granted. ...

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Bakken briefings


Hess Tioga rail leading facility cited An ongoing investigation into the operations of Bakken oil companies shows crude oil being transported without proper testing and classification from the Hess Tioga rail loading facility. The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration issued proposed civil penalties earlier this month, including a $51,350 fine against Hess. “Operation Classification” began in 2013 and included ...

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Bakken oil-train loadings up again on Monday

oil tanks

(Reuters) – Oil-by-rail shipments via a dozen major loading terminals in the Bakken region in North Dakota rose again on Monday after running at unusually low rates last week following new U.S. testing and shipping regulations, Genscape data showed on Tuesday. A total of 688,425 barrels of crude was loaded at 11 terminals on Monday, up from 665,000 on Sunday ...

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