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Letter: A wild ride on Bakken highways

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Sen. Phil Murphy , Published December 07 2013We climbed into the patrol car on a dark Sunday morning at 6 with a light rain freezing on the windshield. I was getting a firsthand look at what it is like to be a sheriffs deputy in North Dakota Bakken Oil Patch by riding shotgun out of Killdeer on the first day ...

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18000 miles of ND pipelines to come under state regulation – In-Forum


By: Amy Dalrymple, Forum News Service, INFORUM BISMARCK – About 18,000 miles of pipelines in North Dakota that previously had no oversight will now be regulated under rules approved Thursday by the North Dakota Industrial Commission. The requirements for pipelines are among new oil and gas regulations expected to take effect next spring, many resulting from bills passed in the ...

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Growing need for corrections officers in ND leads to creation of Fargo academy


Photo by: David Samson / The Forum FARGO – North Dakota’s growing need for corrections officers is the force behind a new academy here that certifies students to work in county jails and state prisons. Over the next five years, North Dakota’s corrections industry is expected to expand by nearly 10 percent due to increased population, economic development and the ...

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North Dakota grants more support to oil, gas counties


BISMARCK, N.D., Dec. 19 (UPI) – North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple said grants of nearly $10 million for state oil- and gas-producing counties will help the education system cope with expansion.“These grants are an important part of a larger state commitment to help meet the many challenges that are created by rapid growth in the state’s oil and gas region,” ...

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Oil trains raise concerns in small towns, cities

WOLF POINT, Mont. (AP) — It’s tough to miss the trains hauling crude oil out of the Northern Plains. They are growing more frequent by the day, mile-long processions of black tank cars that rumble through wheat fields and towns, along rivers and national parks. As common as they have become across the U.S. and Canada, officials in dozens of ...

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Letter: Oil industry meets challenge


The oil industry seems to have a new fire lit in its efforts to reduce flaring. Everyone from the governor to the top producers have made it a top priority. This is a good thing. It means more investment in North Dakota, growing royalty payments and increased tax revenues from oil and gas. Quick research shows how much the industry ...

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Lure of work in oil fields might impact the cost of construction for Minnesota


WILLMAR — Just when oil prices had finally gone down and Kandiyohi County officials hoped to catch a break on road construction costs, there is concern that the oil boom in western North Dakota could be to blame for driving up highway construction costs again in central Minnesota. That reality hit the Kandiyohi County Commissioners at their meeting Tuesday when ...

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North Dakota suit against oil company seeks class action status


FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A former worker in the North Dakota oil patch is accusing a major drilling company of failing to pay overtime to him and other employees. Chris Elliott is seeking class-action status for his federal complaint against Texas-based Schlumberger, which provides technology and other support services for the oil and gas industry. The complaint alleges that the ...

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Bakken area road construction expected to remain busy in 2014


By: Build a Better Tomorrow , Build a Better Tomorrow “It’s been one of the busiest times I’ve seen.” That’s the way 2013 was described by the North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) Williston District Engineer Walt Peterson. And during a year where a record amount of state money was invested into highways, the Williston District itself was responsible for $390 million ...

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United Methodists aim to be light in the Bakken


From ministers to missionaries, the Dakotas Conference of the United Methodist Church is creating new ways to reach people in the Bakken. The conference — which encompasses South Dakota and North Dakota — has raised both interest and funds to support their new Bakken Oil Rush Ministry, which includes a pair of missionaries, a mobile thrift store and a new ...

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