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Crews to clean up oil spilled from eastern Montana pipeline 

GLENDIVE, Mont. — Crews working to clean up crude oil that spilled in and near the Yellowstone River in eastern Montana and prevent it from traveling further downstream were hampered by ice covering much of the river, officials said Monday. Officials with Bridger Pipeline LLC of Casper, Wyoming, have said the break in the 12-inch steel pipe happened Saturday morning ...

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Grain trains not likely to benefit from Bakken slowdown

A decline in Bakken oil trains isn’t likely to spell good things for Montana grain farmers, according to rail observers. Getting grain on trains has been a struggle for Montana’s $1.5 billion wheat economy for more than a year, during which time critics have faulted Burlington Northern Sante Fe for leaving grain at the station while hauling more than a ...

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Oil by rail may soon face tanker shortages

Increasingly stringent rules for shipping crude oil by rail may soon cause Bakken oil producers to spend more on oil transportation, according to report by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal. Recently, the U.S. Department of Transportation mandated that rail cars transporting flammable liquids be subject to higher safety standards. Regulators in North Dakota also recently increased shipping safety standards after ...

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North Dakota oil may have issues in the future


North Dakota oil production is steadily increasing, but there may be other issues that could hurt the industry. The Department of Mineral Resources director Lynn Helms told members of the Government Finance Committee that the statewide production of July was 1.1 million barrels.  The Preliminary Office of Management and Budget predicted production to be at 1.3 million daily barrels at ...

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The indefinite ‘Now Hiring’: understaffed Bakken restaurants serve record numbers

Zachary Toliver | Shale Plays Media It’s apparent that production of Bakken crude over the past several years has fashioned various changes on nearly every sector of the North Dakota economy. The oil boom certainly helped build an economic foundation for new jobs in the oil and gas sector but has also created a refurbished frontier for business establishments. New ...

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Canada refuses to wait for America any longer

Zachary Toliver | Shale Plays Media Canada is not waiting around for the United States to green-light the Keystone XL pipeline. Late last year Husky Energy Inc. shipped a million barrels of its tar sands crude to India, in a test of international oil trade. “We are doing it opportunistically to have the wheels greased” for more exports far afield ...

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Hannity: North Dakota oil boom should be copied

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Conservative radio and television host Sean Hannity said government needs to get out of the way so other parts of the United States can replicate the prosperity brought to North Dakota by oil. Hannity was a keynote speaker at the Williston Basin Petroleum Conference in Bismarck, North Dakota on Wednesday. The large crowd he addressed was ...

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North Dakota crude does not need special handling: U.S. refiners

BY PATRICK RUCKER WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Despite several fiery mishaps involving fuel produced in North Dakota’s Bakken energy patch, cargo from the region does not need special handling when it moves on the tracks, the leading voice for U.S. refiners said on Wednesday. The American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM), the trade group for the country’s refiners, funded a third-party ...

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Letter: State has downplayed the danger in oilfields


By: Don Morrison, INFORUM Members of Dakota Resource Council are thankful no one was hurt in the explosion of the train carrying North Dakota oil just outside of Casselton, N.D. State officials have spent years downplaying the possibility that there may be problems in our oilfields. They have appeared to be more concerned with the oil industry than with the health, ...

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