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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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Letter: Coal vital to mix of energy


By: Sen. Heidi Heitkamp When asked why I am so passionate about making sure our energy policies work for coal, I point out two numbers: 80 and 13,000. Coal provides nearly 80 percent of North Dakota’s electricity and supports more than 13,000 jobs in our state. Abundant, affordable coal-generated electricity is vitally important to North Dakotans now, and will be for ...

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A peek into the Great Plains Synfuels Plant


BEULAH, N.D.—”I’ll tell you some chemistry fundamentals that are really important for CO2.” Almost everything that Dale Johnson, who manages the massive industrial facility I was visiting, said after that I didn’t quite understand, although a few times I acted like I did. What I did understand was that this facility, the Great Plains Synfuels Plant, is rare—the only one ...

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