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North Dakota energy official to testify before Senate panel

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota Public Service Commissioner Brian Kalk has been asked to testify in Washington about energy. Kalk is scheduled to appear Thursday in front of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. The panel is researching several energy infrastructure bills. Kalk says his testimony will focus on how potential changes may affect the future of North ...

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Xcel construction plans not hampered by oil prices

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Despite a swing in oil prices, a company that provides electricity to customers throughout southeastern New Mexico and West Texas says it’s not backing down from plans to invest hundreds of millions of dollars in the region’s infrastructure. Xcel Energy plans to spend more than $630 million on new high-voltage transmission and distribution lines and substations. A ...

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Rapides police jury to assist in infrastructure needs

ALEXANDRIA, La. — Rapides Parish officials want to do their part to facilitate location of the American Specialty Alloys plant to a site near Pineville. The Town Talk reports police jurors on Monday authorized President Richard Billings to work with grant consultants, engineers, bond attorneys and special legal counsel to assist ASA in meeting infrastructure needs. The $2.4 billion plant, which ...

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Louisiana transportation network faces array of woes

BATON ROUGE, La. — Louisiana’s roads and bridges are beset by dwindling dollars, pressing needs and the lack of any sweeping solutions on the horizon. The Advocate reports even amid a $12.3 billion backlog of transportation infrastructure projects, nearly $91 million is set to be diverted to the state police and other services. Officials at the state Department of Transportation and ...

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Time to call them Obama trains

There was another oil train derailment this week – this time near Galena, Illinois –  producing another explosion and smoke cloud that’s being plastered all over the media. It was the third such derailment in three weeks. Left-wing activists have taken to using the term “bomb trains” and are now blaming public officials for not seeking regulatory retribution for the ...

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Report: Texas population could double by 2050

AUSTIN, Texas — A report is projecting the state’s population to double by 2050 if migration into Texas continues at the same pace it did in the last decade. The analysis issued Thursday by the Office of the State Demographer predicts the state’s population will be about 54.4 million if immigration and people moving in from other states continue. The ...

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Talking the Bakken

Last week at the MonDak Energy Alliance meeting, members of the oil and gas industry presented the current state of the industry and particularly the Bakken, reports The Williston Herald. The event was hosted at the Grand Williston Hotel and one of the four speakers, Stephen McNally, Hess Corp’s general manager of North Dakota operations, commented on the ingenuity of ...

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More infrastructure spending sought for fast growth areas

BISMARCK, N.D. — A bill that would expedite more than $1.1 billion so that infrastructure projects can begin by this summer particularly in North Dakota’s booming oil patch should include $173 million more in emergency funding for law enforcement, oilfield inspectors and highways, state officials told lawmakers Wednesday. The state Senate last month approved the special funding so that infrastructure ...

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North Dakota House mulling $1.1B surge funding bill

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota’s Senate already has approved $1.1 billion in special funding so that infrastructure projects can begin by this summer. The measure is slated to go before the House Appropriations Committee on Wednesday. The “surge funding” bill that would fast-track funding to cities, school districts and communities affected by North Dakota’s exploding growth. House budget writers have ...

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Dropping oil prices might mean better governance

For the first time in a long time North Dakota’s political leaders are going to be faced with difficult decisions when it comes to governing the state. “We don’t run the state on oil revenue,” Governor Jack Dalrymple told the editorial board of the Williston Herald in December. At the time he was trying to address skepticism of his executive ...

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