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Albany joins New York communities opposing Bakken oil pipeline

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Albany has joined 25 other communities officially opposing the Pilgrim Pipeline, which would carry crude oil from Albany to New Jersey refineries and return it as fuel products. The Common Council passed a resolution Monday night denouncing the proposed 178-mile pipeline as an environmental risk and public health danger. The measure isn’t legally binding. The line ...

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Oil tanker laden with North Dakota crude reaches Netherlands

North Dakota crude reached the Netherlands at the Port of Rotterdam. The Bakken crude shipment, sold by Hess Corp. is the first light crude to be shipped out from the U.S. since the oil export ban was lifted last December. (Image: Bart via Flickr)

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A petroleum tanker laden with 175,000 barrels of North Dakota crude was being offloaded in Europe on Wednesday, the first such overseas shipment of the state’s oil since Congress lifted a 40-year ban on crude exports in December. North Dakota’s congressional delegation and industry officials hailed Hess Corp.’s shipment as a milestone that could open more markets in ...

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BNSF: $100M in maintenance work planned in North Dakota

BNSF trains lined up in a railyard. The rail service company is planning to spend $100 million on maintenance in North Dakota this year. (Image: Todd Lappin via Flickr - CC2.0)

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — BNSF Railway Co. says it will invest more than $100 million this year in North Dakota as part of its capital expenditure program. The railroad says this year’s plan in North Dakota is primarily focused on maintenance projects. The company says the maintenance is aimed at keeping its network infrastructure in optimal condition and reduces the ...

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Enbridge says Sandpiper pipeline won’t start up until 2019

Enbridge pipeline marker. (Image: Environmental Defence Canada via Flickr)

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Enbridge Energy Partners said Wednesday that it expects to push back until 2019 the start-up dates for both its proposed Sandpiper crude oil pipeline across northern Minnesota and a replacement for its existing Line 3 pipeline because of the need for an environmental review. Company executives told analysts during a quarterly earnings call that their “preliminary assessment” ...

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North Dakota pipeline regulator removes self from decision, cites conflict

BISMARCK, N.D. — A North Dakota regulator removed himself Monday from the permitting process for an oil pipeline because his mother-in-law is negotiating an easement with the project’s builder. “I just want to be open and transparent about things,” said Randy Christmann, one of three members of the North Dakota Public Service Commission. For nearly a year, the all-Republican, three-member panel has ...

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Regional Bakken economy beginning to stabilize

Hotel rentals, the flow of sewage and drilling are all down in the North Dakota oil patch, but the mood regarding the continued growth of Williston’s economy is optimistic, reports the Forum News Service (FNS). At last week’s Williston Economic Development WEST! Conference, the city’s economic activity outside the oil field was highlighted and examined. Organizer of the conference and ...

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Told to fix leaky oil train cars in 2 months, owners sought 3 years

WASHINGTON — Railroad tank cars equipped with defective valves still will be allowed to transport crude oil and other hazardous materials through the end of the year, despite a March directive from federal regulators requiring their replacement within 60 days. The Federal Railroad Administration order followed a Bellingham (Wash.) Herald story about a leaking oil train reported in Washington state ...

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Oil train risks affect many U.S. schools, group says

HOUSTON – Thousands of U.S. schools sit along rail corridors used to carry toxic substances such as crude oil and would be at risk in the event of a derailment, an environmental group said on Tuesday as it called for a temporary halt on oil trains. ForestEthics said its analysis of U.S. Department of Education data show nearly 15,000 schools ...

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Company wants to expand energy project on Columbia River

LONGVIEW, Wash. — A Houston-based energy company has unveiled plans to expand its proposed energy project along the Columbia River in Longview. In addition to an $800 million proposed oil refinery, Waterside Energy says it also wants to build a $450 million liquefied petroleum gas on private property. The Daily News reports that about one train a day would bring ...

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