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Regulator says Tesoro should have been warned

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Company should have been warned of ND pipeline trouble, regulator says BISMARCK – A federal regulator says preliminary test results showing a problem with the oil pipeline that leaked more than 20,000 barrels of Bakken crude should have been available to the company before the leak was discovered.By: Mike Nowatzki, Forum News Service, INFORUM Reul BISMARCK – A federal regulator says ...

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North Dakota, Iran, Nigeria, and Russia…waste not, want not

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By Stephen Edelstein, Guest blogger October 23, 2013 If North Dakota were a country, it would rank fifth behind Russia, Nigeria, Iran and Iraq on the list of worst natural-gas wasters, according to the World Bank. Why is North Dakota ranked so poorly? Because of flaring. The practice costs the state’s mineral-rights owners $1.2 billion per year in lost revenue. Edelstein explains what ...

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$60 million from the US Energy Department dedicated to solar energy

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WASHINGTON – Building on President Obama’s broad-based plan to cut carbon pollution and support clean energy innovation across the country, Energy Secretary Moniz announced today about $60 million to support innovative solar energy research and development. As part of the Department’s SunShot Initiative, these awards will help lower the cost of solar electricity, advance seamless grid integration and support a ...

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The U.S. Energy Information Administration puts out Drilling Productivity Report

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Lynn Westfall and his team at the U.S. Energy Information Administration have been working for the past year on a new way to track oil production in the U.S. Westfall, director of energy markets, spoke with The Bakken magazine regarding the work put into the EIA’s Drilling Productivity Report and why the new report better reflects the country’s oil production. ...

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A varied look at the oil patch

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By: John Bestoloffe When did the boom begin? About seven years ago. Geologists have known about the Bakken shale foundation, one of the largest oil and natural gas deposits in the world, since the early 1950s. But oil production in the state was slow to develop because it was too difficult and costly to get at the deposits, which are ...

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North Dakota attracts young people

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North Dakota: Young and getting younger FARGO — Fresh out of college, Rebecca Marohn and Jessica Herd moved from their college towns to North Dakota this summer with new jobs at Microsoft in mind and some lingering doubts about living in Fargo.By: Kyle Potter, Forum News Service FARGO – Fresh out of college, Rebecca Marohn and Jessica Herd moved from their ...

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Questions still remain over ND oil spill

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That was Sept. 29; Jensen contacted authorities immediately. At least 20,600 barrels of oil leaked onto the Jensens’ land from a pipeline owned by Tesoro Logistics, one of the largest land-based spills in recent history. Neither the pipeline company nor the state informed the public of the spill for 11 days. Since then, why there was a delay in disclosure ...

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Another way to make money in North Dakota

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A handful of counties in North Dakota are churning out more oil and gas than the entire state of Alaska . Welcome to the Bakken, the jewel of The Rough Rider State. But a look beyond the drillers working the state’s Bakken field reveals many players who see another opportunity: building North Dakota’s infrastructure. In May, environmental nonprofit group Ceres ...

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