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Excerpts from recent North Dakota editorials

Legislature turns its back on Western North Dakota Minot Daily News, Minot, Feb. 25, 2015 Gov. Jack Dalrymple kept his word Tuesday and signed the $1.1 billion surge funding bill into law, making money available for construction projects this summer. Unfortunately, the bill he signed is not the same bill that was presented to the Legislature. The total funding came ...

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Railroad emergency response eyed by group

If railroad oil tanker cars or others carrying hazardous cargo derailed along the Norfolk Southern tracks in the Sinking Spring-Wyomissing corridor, which way would spilled material flow, where would firefighting foam come from, and where might a command post be placed? Getting answers to those questions has moved higher on Thomas Bausher’s to-do list after several accidents involving oil trains ...

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Canadian crude proves perfect partner to U.S. shale: Kemp

John Kemp is a Reuters market analyst. The views expressed are his own. LONDON – U.S. refineries are processing record quantities of heavy crude from Canada as the perfect complement to light oils from North Dakota and Texas as they struggle to keep their average blend steady. Crudes vary enormously – from low-density oils with few impurities to much denser ...

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Marathon reports increased production, profits in the Bakken and Eagle Ford

Marathon Oil Corp. (NYSE: MRO) reports that its production from its U.S. operations increased by 35 percent overall with an average net production of 181,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boe/d). Production in the Bakken shale play grew by 31 percent and production in the Eagle Ford increased by 38 percent. The production increase in the Bakken formation is ...

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North Dakota coal production increases 4 percent in 2014

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota is known for its booming oil fields, but coal mining in the state also is a healthy industry. The state’s four lignite mines sold nearly 29 million tons of coal last year, up nearly 4 percent from 2013, according to the Lignite Energy Council, a trade group representing coal producers, electric utilities, and businesses that ...

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ND congressional delegation: Keystone veto is disappointing

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota’s congressional delegation is criticizing President Barack Obama’s veto of a bill to approve construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline. Chief sponsor Republican Sen. John Hoeven says the veto is not surprising but is unfortunate because it contradicts the “will of the American people.” The pipeline proposed by TransCanada Corp. would transport Canadian oil through ...

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