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December 26, 2014
ND oil and gas industry expected to face hurdles in 2015
BISMARCK - With oil prices slipping to their lowest point in more than five years, new state regulations slated to take effect and lawmakers proposing major investments in oil country, 2015 is shaping up to be a critical year for the oil and gas industry in North Dakota. Here’s...
21 hours 41 min ago
Oil boom brings building boom to Dickinson in 2014
DICKINSON, N.D. – If 2011 was the year of the oil boom, 2014 could arguably be considered the year of Dickinson’s building boom. Construction dominated the city’s landscape, impacting everything from businesses to schools and community services. Over the past 12 months,...
22 hours 24 min ago
December 22, 2014
White House hires former Keystone lobbyist as Senate liaison
HONOLULU - The Obama administration's new point person on White House-Senate relations previously worked as a lobbyist to promote the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, according to data from the Center for Responsive Politics. Marty Paone, formerly a lobbyist with Prime...
December 22, 2014 - 6:14pm
Oil falls towards $60 on Saudi supply comments
LONDON - Oil fell towards $60 a barrel on Monday, reversing gains after Saudi Arabia indicated it could increase its output. Saudi Arabia convinced its fellow OPEC members that it is not in the group's interest to cut oil output however far prices may fall, the kingdom's oil minister...
December 22, 2014 - 8:44am
December 21, 2014
Jobs less plentiful in ND's Oil Patch
WILLISTON, N.D. – People seeking work in North Dakota oil country are finding a different climate from two years ago. At North Dakota Job Service on Friday, Lori Fowler was perusing the online job posts looking for an administrative or bookkeeping position. When she first came...
December 21, 2014 - 11:17pm
December 19, 2014
Analysis: The reason oil could drop as low as $20 per barrel
How low can it go — and how long will it last? The 50 percent slump in oil prices raises both those questions and while nobody can confidently answer the first question (I will try to in a moment), the second is pretty easy. Low oil prices will last long enough...
December 19, 2014 - 10:47am
December 18, 2014
250-barrel oil leak reported in Divide County
WILDROSE, N.D. -- A tank has released about 250 barrels of oil in Divide County. Continental Resource reported the leak Wednesday after a failed tank released the oil about 10 miles northeast of Wildrose. The oil has been contained and recovered, according to the North Dakota...
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December 18, 2014 - 8:01pm
Dakota Resource Council circulates petition for audit of ND agencies' oversight of oil industry
BISMARCK – The Dakota Resource Council is gathering petition signatures with hopes of convincing state lawmakers to order a performance audit of two state agencies over what the group claims is their failure to enforce laws and rules regarding oilfield practices. Don Morrison,...
December 18, 2014 - 7:57pm
December 16, 2014
Documents cast doubt on BNSF explanation of shipping delays
WORTHINGTON, Minn. – When months of rail traffic delays cost farmers, coal companies, utilities, grain businesses and others hundreds of millions of dollars, BNSF Railway and other carriers blamed the delays on unexpected heavy shipping demand and bad weather. In particular,...
December 16, 2014 - 9:59pm
ND could lose billions in oil tax revenue if low oil prices persist
GRAND FORKS – North Dakota stands to lose billions in revenue if oil prices continue to slip, Lt. Gov. Drew Wrigley said Tuesday at a meeting of the Highway 2 West Manufacturers’ Association in Grand Forks. Under state law, if oil prices fall below a certain threshold for...
December 16, 2014 - 9:10pm
December 15, 2014
Groups want broader review for Sandpiper oil pipeline across northern Minnesota
ST. PAUL – Two Minnesota environmental groups have filed suit in state district court asking for a broader environmental review for the proposed Enbridge Energy Sandpiper oil pipeline across northern Minnesota. The Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy and Friends of the...
December 15, 2014 - 8:40pm
ND Health Department won't call more meetings on radioactive oilfield waste
BISMARCK – The North Dakota Department of Health has no plans to oblige the Dakota Resource Council’s request Monday to schedule six additional public meetings across the state to take input on proposed rules that would allow for the disposal of radioactive oilfield waste in the...
December 15, 2014 - 8:15pm
December 12, 2014
ND regulator says 2015 could be tough for oil with slumping prices
BISMARCK - With oil prices on a steep downward slump, 2015 could be a tough year for oil producers, North Dakota’s lead regulator for the industry. “I started talking months ago about soft oil prices in 2015. I had no idea how soft,” said Lynn Helms, director for the state...
December 12, 2014 - 10:22pm
Enterprise shelves massive Bakken pipeline project
HOUSTON/NEW YORK - Enterprise Products Partners on Friday shelved plans to build the first crude pipeline from North Dakota to the storage hub in Cushing, Oklahoma, likely hindered by competition from other shippers and lower oil prices. In a two-sentence announcement, Enterprise...
December 12, 2014 - 4:17pm
December 11, 2014
Proposal would let ND landfills accept more radioactivity in oilfield waste
BISMARCK – Oilfield waste with elevated levels of radioactivity could be dumped in North Dakota’s landfills instead of having to be trucked out of state, under proposed rules being announced today by the state Department of Health. The rules strive to set a reasonable standard,...
December 11, 2014 - 8:26pm