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The Bakken and the world’s largest oil field: What’s the difference?

What’s the difference between the Bakken and Saudi Arabia’s largest oil reserve? About 50 billion barrels and 13,000 square miles, reports Bloomberg Business. Saudi Arabia, the world’s largest oil producing country, and its Ghawar oil field is a daunting prospect for many U.S. shale oil drillers. Ghawar is the largest conventional oil reserve in the world, and its narrow, deep ...

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Officials: Oil train didn’t speed before Montana derailment

BILLINGS, Mont. — A train that derailed and spilled 35,000 gallons of oil in northeastern Montana was traveling within recommended speed limits, federal officials said Monday as they continued to probe the accident’s cause. The Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway train loaded with crude from North Dakota was traveling 44 miles per hour before Thursday’s wreck, U.S. Federal Railroad Administration ...

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UND to break ground on new engineering and mines building

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — The University of North Dakota is unveiling its new engineering and mines building. The Collaborative Energy Complex is a 37,000-square-foot facility that will be the headquarters for all engineering and mines programs, including the Institute for Energy Studies. UND officials say the building will provide state-of-the-art labs and multipurpose teaching centers, as well as a center ...

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Williston marketing campaign spins negatives into positives

WILLISTON, N.D. — The latest marketing campaign in the western North Dakota oil patch hub of Williston is putting a positive spin on what would appear to be negatives. The city contracted with a Bismarck-based company called The Creative Treatment to produce a series of marketing videos. The first, launched in May, generated more than 25,000 YouTube views in less ...

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Native American biz development office gets new oversight

BISMARCK, N.D. — The executive director of the North Dakota Indian Affairs Commission hopes more Native Americans will become business owners after the commission took on oversight of a business development office. Oversight of the American Indian Business Development Office was transferred to the Indian Affairs Commission this year by the state legislature, the Bismarck Tribune reported. It was formed ...

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ND regulators holding work session on proposed pipeline

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota’s Public Service Commission is holding an informal work session on a $3.8 million pipeline from western North Dakota to Illinois. The three-member panel recently completed public hearings in Mandan, Killdeer and Williston on the Dakota Access project, which is the biggest-capacity pipeline proposed to date to move North Dakota crude. The PSC will talk about ...

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Hearing scheduled in South Dakota for Dakota Access Pipeline

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota regulators tasked with considering whether to approve construction of a proposed oil pipeline that would run through the state have scheduled a two-week evidentiary hearing for this fall. South Dakota Public Utilities Commissioner Chris Nelson says the commission will take input from parties involved with the Dakota Access Pipeline at the end of September ...

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A timeline recent oil train crashes in the US and Canada

The derailment of an oil train in rural northeastern Montana follows a string of accidents as shipments of crude by rail have increased dramatically in recent years, driven by a surge in domestic production: — July 5, 2013: A runaway Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway train that had been left unattended derailed, spilling oil and catching fire inside the town ...

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Bakken oil patch: Too many people, not enough lawyers

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In 2010 Steve Fischer completed law school in Ohio, and like many law school grads at that time, he struggled to find work as an attorney, reports Wyoming Public Radio. In search for work, he called a friend to ask if he was hiring, and soon enough he found himself not in a court room, but loading crude onto rail ...

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Firm objects to delay in drilling on land sacred to Indians

BILLINGS, Mont. — A Louisiana company seeking to drill for natural gas on Montana land held sacred by some American Indians objected to a 75-day review period sought by a federal panel considering the proposal. After decades of bureaucratic delays, Solenex LLC of Baton Rouge hoped to begin drilling this summer on its more than 9-square-mile federal energy lease in ...

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