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Ethics of proposed pipelines discussed at UNI

CEDAR FALLS – Attorney Justin LaVan let the numbers tell the story of opposition to the proposed Rock Island Clean Line that would pass through 16 Iowa counties to deliver wind-generated electricity outside the state. LaVan said 176 landowners had voluntarily signed an agreement with the Clean Line Energy Partners to allow the proposed route to go through their property. ...

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EOG has lion’s share of 900 North Dakota wells awaiting fracking

Oil producer EOG Resources Inc has the lion’s share of an estimated 900 North Dakota wells waiting to be fracked, according to state data, showing that even major oil titans are mothballing operations while they hope for a rebound in oil prices. For months the conventional wisdom in North Dakota’s Bakken shale formation had been that smaller producers with weak ...

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ND landowner groups split over new pipeline legislation

BISMARCK, N.D. — Two groups representing hundreds of landowners in western North Dakota are split over new legislation aimed at preventing spills and other problems related to the 20,000 miles of pipelines in the state. The Northwest Land Owners Association is optimistic about the measures passed this week by the Legislature. The more environmentally minded Dakota Resource Council believes lawmakers ...

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Program to help landowners with pipeline reclamation issues

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring has announced plans for a pipeline restoration and reclamation oversight pilot program. The program was approved by legislators this session, and Gov. Jack Dalrymple signed it into law Monday. It will help landowners and tenants resolve issues with companies over pipeline reclamation and restoration. Goehring says the program is needed, given ...

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ND calls for expanded infrastructure and safety in the Bakken

North Dakota Sen. John Hoeven recently expressed the need for funding to study the safety of oil and gas pipelines as a means to help secure the infrastructure needed to support the United States’ energy independence, according to United Press International (UPI). In a statement, Sen. Hoeven said, “As we work towards building a comprehensive ‘all-of-the-above’ energy plan for our ...

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State regulators deciding on gas plant expansion project

WATFORD CITY, N.D. — The North Dakota Public Service Commission is deciding on a proposed expansion of the Little Missouri Gas Plant in McKenzie County. State regulators say Targa Badlands LLC has submitted an application to expand the facility to four gas processing units, at a cost of about $140 million. The PSC scheduled a hearing in Watford City on ...

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ND Senate passes bill increasing Bakken pipeline oversight

Last week the North Dakota Senate voted in unanimous support of increasing the state’s oversight of oil and gas gathering pipelines, passing House Bill 1358 off to the governor’s office for approval, according to The Bismarck Tribune. The bill, however, only applies to gathering pipelines put into service after August 1st. As written, the bill will require operators, upon request ...

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N.D. sees second consecutive monthly drop in oil output

North Dakota’s oil production declined in February for the second consecutive month as drilling new wells slackened amid low oil prices. State regulators said Tuesday that February’s output was just short of 1.18 million barrels per day, down 50,435 daily barrels since December, which was the state’s all-time high. It was the first consecutive two-month drop since January 2011. The ...

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North Dakota oil production declines slightly in February

BISMARCK, N.D. — Oil production in North Dakota slipped slightly from January to February as crude prices continued to decline. State Mineral Resources Director Lynn Helms says production in February was 1.18 million barrels a day, down from 1.19 million barrels in January and a record 1.23 million barrels in December. The number of drilling rigs fell from 160 in ...

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