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North Dakota House rejects plea to fund rail safety program

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota’s House has rejected a plea by Democrats to restore funding for a state-run rail safety program. The Public Service Commission had requested $972,000 in the next two-year budget cycle to fund the program that included two rail safety inspectors and a rail safety manager. Public Service Commissioner Julie Fedorchak, a Republican, last year called for ...

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ND mulling project to recycle oil drilling waste for roads

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota lawmakers are looking at a project to treat and recycle the drilling waste for road building and other uses. The measure would set aside about $65,000 for the state Health Department to monitor a project and develop standards. Companies targeting the rich Bakken shale formation in western North Dakota get more than crude oil when ...

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Judge supports Sandpiper pipeline in northern Minnesota

Enbridge Energy’s plans for a new pipeline to carry North Dakota crude oil across northern Minnesota got a major boost Monday when an administrative judge concluded that the Sandpiper project is needed — and that other proposed routes are not as good. The finding by Administrative Law Judge Eric Lipman is not the final word on the $2.6 billion proposed ...

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Oil slowdown means Bismarck city road projects costing less

BISMARCK, N.D. — The slowdown in oil activity in the oil patch might help the city of Bismarck save some money on road projects. KMXB-TV reports the city’s engineering department has around $20 million worth of construction projects are planned for the next year. Linda Oster with the city says about $16 million will be spent on maintaining and resurfacing roads ...

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Montana lifts fish advisory downstream of oil spill

BILLINGS, Mont. — Montana wildlife officials have lifted an advisory urging people to use caution when eating fish caught downstream of an oil pipeline break along the Yellowstone River near Glendive. The January 17 spill along a line owned by Bridger Pipeline LLC released 30,000-gallons of oil into the river. Most of the crude was not recovered. The advisory was ...

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House panel guts funds for North Dakota rail safety program

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota House budget writers have stripped funding for a state-run rail safety program intended to supplement federal oversight of burgeoning oil train traffic after a string of accidents involving trains carrying crude. The Public Service Commission had requested $972,000 in the next two-year budget cycle to fund the program that included two rail safety inspectors and ...

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From the East Coast, Bakken Oil’s outlook not so bad

PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania – Doom and gloom over production declines, and a rapid decline in oil-field jobs has many people worried in North Dakota, but the outlook sketched in by analysts and energy leaders in Denver, Colorado, at the recent DUG Bakken/Niobrara Conference sponsored by Houston-based Hart Energy, presented a different picture. “Keep Calm and Drill On,” the slogan emblazoned on the ...

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North Dakota officials expect NAWS legal battle to drag on

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota officials believe a federal study of a large Missouri River water project in the state has adequately addressed fears of environmental harm in the state of Missouri and the Canadian province of Manitoba. However, they’re still resigned to the likely continuation of a drawn-out legal fight that has already delayed the Northwest Area Water Supply ...

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4th quarter taxable sales increase nearly 17 percent

BISMARCK, N.D. — Taxable sales and purchases in North Dakota during the fourth quarter of last year increased nearly 17 percent from the final three months of 2013. Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger says taxable sales and purchases in October, November and December 2014 totaled $7.9 billion. He says the strong growth is “remarkable” given the declining oil prices during those ...

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Place your bets: Making long-term investments in the Bakken

The decline in oil prices and dropping rig count have caused hushed whispers and speculations of an impending ‘bust,’ but despite these factors, major players are continuing to put their chips on the table, betting with confidence on the future of the Bakken. The Williston Herald reports that many companies are now looking to long-term investments. Among the deals that ...

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