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PSC approves 2 small pipeline projects in McKenzie County

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota regulators have approved siting permits for two small pipeline projects in McKenzie County. Hiland Crude plans a 13-mile crude oil pipeline, and Caliber Midstream Partners plans a 4.4-mile liquid natural gas pipeline. The state Public Service Commission says the pipelines will be valuable pieces of infrastructure in the western oil patch. In related news, Pipeline that ...

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US agency: Oil company could have prevented ND worker death

WILLISTON, N.D. — A Houston-based oil company could have prevented a 28-year-old Alabama man’s death by properly maintaining the water hauling tank that exploded while he was working in it in North Dakota, federal safety investigators said Wednesday. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced that it has issued one willful and four serious safety citations against Nabors Completion and ...

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Pipeline that leaked into Montana river was split at weld

BILLINGS, Mont. — A Montana pipeline that spilled 30,000 gallons of oil had been split at the site of an exposed weld where the line crosses beneath the Yellowstone River, officials said, prompting a warning for pipeline companies nationwide to take precautions against flooding. The damaged section of the 12-inch pipeline that crosses the Yellowstone upstream of the city of ...

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Public comments sought on final NAWS environmental study

BISMARCK, N.D. — The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation is calling for more stringent water treatment in its final environmental study for the Northwest Area Water Supply project. The report released Tuesday is another step in the long-delayed project to bring Missouri River water to residents of northwestern North Dakota. NAWS was first authorized by Congress nearly three decades ago, in ...

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North Dakota might help solve Aberdeen workforce woes

Part of the answer to Aberdeen’s workforce shortage could come in the form of manpower from North Dakota’s oil patch — just not from the demographic most might think. Speaking after a community workforce forum Tuesday at Northern State University, Aberdeen Development Corp. workforce development coordinator Kati Bachmayer said the corporation is interested in reaching out to western North Dakota ...

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Bakken Shale: Alive and well, analysts say

The Bakken and Niobrara Shale formations are alive and well, for the most part. At last week’s DUG Bakken and Niobrara conference, analysts were present to talk with industry leaders and relayed some of the annual event’s key takeaways to The Akron Beacon Journal. Market analysts Tim Rezvan and Truman Hobbs from Sterne Agee, one of the oldest and largest ...

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Swinomish sue to get Bakken oil trains off tribal lands

The Swinomish Indian Tribal Community on Tuesday went to federal court to block BNSF Railway from sending 100-car oil trains through reservation lands, claiming the company is violating an easement that sharply restricts rail traffic. The easement signed by the railway’s predecessor company in 1991 permits only two trains a day of 25 cars or less from transiting the reservation. ...

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Broken pipeline that spilled into Yellowstone to be removed

BILLINGS, Mont. — The company responsible for a 30,000-gallon oil spill into Montana’s Yellowstone River will try to remove its breached pipeline Wednesday as regulators investigate the cause of the accident that contaminated downstream water supplies. The broken section of pipeline will be sent to a laboratory for a metallurgical analysis as required under a federal order, Bridger Pipeline spokesman ...

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ND Senate approves changes to oil tax distribution formula

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota’s Senate has approved a revamped formula to distribute a portion of the state’s oil and gas production tax revenue. The Senate voted 47-0 on Monday to change the formula. The fund currently sets aside 75 percent of some oil tax revenues for the state and 25 percent for local governments. North Dakota’s House in February ...

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Frac sand industry feels the effects of low oil prices, less drilling

Low oil prices and reduced drilling in shale regions like North Dakota are hurting the once fast-growing frac sand industry, slashing demand and forcing price cuts that have led some players to reduce jobs. U.S. sand mines, including 63 in Wisconsin and six in Minnesota, are projected to ship significantly less sand to oil drillers in 2015, compared with last ...

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