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Updated: Five Bakken producers ordered to restrict production

Following North Dakota State’s implementation of new rules to reduce flaring, the North Dakota Oil and Gas Division is taking regulatory action on five oil and gas operators that are flaring more gas than the permitted amount, according to the Forum News Service (FNS). Beginning this month, these companies are required to decrease production to 100 barrels per day on ...

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Clock keeps ticking toward North Dakota oil tax break

The clock kept ticking in March on a potential $5.3 billion, two-year tax break for North Dakota’s oil industry after a state-calculated average of the month’s crude price fell below $52.59 per barrel. The state waives its 6.5 percent oil extraction tax if the monthly price of benchmark West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude at the Cushing, Oklahoma, transport hub falls ...

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North Dakota oil producers complying with new treatment rules

North Dakota’s oil producers are complying with new safety standards that went into effect on Wednesday to remove as many volatile gases from crude as possible, state officials told Reuters. The new rules require the more than 1.2 million barrels of oil extracted each day from the state’s Bakken shale formation be run through machines that remove ethane, propane and ...

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More than 21,000 gallons of saltwater leak in northwest ND

BISMARCK, N.D. — The state Department of Health says a pipeline that leaked about 21,000 gallons of saltwater in northwest North Dakota has impacted a nearby wetland. The pipeline owned by Oasis Petroleum LLC leaked approximately 500 barrels of saltwater, or brine, about 11 miles northwest of Powers Lake. The health department says 475 barrels of the spill have been ...

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Conditions prompt North Dakota governor to declare emergency

BISMARCK, N.D. — Gov. Jack Dalrymple has declared a fire emergency as wildfires continue to flare up around North Dakota. Dry conditions, unseasonably high temperatures and strong winds have led to several grass fires this week. The National Weather Service has issued red flag warnings for the entire southern portion of the state to alert residents that conditions are ideal ...

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Engineer of oil tanker train sues BNSF for Casselton crash

FARGO, N.D. — The engineer of an oil tanker train involved in a fiery derailment near Casselton in 2013 is suing BNSF Railway. The complaint filed Tuesday by Bryan Thompson, of Fargo, accuses the railroad of negligence. He says BNSF failed to properly inspect and maintain its equipment and failed to warn him of the dangers of hauling explosive oil ...

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North Dakota launches oil rules hoping to curb U.S. rail disasters

North Dakota will from Wednesday require the more-than 1.2 million barrels of crude extracted each day from the state’s Bakken shale formation be run through machines that remove volatile gases linked to recent crude-by-rail disasters. The controversial step is designed to abrogate the damage North Dakota crude oil – 70 percent of which is transported via rail – can cause ...

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Nearly 437,000 barrels of volatile Bakken Shale crude oil per day may pass through Ohio on trains

Ohioans have known for some time that numerous trains carrying highly volatile Bakken Shale crude oil pass through their neighborhoods each day en route to East Coast refineries. What they didn’t know, until Tuesday, was a number: as many as 437,000 barrels per day. That volume figure surfaced Tuesday when the federal government for the first time released monthly data ...

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