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Nearly 19,000 gallons of saltwater spills north of Tioga

BISMARCK, N.D. — The state Department of Health says a pipeline has leaked nearly 19,000 gallons of saltwater in northwest North Dakota. The pipeline owned by Continental Resources ruptured after it was struck by equipment excavating at the site about 16 miles north of Tioga. The 450-gallon saltwater, or brine, spill was contained to the excavated area near the pipeline. ...

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Oil company to pay $2M for illegal well in North Dakota

FARGO, N.D. — A Norway-based oil company that illegally operated a well in North Dakota that was established by another company has agreed to pay a nearly $2 million settlement to avoid legal action in the case. Authorities say the well was drilled in December 2011 on unleased federal land about two weeks after Statoil Oil & Gas Services Inc. ...

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FBI formally announces permanent Williston office

WILLISTON, N.D. — The FBI has formally announced that it will establish a regional office in the western North Dakota oil patch. The federal agency says it anticipates the Williston office will be fully staffed and operational later this year. FBI spokesman Kyle Loven says it’s unclear how many agents will be stationed there but that it will likely have ...

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Hoeven: Keystone backers will find way to approve pipeline

BISMARCK, N.D. — Republican U.S. Sen. John Hoeven says a failed attempt to override the president’s veto of the Keystone XL pipeline will not deter him from pushing to get the project approved. The Senate voted 62-37 Wednesday to override President Barack Obama’s veto of the bill. Proponents needed a two-thirds majority. Hoeven, the chief sponsor, says pipeline supporters didn’t ...

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Oil field alliance working to develop safety standards

BISMARCK, N.D. — State and federal agencies are working with members of the oil and gas industry to develop safety standards to better protect oil patch workers who are exposed to dangerous gases while in the field. The state of North Dakota, officials in the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and MonDaks Safety Network formed an alliance recently to improve ...

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Oasis updates Bakken plans for 2015

For the coming year, Oasis Petroleum (NYSE: OAS) is changing its focus from production to business management to better weather the current oil price climate, reports The Bakken Magazine. In 2014 the company produced an average of 45,656 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boe/d) compared to 2013’s figures of 33,904 boped, a 35 percent increase. During last year’s fourth ...

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Oil and gas lease sale garners $1.50 per acre

BILLINGS, Mont. — Montana officials say companies paid an average of $1.50 per acre during a sale of state-owned mineral rights for oil and gas exploration. The Department of Natural Resources and Conservation says more than 35,000 acres were leased in Tuesday’s sale. Total revenue from the 78 tracts sold was less than $53,000. The leases included parcels in Custer, ...

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Bakken LNG plant expands processing capacity

The only processing plant in North Dakota that converts natural gas byproducts into motor fuel is planning to increase its capacity, reports The Bismarck Tribune. Located outside Tioga, North Dakota LNG began processing gas last September and is approaching the facility’s second phase of development. The company recently completed an expansion that will increase its processing capacity from the original ...

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ND Census office: Dip in oil prices doesn’t change projections

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota Census officials say the recent drop in oil prices have not affected its population projections. Office manager Kevin Iverson says he expects the state’s population to reach 800,000 within the next five years, or more than 60,000 people who currently live in the state. The Bismarck Tribune reports that North Dakota’s population peaked around the time ...

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Reality hits North Dakota’s pricey apartment market; rents drop

It is getting cheaper to rent an apartment in North Dakota’s oil patch. Prices, which only last year rivaled levels in New York City and Geneva, have slipped about 15 to 20 percent in the past two months as dozens of new apartment buildings opened in Williston, Watford City and other oil hub cities. Growth in demand has slipped because ...

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