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Leader of Bakken Strike Force crime unit named

The leader of the recently formed Bakken Strike Force crime unit has been announced, reports the Bismarck Tribune. Supervising the prosecutors and law enforcement officers will be Assistant U.S. Attorney Rick Volk based out of Bismarck, North Dakota. Comprised of local, state and federal law officers, the Strike Force has been charged with the task of investigating and prosecuting the ...

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Proposed Shell plant would generate own power-a lot of it

MONACA, Pa. — A proposed petrochemical plant in western Pennsylvania would use — and generate — a substantial amount of power. The Beaver County Times reports that Shell Chemicals’ ethane cracker plant proposed for Potter and Center townships in Beaver County would likely require more than 100 megawatts of electricity to operate. That would power 100,000 homes at any given moment, ...

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Update: Drilling in Pennsylvania forests

In 2012, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) conducted its first assessment on Marcellus Shale development in Pennsylvania’s state forests and found development is “neither benign nor catastrophic.” On Thursday, the DCNR released an updated report of Marcellus Shale development in state forests that covers all the way through 2014.  Secretary Cindy Dunn commented on the department’s newest ...

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EQT Midstream Partners and Range Resources are teaming up

It’s official, EQT Midstream Partners LP and Range Resources Appalachia LLC have entered a definitive agreement together to construct a natural gas header pipeline. The pipeline will be located in southwestern Pennsylvania and will support Range Resources dry development in the Marcellus and Utica Shale formations.  It will provide over half a billion cubic feet per day of firm capacity ...

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Profit falls at EQT on low shale gas prices

A 40 percent drop in natural gas prices is eroding profits at EQT Corp. despite continued increases in production. Net income at the Downtown-based company fell by 95 percent to $5.5 million, or 4 cents per share, during the quarter that ended June 30, compared to $110.9 million, or 73 cents per share, during the same period last year, EQT ...

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Supervisors take a pass on anti-pipeline resolution

NEVADA — County supervisors took no action Tuesday on a request to pass a resolution taking a symbolic stand against Texas-based Dakota Access LLC’s plans for a crude oil pipeline proposed to cross through about 14 miles of Story County. The request, from the nonpartisan League of Women Voters of Ames and Story County, was submitted with a draft resolution ...

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Louisiana editorial roundup

Recent editorials from Louisiana newspapers: July 21 The Advocate, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on wood pellets as renewable energy source: While he’s typically called the state’s agriculture commissioner, veterinarian Michael Strain is actually head of the state Department of Agriculture and Forestry. That last part is why he has been so enthusiastic about the impact of a growing industry for Louisiana’s ...

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ND oil patch county cracks down on new crew camps

WILLISTON, N.D. — The Williams County Commission has adopted new rules that are intended to phase out temporary housing, including crew camps, RV and trailer parks and modular homes. The Williston Herald reports the commission voted Tuesday to adopt the new guidelines that put restrictions on new or renewed applications for temporary housing starting Aug. 1. Commissioners say they don’t ...

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Oil, saltwater spill reported at well site near Parshall

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota regulators say 20 barrels of oil and 246 barrels of saltwater spilled at a well site near Parshall. Officials say the spill was reported Wednesday by Houston-based EOG Resources, which owns the well. The company says the oil and saltwater was contained and recovered at the site, about four miles southwest of Parshall. The company ...

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Donald Trump asked to speak at Williston’s Bakken Energy Festival

Donald Trump might be paying a visit to Williston if event organizers behind an upcoming oil industry festival get their wish. As reported by the Williston Herald, the people behind the Bakken Energy Festival have taken to social media to call on Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump to come visit the town nicknamed “Boomtown USA.” The campaign was launched Monday ...

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