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More time granted on saltwater disposal well hearing

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By Brian Gehring A company planning to build a saltwater disposal well near the boundary of Theodore Roosevelt National Park’s north unit says it will meet with opponents of the plan before proceeding. Horizon Oilfield Services had filed for a permit with the Department of Mineral Resources Oil and Gas Division to site the disposal well just off U.S. Highway 85 ...

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Enbridge, WBI Energy make progress on proposed pipeline projects

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By Kelsy Johnson for the Bismarck Tribune Transportation of crude and natural gas remains an important issue for producers in the Bakken. Two energy companies are making progress on projects that will increase the state’s pipeline capacity. Enbridge Energy Partners is working through the regulatory permitting process on an oil transmission line that expands their current system and may receive ...

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Redefining the profitable Bakken

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Brian Kroshus, Publisher When the first vertical oil well was successfully drilled and completed in the Williston Basin in the early ’50s near Tioga, no one at the time would have been able to fully comprehend the sheer magnitude of the oil play lying below them. Based on conventional knowledge, the discovery of oil itself was cause for headlines, an ...

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Town passes comprehensive plan, fracking ban

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The town of Oneonta this week adopted a comprehensive plan and an anti-fracking law, officials said Thursday. The Oneonta Town Board continued public hearings Wednesday night on the measures because of a snow storm that hindered attendance at a meeting earlier this month. During the continued hearing, three speakers addressed the comprehensive plan and four spoke about the ban on ...

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Second crude oil train safety check finds minor problems

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ALBANY — Three Capital Region rail yards were the latest targets in an ongoing “inspection blitz” touted Thursday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo that aims to reduce risks of potential derailments and explosions of massive crude oil trains that are passing through the state. State and federal inspectors hit the sprawling West Albany yard, just south of Interstate 90; the Kenwood ...

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Schwank promotes natural gas tax as way to boost state coffers

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With the desolate lot where an ICI Paints plant once stood as her backdrop, state Sen. Judy Schwank promoted charging a severance tax on natural gas drilling in Pennsylvania. The proposed 5 percent tax would generate $720 million in state revenue for the 2014-15 budget year, with $195 million to be pumped into efforts to create jobs and stabilize the ...

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Work crews focused on cleaning tar balls off Matagorda Island coast

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CORPUS CHRISTI — Federal and state crews were working Thursday to clear tar balls spawned by the Galveston Bay oil spill from a 12-mile stretch of Gulf-side beach on Matagorda Island, about 12 miles south of Matagorda Island Wildlife Management Area. An overflight assessment of the oil showed an affected stretch running from 12 miles south of Pass Cavallo to ...

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Houston Ship Channel reopens after oil spill; fine discussed for barge operator

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GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — The barge operator that spilled nearly 170,000 gallons of tar-like oil into the Houston Ship Channel, closing one of the nation’s busiest seaports for several days, will be fined by Texas regulators regardless of the outcome of state and federal investigations. Investigators are still trying to pinpoint the cause of last weekend’s accident involving a barge owned ...

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Crews preparing to enter underground nuke dump

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CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — The Department of Energy said Thursday it expects to get underground next week to begin investigating the cause and extent of a mysterious radiation leak from the government’s nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico. Officials said the inspections of the shafts that workers will use to access the half-mile-deep repository are complete and they are ...

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Jindal announces deal reached in ‘legacy lawsuits’

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BATON ROUGE, La. — The oil and gas industry and landowners said Thursday they have reached a compromise in long-running disputes over how to handle the clean-up of environmental damage done in drilling years ago. Gov. Bobby Jindal announced the legislative proposal, surrounded by industry leaders, lawmakers and representatives of some of the largest landowners involved in the lawsuits. The bill ...

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