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Bakken Formation

Engineering firm rides Bakken wave to downtown Billings expansion

Engineering firm rides Bakken wave to downtown Billings expansion

Just two years ago, Anvil Corp. was a sleepy little engineering firm on the Billings West End that focused on design for the oil and gas industry in Yellowstone County.

September 21, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Culbertson, other towns, rush to keep pace with Bakken spillover

Culbertson, other towns, rush to keep pace with Bakken spillover

CULBERTSON — No vacancy. Road closed. Help wanted. It’s hard to find a street in this tiny northeast Montana farm town without at least one, if not all three, signs on display.

May 10, 2014 12:15 am Photos

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Guest opinion: Bullock's new, old borrowing plan for Eastern Montana

Eastern Montana is seeing unprecedented growth as a result of the Bakken development. This impact comes not only from drilling and related activities in Montana, but also from “spillover” into Montana from North Dakota. These impacts are real, they are in many cases severe, and they need addressing.

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Advocate gives Obama Administration 'incomplete' on energy policy

Advocate gives Obama Administration 'incomplete' on energy policy

Oil-and-gas production from unconventional sources such as the prolific Bakken shale has exploded, and the U.S. now produces more oil than it imports.

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Bullock wants FBI to keep employees on Montana side of Bakken

Bullock wants FBI to keep employees on Montana side of Bakken

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock has joined other elected officials in calling for the FBI to establish a permanent presence in the eastern part of the state to watch over the Bakken oil patch.

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40 Under Forty: Casey Anderson, president/CEO Brara Geo

40 Under Forty: Casey Anderson, president/CEO Brara Geo

Finding oil in the Bakken oil play has been compared to hitting a bull’s-eye from 1,000 yards away. You have to drill 10,000 feet below the surface and at some point turn the bit 90 degrees, steering it to a horizontal plane until it hits an oil-bearing formation somewhere between 10 and 20 …

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Gazette opinion: Explosions show rail cars must be made safer

Gazette opinion: Explosions show rail cars must be made safer

The denial must end. For the sake of Americans and Canadians who live near rail lines transporting Bakken crude, government and industry must deliver a higher level of safety.

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Guest opinion: Inevitable community changes of oil development

Here is a lesson for all my fellow Montanans living east of the Rocky Mountain Front, especially those in the Beartooth Front. I’m a resident of Savage, which is well within the Bakken formation. I have lived here since 1986 and observed the influx of the oil industry.

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BNSF opens economic development office in Billings to address Montana growth

BNSF opens economic development office in Billings to address Montana growth

Responding to growth in Montana’s oil, coal and agriculture economies, Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad on Tuesday opened an economic development office in Billings.

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Oil is loaded onto rail cars

Oil is loaded onto rail cars

In addition to oil wells dotting the landscape, the infrastructure needed to move oil and equipment is changing the face of western North Dakota and Eastern Montana. Here, oil is loaded onto rail cars for transport in the Bakken oil fields near Trenton, N.D.

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Water trucks line up to fill tanks

Water trucks line up to fill tanks

Water trucks line up to fill tanks for a fracking job in North Dakota. Hydraulic fracturing — or fracking — has boosted production in the Bakken.

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An oil pump is surrounded by sunflowers

An oil pump is surrounded by sunflowers

A lone oil pump is surrounded by sunflowers near Williston, N.D.

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Oil wells sprout from farmland

Oil wells sprout from farmland

Oil wells sprout from farmland along the Missouri River south of Williston.

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The sun rises on an oil well

The sun rises on an oil well

The sun rises on an oil well and tank battery south of Williston, N.D., in this aerial view of Bakken oil field activity in North Dakota.

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The Killdeer Mountains form a backdrop

The Killdeer Mountains form a backdrop

The Killdeer Mountains form a backdrop for drilling and workover rigs.

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Oil wells are drilled in a row

Oil wells are drilled in a row

Oil wells drilled in a row just outside of Watford City dwarf the North Dakota town in the middle of the Bakken oil play.

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Frack water and oil storage tanks

Frack water and oil storage tanks

A sea of fracking water and oil storage tanks glisten in the sun near Watford City, N.D.

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Drilling and workover rigs

Drilling and workover rigs

Thousands of tons of radioactive waste is created every year by Bakken oil development and state health regulators signed off Wednesday on a risk assessment study that could allow some of it to be buried in North Dakota landfills.

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A fracking operation is under way

A fracking operation is under way

A hydraulic fracturing operation under way in the Bakken oil field near Williston transforms the landscape. The practice of fracking involves pumping pressurized water and a mixture of chemicals into oil wells to fracture open deposits.

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