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Company finds natural gas in southeastern N.D.

BISMARCK, N.D. — A company exploring for natural gas outside of western North Dakota's oil patch says it has found the resource but is far from determining whether it would be economical to start production.

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Wyoming delays on new air quality rules for Pinedale

Wyoming delays on new air quality rules for Pinedale

CASPER, Wyo. — A state advisory board moved last week to delay recommending a proposed air quality rule for natural gas facilities in the Upper Green River Basin, saying regulators need to consider concerns raised by industry and environmentalists.

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Bakken oil production up, flaring dips

Bakken oil production up, flaring dips

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota oil production ramped up by another 36,000 barrels per day in May, pushing daily production solidly above the 1 million barrel milestone it narrowly eclipsed the previous month.

July 15, 2014 10:36 am Photos

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North Dakota natural gas processing plant gets OK

BISMARCK, N.D. — A natural gas processing plant announced last year by a major natural gas company operating in North Dakota was given the green light by state regulators Thursday.

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N.D. regulators adopt natural gas flaring rules

N.D. regulators adopt natural gas flaring rules

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota regulators have adopted the most stringent rules to date aimed at reducing the amount of natural gas that is burned off and wasted as a byproduct of the state's soaring oil production.

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Airport traffic rerouted after gas line cut

Airport traffic rerouted after gas line cut

Traffic entering Billings Logan International Airport was rerouted after a construction crew accidentally cut a natural gas line Monday afternoon.

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North Dakota starts natural gas capturing plans

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota oil companies must submit a gas capturing plan with their drilling permits beginning this month in an attempt to cut down the amount of natural gas that is burned off and wasted as a byproduct of oil production.

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Keeping up with technology in oil country

Keeping up with technology in oil country

BISMARCK, N.D. — Mark Peterson is one of several entrepreneurs touting a new technology meant to reduce natural gas flaring and add value to mineral rights owners. However, there’s no way for him or mineral owners to know whether proper royalties were paid between the time the units started …

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Compressor stations pictured in May 2011

Compressor stations pictured in May 2011

Compressor stations pictured in May 2011 at the Williams natural gas pipeline hub in Opal, Wyo. The facility and the town of Opal were evacuated Wednesday afternoon after an explosion and fire.

April 23, 2014 6:25 pm
Natural gas is flared from an oil well

Natural gas is flared from an oil well

Natural gas is flared from an oil well near Parshall, N.D. A University of North Dakota researcher says that about 270 oil wells are responsible for 60 percent of all the natural gas flaring in the state.

April 22, 2014 4:14 pm

Wyoming to study setback requirements for oil and gas operations

CASPER, Wyo. — Oil-and-gas operations might be pushed farther from homes, schools and other residential buildings under a rule change being considered by Wyoming regulators.

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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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Crow Tribe pursues scaled down fuel plant

Crow Tribe pursues scaled down fuel plant

Montana’s Crow Tribe is pursuing a scaled-down proposal to build a plant converting coal and natural gas to liquid fuels after an earlier project stalled because of its high price tag, tribal leaders said Thursday.

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Hearing set for input on ND gas flaring policy

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota regulators have scheduled a public hearing later this month on a new plan to reduce the flaring of natural gas in the western oil fields.

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Natural gas reserves fall to 11-year low; Wyoming may benefit

Natural gas reserves fall to 11-year low; Wyoming may benefit

CASPER, Wyo. — Natural gas inventories nationwide reached an 11-year low during the second week of March, the U.S. Energy Information Administration reported Thursday, in what industry analysts said could be a boon for Wyoming.

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Guest opinion: Cleaner electricity generators must replace coal

In his Feb. 26 guest opinion, John Roeber praises Montana’s history of “balancing” our love of the land with our extraction of mineral riches. He writes, “That balance is our ‘third way,’ where extremist positions take a back seat to pragmatism.”

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Architect Scott Atwood

Architect Scott Atwood

Architect Scott Atwood talks with the owner of the land and building that Canyon Creek Brewery occupies about the efficiency of the radiant-heating system installed in the floors. The owner wants to remain a silent partner in the business.

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Ron Kalvig works brewing beer in the Canyon Creek Brewery

Ron Kalvig works brewing beer in the Canyon Creek Brewery

Ron Kalvig starts another batch of craft beer in his newly opened Canyon Creek Brewery. He said the building is too new to fully know his what his heating and cooling costs will be.

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Chill bill

Chill bill

On Feb. 6, when temperatures hit 23 below zero, both Montana State University Billings and MetraPark felt the bite of their gas bill.

February 23, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Turning trash into gas at the Billings landfill

Turning trash into gas at the Billings landfill

Montana-Dakota Utilities landfill gas operations specialist Michael Ogburn explains how they extract natural gas created as the trash in the landfill breaks down below the dirt.

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