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Lightning a threat to ND saltwater disposal sites

Lightning a threat to ND saltwater disposal sites

WILLISTON, N.D. — Three massive fires since the beginning of June have highlighted the threat lightning poses in the North Dakota oil patch, and in each case it was tanks that store the toxic saltwater associated with drilling — not the oil wells or drilling rigs — that were to blame.

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Updated oil production numbers show more records

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota oil drillers produced an average of about 1.04 million barrels of oil a day in May.

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Nearly half of Wyoming oil, gas wells uninspected

Nearly half of Wyoming oil, gas wells uninspected

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Almost half of all newly drilled oil and gas wells considered high pollution risks in Wyoming weren't inspected over a recent three-year period, according to an Associated Press review of federal data.

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N.D. regulator calls Bakken 'an exclusive club'

N.D. regulator calls Bakken 'an exclusive club'

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota's top energy industry regulator says he expects April's oil production figures to be over 1 million barrels daily.

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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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Oil and gas commission stops approving drilling permits verbally

Oil and gas commission stops approving drilling permits verbally

CASPER, Wyo. — Earlier this week, the Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission posted a message on its website: The agency will no longer verbally approve drilling permits.

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Wreck of Bakken oil train brings demands for more regulation

Wreck of Bakken oil train brings demands for more regulation

LYNCHBURG, Va. — The latest in a string of fiery oil-train wrecks brought renewed demands Thursday that the Obama administration quickly tighten regulations governing the burgeoning practice of transporting highly combustible crude by rail.

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Bakken oil fields mark billionth barrel of oil

Bakken oil fields mark billionth barrel of oil

BISMARCK, N.D. — Oil drillers targeting the rich Bakken shale formation in western North Dakota and Eastern Montana have produced 1 billion barrels of crude, data from the two states show.

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Watford City has pains of Bakken boom town on its 100th birthday

Watford City has pains of Bakken boom town on its 100th birthday

WATFORD CITY, N.D. — When Brent Sanford graduated high school nearly 25 years ago, his tiny prairie town seemed to be withering away. Storefronts were shuttered, senior classes shrinking, families packing up and moving out. He joined the exodus.

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Guest opinion: Good neighbor agreements take 2 sides

Thanks, Gazette editorial board (“Getting along with Beartooth neighbors,” April 3), for highlighting a solution that could resolve community concerns around oil and gas development on the Beartooth Front: a happy medium where a healthy environment and industrial development can coexist, sim…

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Contractor begins cleanup of N.D. oil field waste

Contractor begins cleanup of N.D. oil field waste

NOONAN, N.D. — A company hired by the state says it has removed the illegally dumped radioactive oil field waste from an abandoned building in Noonan.

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N.D. oil companies fight plan to slow production

N.D. oil companies fight plan to slow production

BISMARCK, N.D. — Dr. Lyle Best traveled nearly 200 miles from the heart of North Dakota's oil patch Tuesday to tell state regulators one thing: "Slow down."

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FAA head visits N.D. airport strained by oil boom

WILLISTON, N.D. — North Dakota state and local officials hosted the head of the Federal Aviation Administration in Williston on Monday to push their case for federal assistance and funding for infrastructure development at several airports strained by the state's oil boom.

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Bullock's Bakken aid proposal needs approval from Legislature

Bullock's Bakken aid proposal needs approval from Legislature

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock has a $45-million plan to help communities overwhelmed by the oil boom, but it will take significant buy-in from legislators who rejected a similar plan in 2013.

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Opponents carve anti-pipeline message into field

Opponents carve anti-pipeline message into field

NELIGH, Neb. — Opponents of a proposed pipeline that would carry oil from Canada south to the Gulf Coast have stamped a massive message of resistance into a Nebraska field that is in the project's path.

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Semis outside a new hotel in Williston

Semis outside a new hotel in Williston

Trucks sit in a parking lot outside one of many newer multistory hotels in Williston, N.D. Williston is the hub for the Bakken shale fields oil boom in North Dakota. Because of a housing shortage, the hotels often serve as temporary housing for oil workers. Big money is raining down in small…

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A bar in Alexander, N.D.

A bar in Alexander, N.D.

A patron walks into a bar in Alexander, N.D.. The Bakken region, which includes northwest North Dakota, is known for its nightlife and drinking scene. Law enforcement officials say the region has had a growing crime problem, much of it related to drug and alcohol abuse. 

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A drug-related assault took place behind this home

A drug-related assault took place behind this home

A trailer sits in the backyard of a home in Williston, N.D. Federal prosecutors said the area outside the home, including this intersection and trailers in the backyard, was the site of an August 2012 drug-related assault planned by a ring known as "The Family." During the incident, prosecut…

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Drug ring called 'The Family'

Drug ring called 'The Family'

This combination of undated images provided by the Williams County, N.D. Sheriff's Office shows, from left, Brian Dahl, also known as "Kodiak;" Jeffrey Jim Butler, also known as "Pops," and James Odeneal at the Williams County jail in Williston, N.D. Prosecutors say they are members of a Wil…

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Walmart paying $17 an hour

Walmart paying $17 an hour

A shopper walks next to a Walmart store in Williston, N.D., near a sign advertising a $17 hourly wage for new employees.

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