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MDU eyes Minot area for second diesel refinery

MDU eyes Minot area for second diesel refinery

BISMARCK, N.D. – Developers of a nearly completed diesel refinery near Dickinson are eyeing the Minot area as the potential site for a similar plant.

November 21, 2014 3:59 pm Photos

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Former Bakken oil worker files lawsuit about overtime pay

FARGO, N.D. — A worker in the North Dakota oil patch says his employer illegally classified him and other employees as independent contractors to avoid paying taxes and employee benefits.

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Wyoming rig count up 25 percent since June

CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming’s drilling fleet has grown 25 percent since June, with the state adding two more rigs last week to bring the total number to 62.

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More families reuniting with breadwinners in Bakken

More families reuniting with breadwinners in Bakken

DICKINSON, N.D. — Job postings around the Oil Patch list the usual: pay, location, duties. But an attractive offer amid a housing crunch can be that of a place to live.

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2 factors could hurt Bakken oil production

2 factors could hurt Bakken oil production

BISMARCK, N.D. — The state’s top oil and gas industry regulator told lawmakers Wednesday the state’s oil production is poised to continue increasing although oil prices and the state’s clamping down on flaring could cause negative impacts.

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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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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.

April 29, 2014 12:01 am Photos

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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.

April 24, 2014 6:59 am Photos

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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."

April 22, 2014 2:28 pm Photos

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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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