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Oil industry offers crude train testing standards

Oil industry offers crude train testing standards

The oil industry’s lead trade group released new standards on Thursday for testing and classifying crude shipped by rail after prior shipments were misclassified, including a train that derailed in Canada and killed 47 people.

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Bakken building boom

Bakken building boom

President Theodore Roosevelt once came to North Dakota's Badlands to find solitude and solace amid the area's "desolate, grim beauty." But Roosevelt's Dakota is barely visible today. The area's oil boom has resulted in an infrastructure-building frenzy as the rush for jobs and oil demands mo…

August 04, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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AFL-CIO: N.D. has highest worker death rate in U.S.

WILLISTON, N.D. — The nation's largest labor federation says North Dakota continues to have the highest worker death rate in the country, with 17.7 fatalities per 100,000 employees in 2012.

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U.S. government: Industry is hampering oil train safety

U.S. government: Industry is hampering oil train safety

U.S. transportation officials rebuked the oil industry Friday for not giving up information regulators say they need to gauge the danger of moving crude by rail, after several accidents highlighted the explosive properties of fuel from the booming oil shale fields on the Northern Plains.

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Employees weld and grind steel

Employees weld and grind steel

Rig Mats of America employees weld and grind steel frames that are part of the company's innovative rig mats.

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Employees weld steel frames on mats

Employees weld steel frames on mats

Rig Mats of America employees weld steel frames on mats in production at the company's facility on Cerise Road in Billings.

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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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Billings-owned Frac Daddy ready to run for the roses

Billings-owned Frac Daddy ready to run for the roses

By all accounts, it has been 124 years since Montana has been represented in the winner’s circle at the Kentucky Derby.

May 02, 2013 10:00 pm Photos

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Guest opinion: Legislature must address big needs of oil-impacted towns

From my home in Baker to Sidney to Billings, Eastern Montanans are living through the latest oil boom. Some impacts are from our neighbors to the east, and some are from within our own counties. With the nation focused on energy independence, Montana needs to realize that oil and gas develop…

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Oil industry group pushes Obama to OK pipeline

Oil industry group pushes Obama to OK pipeline

OMAHA, Neb. — The fight over a proposed pipeline to transport crude oil from Canada to Gulf Coast refineries has picked up again with groups on both sides putting pressure on President Barack Obama to either approve or reject the pipeline.

November 15, 2012 2:26 pmLoading…
New proposed Keystone XL pipeline route unveiled

New proposed Keystone XL pipeline route unveiled

LINCOLN, Neb. — Officials unveiled a new preferred route Thursday for the Nebraska portion of the stalled Keystone XL oil pipeline that avoids the state's groundwater-rich Sandhills region.

April 19, 2012 3:35 pmLoading…
Oil drillers pledge to clean up N.D. trash

Oil drillers pledge to clean up N.D. trash

BISMARCK, N.D. — A group representing companies working in North Dakota's booming oil patch announced an effort Tuesday to clean up the human waste, old tires and other trash littering the state's highways.

April 17, 2012 4:00 pmLoading…
Rehberg campaigns on tour of Montana businesses

Rehberg campaigns on tour of Montana businesses

HELENA — U.S. Rep. Denny Rehberg, during a Wednesday tour of state businesses, blamed Obama administration environmental rules for constraining economic growth.

April 04, 2012 5:45 pmLoading…

New process to expedite drilling on public lands

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration on Tuesday unveiled new procedures to speed up drilling on public lands, an area where Republicans and the oil industry have pressed the administration to do more to boost oil production and help drive down gasoline prices.

April 03, 2012 3:30 pmLoading…
Competition, economy prompt closure of fly-fishing shop

Competition, economy prompt closure of fly-fishing shop

Some fly fishermen obsessed with dreams of becoming master anglers reach their goals.

January 15, 2012 12:10 am Photos

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Oil industry chief warns Obama on Canada pipeline

WASHINGTON — The oil industry's top lobbyist warned the Obama administration Wednesday to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline or face "huge political consequences" in an election year.

January 04, 2012 3:10 pmLoading…

Oil industry, Brown important for Billings

I have watched the oil industry get trashed in this election cycle in Billings and have asked myself why? For over 30 years I have worked in the industry, in exploration, production, as a government regulator and service supplier.  In fact, over 4,500 people in Montana work in the petroleum …

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