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Congress' defense spending bill includes a provision to streamline oil and gas permits

CASPER, Wyo. — Congress approved a little-noticed provision aimed at streamlining oil and gas permits on federal land as part of a $585 billion defense spending bill on Friday.

December 16, 2014 8:30 amLoading…
Bakken flaring rate drops below imposed threshold

Bakken flaring rate drops below imposed threshold

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota’s oil industry is coming in even lower than the targets set by new rules that require reducing the amount of natural gas burned off as a byproduct of oil production, the state’s top energy regulator said Friday.

December 12, 2014 4:50 pmLoading…
Crude tumble raises prospects of layoffs in oil fields

Crude tumble raises prospects of layoffs in oil fields

CASPER, Wyo. — American crude fell below $60 a barrel Thursday for the first time since 2009, raising the prospects of layoffs in Wyoming’s oil patch as companies rush to cut costs.

December 11, 2014 5:15 pmLoading…
Activists call for probe into state’s oil industry regulation, waste handling

Activists call for probe into state’s oil industry regulation, waste handling

BISMARCK, N.D. – Environmental activists called Friday for a state investigation into what they say is North Dakota’s failure to enforce state rules and regulations for the oil industry as identified in a New York Times report last weekend.

November 28, 2014 2:00 pm Related Loading…
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.

September 25, 2014 1:26 pmLoading…
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.

April 30, 2014 2:59 pm Related Loading…
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.

February 02, 2014 12:15 amLoading…
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.

January 03, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
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…

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