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Oil Production

Oil production in the Powder River Basin more than doubles in five years

CASPER, Wyo. — Oil production in the Powder River Basin more than doubled during the past five years, the U.S. Energy Information Agency reported Monday, confirming a trend many observers had long suspected.

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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.

July 14, 2014 3:19 pmLoading…
N.D. governor urges building of more oil, gas pipelines

N.D. governor urges building of more oil, gas pipelines

BISMARCK, N.D. — Gov. Jack Dalrymple urged industry and government officials on Tuesday to build more pipelines to keep pace with the breakneck speed of North Dakota's oil production.

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Guest opinion: Drilling IT benefits economy, environment

Credit for the continuing success of America’s shale oil and gas boom goes primarily to new technology and new applications of existing technology.

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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



Officials: Canadian oil won't hurt ND production

BISMARCK, N.D. — The proposed but controversial multibillion-dollar pipelines that would bring a flood of Canadian tar sands oil to the U.S. likely won’t hinder North Dakota’s soaring crude production, state and industry officials say.

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Ups and Downs:

STD boom. North Dakota public health officials reported “drastic” increases in reported cases of syphilis and gonorrhea last year. The incidence of these two sexually transmitted diseases outstrips the increase in population and is not limited to the western region of the state where oil pr…

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Bakken boom trails into Billings

Bakken boom trails into Billings

Montana’s oil production held steady last year, but North Dakota pumped 60 percent more crude than in 2011.

December 22, 2013 12:15 amLoading…

Saltwater leak on Mont.-ND border cleaned up

BISMARCK, N.D. — A Texas company has completed cleanup of a massive saltwater spill on the Montana-North Dakota border, regulators said Wednesday.

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Wyoming oil production up in 2012 but still down historically

CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming oil production is on the upswing after decades of decline, but recent production is still nowhere near the state’s all-time peak.

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Federal Reserve sees moderate economic growth for region

Expect moderate economic growth this year, compared to 2012, in the six Midwestern and Rocky Mountain states that make up the Federal Reserve Bank’s Ninth District. In its latest survey of economic conditions, the Minneapolis Fed concluded:

January 27, 2013 12:15 amLoading…
US may soon become world's top oil producer

US may soon become world's top oil producer

NEW YORK — U.S. oil output is surging so fast that the United States could soon overtake Saudi Arabia as the world's biggest producer.

October 23, 2012 5:00 pmLoading…
Study: N.D. oil output may jump threefold by 2025

Study: N.D. oil output may jump threefold by 2025

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota's oil production could be more than 2 million barrels a day by 2025 — about three times the current rate — according to a state-funded study released Wednesday.

July 25, 2012 6:06 pmLoading…

Guest opinion: Resident taxpayers asked to subsidize oil drilling

My husband, Steve, and I believe capitalism motivates innovation. We raise and market grass-fed beef and lamb and try to make a profit at our business.

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North Dakota jumps to No.2 in oil production, surpassing Alaska, California

North Dakota jumps to No.2 in oil production, surpassing Alaska, California

North Dakota has passed Alaska to become the second-leading oil-producing state in the nation, trailing only Texas.

May 21, 2012 10:40 am

Guest opinion: Federal subsidies transfer wealth from taxpayers to oil drillers

Nearly every month over the past three years, oil production from North Dakota's Bakken shale set a new record. Today, companies are extracting more than half a million barrels daily, surpassing California as the third-largest oil-producing state behind Alaska and Texas.

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MDU to spend $25 million drilling in Richland County

Despite a warm winter, MDU Resources Group reported its earnings for the first quarter of this year were 19 cents per share, compared to 23 cents last year.

May 01, 2012 9:15 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…
Oasis Petroleum CEO Tom Nusz

Oasis Petroleum CEO Tom Nusz

Oasis Petroleum chief executive Tommy Nusz addresses the lunchtime audience as energy related businesses fill the MetraPark Expo Center for the first Montana Energy 2012 conference on Tuesday.

April 03, 2012 3:15 pmLoading…
Tractor and Equipment Company

Tractor and Equipment Company

Kraig Pester, left, of Tractor & Equipment Company talks with Carl Baltrusch, of Agricultural Express of Billings and Mike Waldenberg, of Central Plumbing & Heating in Great Falls at the two-day energy conference in Billings.

April 03, 2012 3:15 pmLoading…

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