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Thousands of rail cars would be phased out under crude oil rules

Thousands of rail cars would be phased out under crude oil rules

WASHINGTON — Responding to a series of fiery train crashes, the government proposed rules Wednesday that would phase out tens of thousands of older tank cars that carry increasing quantities of crude oil and other highly flammable liquids through America's towns and cities.

July 23, 2014 9:25 am Photos

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Wyoming oil production steady through July

CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming oil’s slow and steady climb continued through the first half of 2014.

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Drug offenses, assault surge in Bakken counties

Drug offenses, assault surge in Bakken counties

Drug offenses, assault surge

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Oil by rail shipments up, but Wyoming lacks state plan

Oil by rail shipments up, but Wyoming lacks state plan

CASPER, Wyo. — A series of explosive accidents involving train cars hauling crude oil from North Dakota has prompted a national outcry for more information about the amount of oil traveling the country’s rail lines.

July 07, 2014 7:00 am Photos

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N.D. regulator wants state to monitor oil trains

N.D. regulator wants state to monitor oil trains

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota should employ its own railroad safety inspectors to help the federal government monitor crude oil shipments coming from the state's booming oil patch, a state regulator said Friday.

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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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Washington residents rail against Bakken oil shipments

Washington residents rail against Bakken oil shipments

SPOKANE, Wash. — Numerous speakers told a state Senate committee Tuesday that they oppose the rapid increase in rail cars carrying crude oil from the Bakken fields of North Dakota and Montana through the state.

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North Dakota now produces 1 million barrels of oil a day

North Dakota now produces 1 million barrels of oil a day

WILLISTON, N.D. — North Dakota has joined the ranks of the few places in the world that produce more than a million barrels of oil per day, due in large part to the rich Bakken shale formation in the western part of the state.

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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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Public hearing set for oil transmission pipeline

WILLISTON, N.D. — North Dakota's Public Service Commission is holding a public hearing in Williston to discuss a proposed crude oil transmission pipeline.

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ExxonMobil refinery fire sends black smoke over Lockwood

ExxonMobil refinery fire sends black smoke over Lockwood

A fire at ExxonMobil refinery east of Billings sent heavy, black smoke over portions of Lockwood on Friday.

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Montana refuses to sign nondisclosure agreement on oil shipments

U.S. railroads forced to turn over details of their volatile crude oil shipments are asking states to sign agreements not to disclose the information. But some states are refusing, saying Thursday that the information shouldn’t be kept from the public.

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Energy briefs

Industry opposes rail car rules

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Oil official: Bakken threatened by safety missteps

BISMARCK, N.D. — The godfather of North Dakota's present oil bonanza predicted the state's crude production will double to 2 million barrels daily by decade's end but warned industry officials Thursday that future safety missteps would threaten that.

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N.D. governor issues warning on gas flaring

N.D. governor issues warning on gas flaring

BISMARCK, N.D. — Gov. Jack Dalrymple told a huge oil industry conference Wednesday that North Dakota would no longer allow flaring of natural gas from oil wells in the Bakken region for longer than one year.

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Bakken crude production extends beyond U.S.

BISMARCK, N.D. — The Bakken oil formation is synonymous with North Dakota to many. But other areas of the play are producing oil as well.

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Rail congestion expected to plague Powder River Basin coal into late 2014

Rail congestion expected to plague Powder River Basin coal into late 2014

Powder River Basin coal companies face a paradox: Demand for their product is on the rise. Now, if they could only get it to their customers.

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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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Industry: Bakken oil not more risky, federal rules 'sufficient'

Industry: Bakken oil not more risky, federal rules 'sufficient'

BISMARCK, N.D. — The U.S. oil industry pushed back Tuesday against tougher rules for rail cars carrying crude following a string of fiery accidents, asserting in a new report that oil from the Northern Plains is no more dangerous than some other cargoes.

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Growing pains as BNSF Railway beefs up service

Growing pains as BNSF Railway beefs up service

ROSS, N.D. — The small incorporated hamlet of Ross is squeezed by one of North Dakota’s busiest highways on one side and railroad line on the other.

May 19, 2014 6:33 am Photos

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