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Senate passes bill approving Keystone XL oil pipeline

Senate passes bill approving Keystone XL oil pipeline

WASHINGTON — The Republican-controlled Senate on Thursday approved a bipartisan bill to construct the Keystone XL oil pipeline, defying a presidential veto threat and setting up the first of many battles with the White House over energy and the environment.

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Montana oil spill cleanup to slow as river gets dangerous

Montana oil spill cleanup to slow as river gets dangerous

The struggle to recover 30,000 gallons of oil from a pipeline spill into Montana’s Yellowstone River is expected to grind to a near halt in coming days as warmer weather makes ice on the river increasingly dangerous, state regulators and a company spokesman said Wednesday.

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Breached pipeline is exposed on Yellowstone River bed

Breached pipeline is exposed on Yellowstone River bed

GLENDIVE — Sonar indicates part of an underground pipeline that spilled almost 40,000 gallons of oil into Montana’s Yellowstone River and fouled a local water supply is exposed on the riverbed.

January 25, 2015 11:30 am Video Photos

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Snow is dirtier in oil country

Snow is dirtier in oil country

FARGO, N.D. — The snow is dirtier in the Great Plains, especially in North Dakota’s Oil Patch, than in many other places in North America, a recently released snow survey has found.

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Baker Huges

Baker Huges

Casper’s Baker Hughes building is seen on Tuesday. The oil field services company announced it would be laying off about 7,000 workers due to the drop in price of crude oil.

January 20, 2015 5:14 pm
Oil spill in Yellowstone River

Oil spill in Yellowstone River

Aerial photos by Larry Mayer show crews working to contain oil that spilled from the Bridger Pipeline into the Yellowstone River. An undetermined amount of the 12,500 to 50,000 gallons of oil that spilled into the Yellowstone on Saturday is trapped beneath a sheet of river ice and cannot be …

January 19, 2015 2:10 pm Photos

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Oil Boom in Wright, Wyo.

Oil Boom in Wright, Wyo.

A drilling rig is silhouetted against the setting sun Oct. 28 outside Wright, Wyo.

January 16, 2015 5:12 pm

Official says proposed pipeline would boost economy, be safe

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — A company proposing a pipeline to carry oil from western North Dakota to refineries in eastern states says it would create thousands of jobs in South Dakota while generating tens of millions of dollars in taxes and landowner easements.

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Big crane brought in for refinery work

Big crane brought in for refinery work

A 200-foot crane has towered over the Lockwood skyline for several weeks as ExxonMobil Refinery works on safety equipment and removes some old infrastructure.

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Infrastructure politics

Infrastructure politics

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With low oil, gasoline prices, is Keystone still necessary?

With low oil, gasoline prices, is Keystone still necessary?

WASHINGTON — A 50-percent plunge in the price of crude oil, resulting from abundant global oil supplies, and cheaper gasoline at the pump raise critical questions about whether the Keystone XL oil pipeline is still needed or even makes financial sense.

January 11, 2015 11:21 am Photos

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Senate panel approves Keystone bill despite veto threat

Senate panel approves Keystone bill despite veto threat

WASHINGTON — A bill to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline cleared a key Senate committee Thursday, setting up a fight next week pitting newly empowered Republicans against President Barack Obama and Senate Democrats.

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Low oil prices unlikely to hurt railroads much

Low oil prices unlikely to hurt railroads much

OMAHA, Neb. — The stunning collapse in oil prices over the past several months won't derail the railroads' profit engine even if it does slow the tremendous growth in crude shipments seen in recent years.

January 02, 2015 10:21 am Photos

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Lawmakers promise to help strapped oil-patch towns

Lawmakers promise to help strapped oil-patch towns

Relief could be on the horizon for strapped public services in the Northern Plains’ booming oil patch, as elected leaders in Montana and North Dakota move to steer more money into the region during the states’ upcoming legislative sessions.

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Falling oil prices bad for Bakken, good for Montana consumers

Falling oil prices bad for Bakken, good for Montana consumers

Declining oil prices will hurt the Bakken, but most likely benefit Montana as gas prices fall, economists say.

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How oil's decline could spatter North Dakota

How oil's decline could spatter North Dakota

BISMARCK, N.D. — The abrupt decline in oil prices stands to be bad news in North Dakota, a state that has reaped billions in tax revenue as new drilling techniques made it the second-leading producer in the U.S. behind Texas. But a lot of factors will determine how great that impact is.

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Bakken job climate is getting tougher

WILLISTON, N.D. -- People seeking work in North Dakota oil country are finding a different climate from two years ago.

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Facing infrastructure challenges, Bakken towns struggle to cash in on oil boom

Facing infrastructure challenges, Bakken towns struggle to cash in on oil boom

Sometimes, if you’re not ready to catch an opportunity, it lands on you just the same.

December 20, 2014 6:00 pm Photos

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Wyoming's Year in News Photos

Wyoming's Year in News Photos

Justin Yoder, a welder for a coal dragline manufacturer, stands for a portrait outside a truck stop on Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, in Wright. (Ryan Dorgan, Star-Tribune)

December 17, 2014 6:09 pm
Wyoming's Year in News Photos

Wyoming's Year in News Photos

An access road and active drill pad are seen just south of Highway 387 on Thursday, June 26, 2014, from a LightHawk flight over Campbell County, Wyo. (Ryan Dorgan, Star-Tribune)

December 17, 2014 6:09 pm

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