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Study maps large, salty groundwater plume

Study maps large, salty groundwater plume

The scope of groundwater contamination on the Fort Peck Reservation caused by oil exploration that began in the 1950s has been estimated at 15 to 37 billion gallons spread across 17.9 square miles, according to a recent study.

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Bighaus column: Frac Daddy's owners lived Derby dream

Bighaus column: Frac Daddy's owners lived Derby dream

One of my most memorable sports moments of 2013 was watching Carter Stewart and Ken Schlenker of Magic City Thoroughbred Partners live out their dream of having one of their horses run in the Kentucky Derby.

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Energy company's possible oil play near Augusta raises concerns

Energy company's possible oil play near Augusta raises concerns

MISSOULA — An energy company with its eyes on 10,000 acres of land outside Augusta is working to drum up investors for what it’s promoting as the next big oil play, saying the Bakken formation south of Sun River holds as much potential as the Williston Basin.

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Son of Bakken formation namesake remains reserved

Son of Bakken formation namesake remains reserved

TIOGA, N.D. - Lorin Bakken recalls it was 2007 when he began seeing his name in the newspaper and on TV frequently as the North Dakota oil boom started to heat up.

December 02, 2012 12:00 pmLoading…
Bakken oil pipeline from North Dakota to Oklahoma canceled

Bakken oil pipeline from North Dakota to Oklahoma canceled

TULSA, Okla. — A proposed $1.8 billion oil pipeline from North Dakota to Oklahoma has been called off because the company behind the deal couldn't rally enough commitments to transport their oil to Cushing.

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Billings oil firm acquires Australian company, to focus on western properties

Voyager Oil and Gas Inc., a Billings-based oil and gas company, hopes to expand its operations in central Montana and the Williston Basin with the acquisition of the Australian oil and gas company Emerald Oil Inc.

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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.

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Gas flare

Gas flare

Gas flares off an oil well near Williston, N.D.

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Gas flares off an oil well near Williston, N.D.

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Infrastructure could limit Bakken drilling

Infrastructure could limit Bakken drilling

DENVER — Infrastructure challenges in western North Dakota could limit the number of oil and gas drilling rigs in the Bakken system's rich Williston Basin, industry executives said at a conference Thursday.

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USGS to assess oil production in North Dakota

DICKINSON, N.D. — The U.S. Geological Survey plans to assess areas within North Dakota's booming oil patch next year to see how much oil and gas is being produced.

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Montana Energy 2012 expo sells out on first day

Montana Energy 2012 expo sells out on first day

Montana Energy 2012, the first exposition of its kind in Billings, sold out quickly as more than 350 people came seeking a piece of the oil riches flowing out of the Bakken shale formation.

April 03, 2012 7:00 pm Photos

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Williston Basin oil study due next year

Williston Basin oil study due next year

BISMARCK, N.D.  — Sen. John Hoeven says a re-evaluation of the amount of recoverable oil in the Williston Basin is slated to be completed late next year by the U.S. Geological Survey.

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40 Under 40: Matthew McCleary, area operations manager for fracturing services, Sanjel Corp.

40 Under 40: Matthew McCleary, area operations manager for fracturing services, Sanjel Corp.

Matthew McCleary says Montanans will soon be hearing more about Sanjel Corp., a Canadian company that has been operating in the booming Bakken oil play for more than a decade. Sanjel already employs hundreds of Montanans and will soon be adding more jobs, he said.

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40 Under 40: Marshall Phil, managing member, senior engineer, Blueline Engineering

40 Under 40: Marshall Phil, managing member, senior engineer, Blueline Engineering

Thanks to the North Dakota oil boom, engineer Marshall Phil has been a frequent passenger on the Silver Airways (formerly Gulfstream Airways) flight connecting Billings and Sidney.

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From the Editor: Past booms can teach us about the Bakken

Halliburton, the international oilfield services company, is denying that it’s planning to expand into Billings.

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Population influx boosts crime in small northeastern Montana communities

Population influx boosts crime in small northeastern Montana communities

As thousands of workers and their families move to North Dakota's Bakken oil field in search of jobs, nearby rural Montana communities' resources are being pushed to the limit.

January 27, 2012 12:15 am Photos

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Montana, Dakotas set record for oil, gas lease sales

Montana, Dakotas set record for oil, gas lease sales

BISMARCK, N.D. -- Federal oil and gas lease sales in the Dakotas and Montana set a record in fiscal 2011, with parcels in western North Dakota's booming oil patch fetching the most revenue, the Bureau of Land Management said Thursday.

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