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Trump uses energy speech to outline general election pitch

Donald Trump energy speech

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Presumptive Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump unveiled an “America first” energy plan he said would unleash unfettered production of oil, coal, natural gas and other energy sources to push the United States toward energy independence. But the speech, delivered at the annual Williston Basin Petroleum Conference in Bismarck, North Dakota, went far beyond energy, as Trump ...

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Man accused of stealing explosives in North Dakota oil patch

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A Williston man accused of stealing explosives from companies operating in the North Dakota oil patch and stashing them in his home also had prohibited guns, more than 1,100 rounds of ammunition and books on how to build explosives, federal authorities said. According to court documents, an informant told a regional drug task force that Tyler ...

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North Dakota oilfield cleanup project scrubbed due to funding

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Scientists have halted a project aimed at finding a new way to restore North Dakota land ruined by briny oilfield wastewater, determining there wasn’t enough money allocated to complete the research. The scientists, at the University of North Dakota’s Energy and Environmental Research Center, have found that the site in Renville County is double the size ...

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Trump to deliver energy policy speech in North Dakota

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump will deliver his first policy speech on energy. Trump will be speaking Thursday afternoon at the annual Williston Basin Petroleum Conference in Bismarck, North Dakota. More than 7,000 people are slated to hear Trump speak. Rep. Kevin Cramer, who has been advising Trump, says the speech will likely focus more on ...

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Henrikson sentenced to life in murder-for-hire scheme

Henrikson

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The mastermind of a murder-for-hire scheme that originated from business dealings in the North Dakota oil patch was sentenced Tuesday in federal court to two consecutive life terms, intended to keep him in prison for the rest of his life. James Henrikson, 37, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Salvador Mendoza for ordering the killings of ...

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3-day North Dakota oil expo, conference begins in Bismarck

oil expo, Bismarck, North Dakota, Williston Basin

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Organizers expect about 2,800 people to attend a three-day event in Bismarck highlighting the state’s oil patch. The Williston Basin Petroleum Conference and Expo starts Tuesday at the Bismarck Civic Center. The North Dakota Petroleum Council says people come from about 40 states and a few foreign countries. The event brings together engineers, geologists, investors, CEOs ...

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Williston Basin oil expo comes amid trouble times for industry

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota’s oil expo and conference kicks off at a troubled time for the industry, with depressed prices and a drop in drilling activity that has hurt both oil companies and oil-producing states like this one. The three-day Williston Basin Petroleum Conference and Expo starts Tuesday in Bismarck with a theme of “Bakken Forward,” featuring seminars ...

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Crews excavating North Dakota land after large spill

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Crews in North Dakota excavated pastureland after more than 120,000 gallons of oil and drilling wastewater overflowed from a tank, the state Health Department said Friday. The spill happened Wednesday morning near Marmarth in southwestern North Dakota at a site operated by Plano, Texas-based Denbury Onshore LLC, according to Bill Suess, an environmental scientist who heads ...

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105K gallons of saltwater-oil mixture spills in North Dakota

MARMARTH, N.D. (AP) — A tank overflow has caused a spill of about 16,800 gallons of oil and more than 100,000 gallons of a mixture of saltwater and oil in North Dakota. The North Dakota Department of Health says the spill happened Wednesday at a site operated by Texas-based Denbury Onshore LLC, near the town of Marmarth in the southwest ...

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North Dakota housing fund threatened with drilling downturn

North Dakota, housing, drilling downturn

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A state income tax credit that helped subsidize construction of thousands of living spaces largely in western North Dakota’s oil patch has outlived lived its usefulness with the downturn in drilling and a prolonged slump in crude prices, the chairmen of the Senate and House taxation committees say. “Without a doubt, we need to re-evaluate this,” ...

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