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Xcel says it is working on plan to curb Fargo power outages

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Xcel Energy has replaced more than a mile of old underground cable in Fargo as part of an effort to help curb a spate of power outages that have bedeviled the state’s biggest city in recent weeks, the utility told North Dakota regulators Wednesday. Several officials from the Minneapolis-based utility met with North Dakota’s Public Service ...

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North Dakota education thrives despite oil bust

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During the oil boom, state departments thrived off increased tax money and schools received more than enough funding. However, during the economic downturn, states that depended too heavily on oil taxes, such as Oklahoma, struggle to fund their education systems. Meanwhile, North Dakota students will see little to no change in their classrooms thanks to the high taxes paid by ...

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Iowa declines to act quickly on Dakota Access construction

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa utilities regulators have declined to act quickly on a request to allow a Texas company to begin construction on an oil pipeline across Iowa. Dakota Access had asked the Iowa Utilities Board to start Tuesday on the 1,150-mile pipeline that will carry a half-million barrels of oil a day from northwest North Dakota across ...

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Additional tickets available for Donald Trump’s Bismarck speech

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — An oil industry group is making more tickets available for a conference headlined by Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump. The Williston Basin Petroleum Conference is scheduled May 24-26 at the Bismarck Event Center. The North Dakota Petroleum Council says Trump will speak at 1 p.m. on May 26. Council spokeswoman Tessa Sandstrom says up to 700 ...

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Top 5 Bakken news stories – May 6-13

It’s been a busy week for the Bakken. The Dakota Access pipeline is facing more resistance from environmental groups while production figures in North Dakota dropped by about 9,800 barrels in March. Meanwhile, a new study shows how much methane oil and gas development in the oil patch is emitting into the atmosphere, and Montana lawmakers are left dealing with ...

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North Dakota oil output drops 9,850 barrels daily in March

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota’s Department of Mineral Resources says the state’s oil production decreased by about 9,850 barrels a day in March. The agency says the state produced an average of 1.09 million barrels of oil daily in March. North Dakota’s production record was set in December 2014 at 1.22 million barrels daily. North Dakota also produced a record 1.70 billion cubic ...

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State inspecting weekend saltwater spill in Mountrail County

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota’s Oil and Gas Division is looking into a saltwater spill in Mountrail County over the weekend. EOG Resources Inc. reported Saturday that 259 barrels of saltwater was released and contained, with all but 10 barrels recovered. A barrel holds 42 gallons. Saltwater is a byproduct of oil production. Equipment failure was cited as the ...

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Top Bakken news stories – April 23-May 6

The weekly Bakken recap was put on hiatus last week due to forgetfulness and we humbly apologize. To make up for lost time, we reached back a couple weeks. However, it turns out the week we missed was rather uneventful for the Bakken. This past week, however, was exciting for a variety of reasons, most of them not good (i.e. ...

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Western North Dakota oil refinery hampered by oil slowdown

DICKINSON, N.D. (AP) — The owners of a new oil refinery in western North Dakota plan to operate it at only 75 percent capacity due to continued losses tied to the slumping oil industry. The Dakota Prairie Refinery at Dickinson lost $7.2 million in the first three months of the year, due in part to low demand for diesel fuel, ...

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Trump to deliver keynote at Williston Basin Petroleum Conference

Trump, keynote, Williston Basin, Petroleum Conference

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump will get a chance to tackle energy policy while delivering the keynote address at the Williston Basin Petroleum Conference on May 26 in Bismarck, N.D. The three-day conference covers the oil and gas business in the Williston Basin. Trump will speak at 1 p.m. on the final day, according to North Dakota Petroleum Council President ...

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