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Public hearing set on MDU natural gas rate request

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota regulators have scheduled a public hearing on a proposal by Montana-Dakota Utilities Co. to raise natural gas rates. The Public Service Commission hearing is at 9 a.m. Aug. 31 at the state Capitol in Bismarck. MDU is seeking a 3.4 percent overall rate increase, which would raise $4.3 million a year more than current rates. ...

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BNSF asks for delay in lawsuit over Casselton derailment

FARGO, N.D. — A civil lawsuit against BNSF by an engineer who was at the helm during a train derailment near Casselton nearly two years ago should be put on hold until it can be determined whether a broken axel was the cause of the fiery crash, a lawyer for the railway said Monday. The suit by Bryan Thompson of ...

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Economic growth tied to more than just price of oil

Last year at this time my office received dozens of phone calls and emails asking about ‘Boomtown’ and what’s really going on in Williston, North Dakota. Now we get calls asking about ‘the bust’ and what’s it like in Williston. After I slowly put down the phone and back away from the keyboard, I take a breath and just smile. ...

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North Dakota’s governor says will not seek re-election in 2016

WILLISTON, N.D. – North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple, who shepherded the state through an oil boom that made it the No. 2 U.S. crude producer, said on Monday he will not seek re-election in 2016. Dalrymple, who helped tighten regulatory standards across the state’s Bakken oil formation, steps that some critics decried as too lenient, said he decided not to ...

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Explosions put Bakken crude oil on state rail radar

About 18 months ago, Minnesota safety experts noted the heavily publicized explosions of trains carrying crude oil from the North Dakota Bakken formation through other states and Canada and realized many of those trains were coming through this state. That led to more training for firefighters and other first responders, including in several towns in this region. Because of the ...

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Minot among 10 cities in White House climate initiative

MINOT, N.D. — Minot is among 10 cities across the nation getting a $25,000 grant and volunteers to improve their ability to handle risks related to climate change, including extreme weather. The help is through the Resilience AmeriCorps initiative that President Barack Obama announced in July. Selected cities are said to face risk from climate change, have shown efforts to ...

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Heitkamp: EPA methane rules harmful to Bakken, industry

Earlier this week the Environmental Protection Agency proposed new standards that would cut methane emissions from the oil and gas industry by 40 to 45 percent by 2025. U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) said, “Energy production and clean air through reduced greenhouse gas emissions are not competing ideals, and efforts to reduce emissions don’t have to hurt our energy industry,” ...

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Dunn County resident group still fights for landfill voice

MANNING, N.D. — Dunn County residents who have been fighting for months to have a say in the siting of oil and gas waste landfills have lost another battle. The group that wears bright orange T-shirts reading “We Are Dunn County” earlier this year unsuccessfully tried to get the County Commission to reinstate an old zoning rule that said landfills ...

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North Dakota’s $18.5 billion cash fortress

Despite the precipitous drop in oil prices, North Dakota has increased savings by $3 billion over the past 12 months. Bakken.com recently conducted an analysis of over 80 North Dakota funds and calculated the most recent balances to be in excess of $18.5 billion (see infographic). This represents a 22 percent increase from $15.5 billion in 2014 and a 125 ...

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Work beginning on $30 million highway bypass around Killdeer

KILLDEER, N.D. — Construction is beginning on a $30 million bypass to route truck traffic around the western North Dakota oil patch town of Killdeer. Ground was broken for the project on Tuesday and work was beginning Wednesday on the 4-mile, two-lane project that will move traffic around the west side of the community, connecting state Highways 200 and 22, ...

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