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North Dakota gets $240K for pipeline safety programs

Iowa is set to make a decision on the Dakota Access Bakkken pipeline. South Dakota was the first of the four states to approve construction of the Energy Transfer Partners-owned Bakken oil pipeline.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded the state $240,000 for pipeline safety programs. The federal funds were granted to reimburse the state for public safety programs, including inspection and enforcement of pipeline safety regulations, incident investigations and corrective actions to improve the safety and integrity of pipelines. North Dakota’s U.S. Sens. Heidi Heitkamp and John ...

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Bakken Top Stories June 26 – July 3

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According to Baker Hughes, the U.S. rig count has increased by 10 this week, and oil prices have crept back up to around $50 per barrel. The anxiety associated with the British vote to leave the European Union only lasted a very short while, and things on Wall Street seem to have stabilized momentarily. In addition, U.S. Secretary of Energy ...

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North Dakota adopts rules to reduce oil industry spills

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota regulators on Wednesday adopted new rules aimed at reducing spills in the state’s oil patch, despite objections by the industry. The state Industrial Commission approved the rules that include bonding and third-party inspections of gathering pipelines that carry briny oilfield wastewater. Another new rule requires berms at least 6 inches high be built around existing ...

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NY Sen. Schumer: Make oil safer before train shipments

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Sen. Charles Schumer says oil companies should be required to make their crude less dangerous to transport before loading it onto trains. The Democrat said Wednesday that much of the oil being shipped via train can be rendered less hazardous by removing flammable gasses first. Oil coming from North Dakota’s Bakken Shale formation is considered more ...

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Destination: North Dakota

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Comprehensive new tour takes travelers off-the-beaten-path throughout the Roughrider State and into oil country Would-be travelers who assume North Dakota is a “drive-through” state may need to think again once tour operator Country Travel DISCOVERIES (CTD) shows them the state’s wonders, including a couple of days in oil country. The Wisconsin-based company specializing in guided tours with a rural emphasis ...

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Tesoro Corp. buys struggling oil refinery in North Dakota

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Texas-based Tesoro Corp. has bought an oil refinery in southwestern North Dakota that has struggled to turn a profit due to a dramatic fall in demand and low diesel prices. North Dakota-based MDU Resources Group Inc. and Indianapolis-based Calumet Specialty Products Partners LP spent $430 million on the Dakota Prairie Refinery in Dickinson. It has not ...

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PSC holding hearing on proposed $5 million oil pipeline

Energy Transfer Partners' Dakota Access Bakken pipeline has been approved by Iowa. The state was the last of four states to approve the Bakken pipeline. (Image: D.Reichardt via Flickr)

WATFORD CITY, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota regulators are holding a public hearing in Watford City on a proposed $5 million oil pipeline in McKenzie County. Plains All American Pipeline has applied for a permit for the Johnsons Corner to Dakota Access Pipeline Project, a 3.5-mile long, 24-inch diameter crude pipeline. It would have a maximum capacity of 150,000 barrels ...

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US stocks waver; health care gains but energy companies fall

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NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are wavering in subdued trading Wednesday afternoon ahead of Britain’s vote on whether to leave the European Union. Health care stocks rose but energy companies fell in tandem with the price of oil. Technology companies slipped following weak reports from Adobe and HP. KEEPING SCORE: The Dow Jones industrial average slipped 7 points to ...

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Dayton vows to appeal court’s ruling against coal power law

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton is taking the fight over the state’s law restricting new power generation from coal to a higher court. A three-judge panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a lower court’s decision last week that barred Minnesota from enforcing key sections of the Next Generation Energy Act. The court ...

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