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Judge: US agency lacks authority to set rules on fracking

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A judge ruled Tuesday that federal regulators lack the authority to set rules for hydraulic fracturing, dealing another setback to the Obama administration’s efforts to tighten how fossil fuels are mined. U.S. District Judge Scott Skavdahl said the Bureau of Land Management can’t set the rules because Congress has not authorized it to do so. The ...

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Top 5 Bakken Stories of the Week, June 11-17

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Doug Burgum’s bid for North Dakota governor came one step closer to reality with his Tuesday win in the primary. The republican candidate stressed policies that stress economic growth and capitalizing on North Dakota’s two most important industries: energy and agriculture. Burgum-Sanford ticket emphasizes energy, economic growth 2 & 3. Two spills in North Dakota this week got lots of ...

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NorthWestern allowed to negotiate solar power contracts

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — State regulators voted Thursday to allow NorthWestern Energy to temporarily negotiate contracts with companies that propose building solar energy projects in Montana, rather than paying the set rate that the utility complained was too high. “Our action today to protect NorthWestern Energy’s customers from unreasonably priced solar power is a compromise that still allows solar energy ...

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Natural gas flaring in North Dakota has declined sharply since 2014

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The volume of North Dakota’s natural gas production that is flared has fallen sharply in both absolute and percentage terms since 2014. In March 2016, 10 percent of North Dakota’s total natural gas production was flared, less than one-third of the January 2014 flaring rate, which was at 36 percent. Flaring rates and volumes have significantly decreased as North Dakota’s ...

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9,000 gallons of produced water spill in Renville County

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MOHALL, N.D. (AP) — The state Health Department says nearly 9,000 gallons of what is known as produced water spilled and was contained in Renville County. Produced water is a mixture of saltwater and oil that can contain drilling chemicals. The spill happened Tuesday at a site operated by Zargon Oil Inc. about 7 miles south of Mohall. Zargon estimates ...

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ND Insights releases May 2016 Monthly Market Report

Williston, ND – The Monthly Market Report – May 2016 published by ND Insights is now available. The latest monthly report includes monthly economic indicators that were released in May 2016 along with additional analysis for the 2015 Taxable Sales and Purchases information that was released April 21, 2016. Updated Data Sets In addition to the standard monthly data updates, ...

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North Dakota oil output drops 70,000 barrels daily in April

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota’s oil production decreased by about 70,000 barrels a day in April. The Department of Mineral Resources says the state produced an average of 1.04 million barrels of oil daily in April. North Dakota’s production record was set in December 2014 at 1.22 million barrels daily. North Dakota also produced 1.61 billion cubic feet of ...

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32K gallons of saltwater spilled, recovered near Tioga

TIOGA, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota’s Oil and Gas Division says more than 32,000 gallons of saltwater spilled and was cleaned up at an oil field site in Mountrail County. Hess Bakken Investments II LLC reported the spill at a tank battery about 7 miles north of Tioga on Tuesday. The company estimates that 770 barrels spilled, was contained and ...

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Natural gas pipeline proposed for eastern ND, western MN

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A Bismarck-based energy company says it wants to build a roughly 38-mile pipeline to deliver natural gas supply to eastern North Dakota and western Minnesota. WBI Energy Inc. said Monday that the expansion would cost an estimated $50 million. The company, a subsidiary of MDU Resources Group Inc., says the project would connect a pipeline near ...

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Burgum-Sanford ticket emphasizes energy, economic growth

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Doug Burgum believes the energy industry is essential to North Dakota’s economic future. Growth of the industry provided well-paying jobs and revitalized many communities in western North Dakota. He was recently endorsed by former North Dakota Gov. Ed Schafer as “the conservative business leader we need.” As a businessman who has spent his life growing businesses, creating jobs and investing ...

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