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New Bakken refinery could bring jobs to Dickinson area

With the proposed Bakken refinery, Belfield, North Dakota might soon be the site of the second new refinery built in the United States since 1976.

The area west of Dickinson might soon get another diesel refinery, reports the Dickinson Press. California-based Meridian Energy Group Inc. says its focus on the development of what it’s dubbed the “Davis Refinery” is a reflection of its commitment to operating in the Bakken oil patch “with a commitment to the future and an eye to the big picture.” If ...

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Officials propose injection-well ban

MONROE — The Monroe County Board of Commissioners is drafting an ordinance that would ban any injection wells in Monroe County near karst geology or Lake Erie. Trendwell Energy Corp., with corporate offices in Rockford, Mich., has proposed a plan to drill a 765-foot-deep well near Ida Center Road and Alcott Road in Summerfield Township to inject saltwater. Philip Goldsmith, ...

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Sanders’ grassroots campaign talks energy, Bakken pipeline in Iowa

2016 U.S. Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders speaking at a town meeting. (Image: Gage Skidmore via Flickr)

In a crowded Ericson Library in Boone, Bernie Sanders’ grassroots campaign met with the public to show its support of the Democratic presidential candidate, and rally support against the Bakken pipeline. U.S. Representative Keith Ellison, D-Minn., said Sanders is the right person to help them keep their land and bring more assistance in the future. “We’re picking the Iowa farmer,” ...

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New year brings changes in North Dakota oilfield waste rules

This handout photo from the Three Affiliated Tribes shows radioactive filters illegally dumped on the Fort Berthold reservation.

BISMARCK, N.D. — The new year comes with a new rule in North Dakota that allows elevated levels of oilfield radioactive waste to be disposed of at some landfills, a move regulators and industry officials believe will help curb illegal dumping. Environmental groups aren’t convinced and have threatened lawsuits over the new rule that takes effect Friday, saying the public ...

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Slip in oil activity leads North Dakota headlines in 2015

BISMARCK, N.D. — The year in news in North Dakota was led by slipping oil prices and a slowdown in the state’s oil patch. But there were many of other topics that made headlines, from agriculture and abortion to a fiery train derailment and an end to a lengthy dispute over the University of North Dakota’s nickname. Here is a ...

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SD regulators reject requests to toss out Keystone XL

PIERRE, S.D. — State regulators could make a decision as early as next month on whether to again approve the South Dakota portion of the Keystone XL pipeline. The state Public Utilities Commission denied requests Tuesday to throw out the pipeline project. Opponents argued that President Barack Obama killed the pipeline in November. William Taylor is an attorney for TransCanada ...

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North Dakota had biggest percent increase in population

Watford City, North Dakota. Looking west on Route 85. Temporary housing and road constructed for oil and gas workers. (Image: National Parks Conservation Association via Flickr)

BISMARCK, N.D. — U.S. Census Bureau data show North Dakota is leading the nation in population growth and the number of residents in the state is at an all-time high. The bureau’s most recent estimate released Tuesday put the state population at 756,927 in July, or an increase of 16,887 residents in one year. Census data show North Dakota’s total ...

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Montana sells oil and gas lease in North Dakota

Flare, pump jacks and other infrastructure operating in the Bakken Shale south of Watford City, North Dakota. (Image: National Parks Conservation Association via Flickr)

HELENA, Mont. — The Montana Land Board has approved a $126,000 oil and gas lease sale — in North Dakota. The board on Monday approved the sale to Davis Exploration LLC for Montana’s 8 percent ownership interest in more than 11 acres in North Dakota’s Bakken oil fields. Montana regularly holds lease sales for oil and gas rights on state ...

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Man camp gets preliminary approval in Mercer County

Target Logistics, Williston Lodge North, North Dakota. Exterior structures at dusk/dawn.

STANTON, N.D. — A company has received preliminary approval for a man camp between Hazen and Beulah to house workers building a $500 million urea fertilizer plant in the area. The Mercer County Planning and Zoning Commission recommended a plan by Civeo Corp. to move unused oil patch units from Dickinson into Coal Country on Thursday night. Planning official Wes ...

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In North Dakota, donations slip as oil slides

BISMARCK, N.D. — Thousands of layoffs from the oil industry’s slide have taken a toll on donations in western North Dakota’s oil patch, just as charities say their need is increasing. Donations to the Salvation Army were down by more than 60 percent in Williston, in the heart of oil country, as of mid-December. And energy companies that used to ...

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