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Regulatory, Conservation Efforts to Step Up in Oil Patch

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State regulators and state and federal conservation officials spoke to energy industry representatives at the North Dakota Petroleum Council annual meeting this week and cited the need for increased communication efforts between all affected parties in the state’s oil patch. The speakers said that regulators and conservation practitioners need to be more proactive in the […]

Comment Period Extended on Proposed EPA Rules

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has extended the comment period on proposed 111 (d) guidelines that would put in place new carbon dioxide requirements for existing power plants. The agency granted a 45-day extension and will accept comments on the Clean Power Plan proposed rule until December 1, 2014. Click here to learn more about […]

First Tribal Exploration & Production Company Up and Running

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The first Indian Reservation oil and gas exploration and production company – Missouri River Resources – is set to drill their first four wells. The company’s production and exploration efforts are being led by Three Affiliated Tribes member David Williams, who has twenty years of experience in the oil industry and also teaches classes at […]

“Surge” Fund Proposed by Western Legislators

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A group of western North Dakota state legislators is proposing to tap the state’s Strategic Investment & Improvement Fund to establish a new $800 million “Surge” fund to help oil patch political subdivisions, cities and schools. The legislators pointed to the ongoing and urgent needs in oil patch communities. Legislative leaders are also expected to […]

Study Shows ND Could Produce 2 Million Barrels Per Day by 2019

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The state legislature’s interim Energy Development & Transmission Committee received a final report on a legislatively-commissioned study of the future of the oil and gas industry this week. The study was conducted by engineering firm KLJ and shows potential for North Dakota to produce 2 million barrels of oil per day by 2019. Study authors […]

USDA Raises Forecast for Corn Crop

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The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) increased the forecast for this year’s corn crop to an expected record 14.395 billion bushel crop. The ethanol industry is projected to use 5.125 billion bushels of this year’s crop, holding steady from last year’s numbers. If the projected crop estimates are accurate, 2014 will set the 5th record […]

Statoil Expands Natural Gas Project

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Norwegian energy company Statoil is planning to expand a natural gas capture project in the state, aiming to have all six of the company’s drilling rigs powered by captured natural gas that has been compressed and cleaned. Statoil is partnering with General Electric and Ferus Natural Gas Fuels on the project. Statoil is hoping that […]

American Petroleum Institute Releases Survey on Oil & Gas Economic Impact

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The American Petroleum Institute (API) released results of a business survey conducted by PriceWaterhouseCoopers to determine the economic impact of the oil and gas industry. Survey results showed that oil and gas accounts 12.3 percent of North Dakota’s economy and directly provides 12 percent of jobs in the state. Total jobs supported by the oil […]

Oil Patch Still Facing Affordable Housing Woes

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The Dakota Center for Affordable Housing hosted a forum this week highlighting issues surrounding affordable housing in North Dakota.  A national study conducted earlier this year showed that Williston had the highest apartment rental rates in the country. Conference speakers said that they expect problems related to affordable housing to get worse before they get […]

Proposed Pipeline Comes Under Fire

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A 1,100 mile pipeline project proposed by Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners LP is already drawing criticism in Iowa.  Company spokespeople say they intend to file a siting application with the North Dakota Public Service Commission later this year.  The pipeline would originate in North Dakota and travel through South Dakota and Iowa before reaching its […]