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Tribe asks judge to side with feds in oil pipeline pause

Sacred Stones camp, Sioux, Dakota Access, pipeline protest

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe wants a federal judge to recognize three federal agencies’ request for a developer to “voluntarily pause” work on a segment of the Dakota Access pipeline that the tribe says holds sacred sites and artifacts. The tribe said in court documents filed Monday it wants U.S. District Judge James Boasberg to “formalize” ...

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Federal intervention on oil pipeline project unprecedented

Dakota Access, pipeline protest

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The Standing Rock Sioux’s effort to block a four-state oil pipeline got a lifeline when the federal government temporarily stopped the project, a move some say likely may forever change the way all energy infrastructure projects are reviewed in the future. Just minutes after U.S. District Judge James Boasberg denied the Standing Rock Sioux tribe’s attempt ...

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US rig count up 11 this week to 508; Texas up 4

HOUSTON (AP) — The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by 11 this week to 508. A year ago, 848 rigs were active. Depressed energy prices have sharply curtailed oil and gas exploration. Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. said Friday that 414 rigs sought oil and 92 explored for natural gas ...

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NDPC Statement on Dakota Access Pipeline Decisions

Dakota Access, pipeline protest

BISMARCK, N.D. – North Dakota Petroleum Council President Ron Ness issued this statement today in response to U.S. District Court Judge James Boasberg’s ruling today: “The NDPC is pleased with Judge Boasberg’s ruling today that upholds what a vast majority of North Dakotans have known and believed all along: that this is a legal project that has met and exceeded ...

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North Dakota tribe’s request to stop work on pipeline denied

pipeline protest, Dakota Access Pipeline

NEAR THE STANDING ROCK SIOUX RESERVATION, N.D. (AP) — The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s attempt to halt construction of the four-state Dakota Access oil pipeline near their North Dakota reservation was denied Friday by a federal judge. The tribe had challenged the Army Corps of Engineers’ decision to grant permits at more than 200 water crossings for Dallas-based Energy Transfer ...

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The Latest: North Dakota activates Guard for protests

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The Latest on the legal challenges and coordination of the four-state Dakota Access oil pipeline (all times local): 12 p.m. Gov. Jack Dalrymple is activating the North Dakota National Guard ahead of a federal judge’s impending ruling on a request by the Standing Rock Sioux to stop the four-state Dakota Access oil pipeline. Dalrymple says a ...

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If a top drive motor design has worked for 50 years, why change it? Because new technology gives you more horsepower and torque

high power density motor, Ward Leonard

Oft times when something is working, the prevailing attitude is usually, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Especially if something has been working for more than 50 years. That pretty much describes what has happened with top drive motors in the oil patch.  The induction motors really hadn’t changed since their introduction in 1982. They seemed to work well, ...

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Apache may have struck big in West Texas

Apache, Texas oil discovery

DALLAS (AP) — A Houston driller is boasting of a big new oil and gas discovery in West Texas. Apache Corp. believes there could be 3 billion barrels of oil and 75 trillion cubic feet of natural gas in an area it calls Alpine High. The company announced its discovery Wednesday after two years of drilling in the largely undeveloped ...

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