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Regulating railed oil


 By Maxine Herr for the Bismarck Tribune A fatal rail car explosion near Quebec, Canada, last July and a December train explosion near Casselton, N.D., in December grabbed the attention of federal regulators, and Bakken crude transported by rail has been under heavy scrutiny ever since. Efforts to heighten rail safety have resulted in new standards and an analysis of ...

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Hess says Tioga gas plant expansion now online


(Reuters) – Hess Corp began accepting North Dakota shale-derived natural gas at its Tioga plant expansion on March 23, and the full plant is now online, the company’s chief executive officer said on Tuesday. The plant was expanded so Hess could process excess natural gas produced at the state’s 10,000 oil wells as part of a plan to curb flaring. The plant expansion, which was under construction for ...

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Casselton fire chief set to testify to Congress

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FARGO, N.D. — The fire chief of an eastern North Dakota town who led the response to a fiery train derailment is scheduled to testify before Congress. Casselton Fire Chief Tim McLean has been invited by North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp to speak before the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs subcommittee about training programs for first responders. The derailment ...

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North Dakota to Pay for Illegal Oil Waste Cleanup

By JAMES MacPherson (AP)–BISMARCK, N.D.  North Dakota will pay for the cleanup of illegally dumped radioactive oil field waste found on the outskirts of a tiny town in the northwest corner of the state, a document obtained Thursday by The Associated Press shows. Regulators planned to announce a contractor to clean up the site near Noonan on Monday, an attorney ...

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The Bakken headhunter: Oil industry recruiter trys to lure in families

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WILLISTON — Pat Bertagnolli’s official job is to recruit oilfield workers, but unofficially he’s a headhunter for Bakken communities. The director of human resources for B&G Oilfield Services in Williston tries to recruit spouses and families to move to North Dakota along with the workers he hires. “To retain good people, I really believe they need to have their families ...

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New fracking rules are moot in oil patch

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New federal rules for using diesel fuel in hydraulic fracturing, long feared to cause a disruptive moratorium on new oil drilling in the Bakken, will have far less effect on the industry than originally thought. In fact, Department of Mineral Resources Director Lynn Helms said new rules that were released last week are almost meaningless in the oil patch, since ...

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