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Bakken rig count at five year low

As of Monday the number of active drilling rigs in the Williston Basin hit its lowest level since December of 2009, reports KTVQ News. Monday’s number of active drilling rigs was tallied at a paltry 75. On this day one year ago, there were 190 drilling rigs active in the Bakken. The record number of rigs in North Dakota’s Bakken ...

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Oil leaks in Divide County; brine spilled in Burke County

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota health officials say around 42 gallons of oil has spilled in Divide County after a pipeline leaked. Condor Petroleum, Inc., also reported that around 1,638 gallons of produced water, or brine, have been released. The North Dakota Department of Health said it’s evaluating a nearby wetland for impacts to water quality. Officials say a brine ...

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Editorial: Don’t let route debate delay Sandpiper oil pipeline

The vitally important Sandpiper oil pipeline proposal is making some progress toward becoming reality. However, there remains a huge question to resolve: the route the 612-mile pipeline would take from North Dakota to a terminal in Superior, Wisconsin. First, an update on the progress of the Sandpiper proposal. Recently, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission approved a certificate of need for ...

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Firm seeks to build oil pipeline across Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa — A company that wants to build an oil pipeline across Iowa said it has purchased easements from nearly 60 percent of landowners, but some don’t believe the claim. Activists say that online records show far fewer easement purchases, The Des Moines Register reported. Spokeswoman Vicki Granado for Dakota Access LLC, a unit of Dallas-based Energy Transfer ...

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Oil drilling in Montana taps out

Oil drilling in Montana has all but tapped out, according to state records showing that the state has been without a major drilling rig since April. Observers said the inactivity is due to low oil prices, which have also slowed drilling activity in North Dakota’s much more active Bakken formation, though crews are still drilling there. Montana drilling has been ...

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Minnesota PUC approves Enbridge’s Sandpiper pipeline but didn’t settle its route

Minnesota regulators on Friday endorsed a controversial northern Minnesota pipeline to carry North Dakota’s crude oil, but left open the prospect of shifting its course away from northern lakes. The 5-0 vote by the state Public Utilities Commission (PUC) grants pipeline developer Enbridge Energy a certificate of need to construct the $2.6 billion Sandpiper pipeline from the Bakken oil fields ...

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