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Opinion: Fix the oil tax already

On the 70th day of the state’s 80-day legislative session Republican leaders in the House and Senate have proposed a major reform to oil tax policy. Already it is being met with anger from partisan Democrats hoping to inflame the public’s hatred for “big oil,” but it’s time to cut through that nonsense. It’s time to fix the damn oil ...

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PSC considering proposed pipelines in northwest North Dakota

WILLISTON, N.D. — North Dakota regulators are deciding on two energy pipelines proposed in McKenzie and Williams counties. The state Public Service Commission says Hess North Dakota Pipelines LLC wants to build a crude oil pipeline and a natural gas liquids pipeline. Officials say they would connect Bakken production fields south of Lake Sakakawea to existing processing and truck facilities ...

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California imports of Bakken crude by barge sets record in 2014

SAN FRANCISCO – California imports of Bakken crude oil from North Dakota on barges totaled a record 1.5 million barrels last year, 27 percent greater than the amount that reached the state by rail, the California Energy Commission told Reuters on Thursday. The transport of Bakken crude by rail is controversial, with fiery derailments in recent years prompting safety and ...

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Texas oil company accused of ND worker discrimination


WILLISTON, N.D. — A federal lawsuit has been filed against an oil company operating in North Dakota’s oil patch accusing it of discriminating against a worker based on his race. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission says Cudd Energy Services violated civil rights law by subjecting Alexis Villanueva to a racially hostile work environment because of his Asian race and ...

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Williston approves developer to head airport project

This week the Williston City Commission gave unanimous approval for Phoenix-based Cardon Development Group to repurpose the current site of the Sloulin Field International Airport after its relocation. Williston Mayor Howard Klug said, “This is a big decision, probably the largest public-private project the city has ever done,” The Williston Herald reports. The firm is one of the five development ...

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Program to help landowners with pipeline reclamation issues

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring has announced plans for a pipeline restoration and reclamation oversight pilot program. The program was approved by legislators this session, and Gov. Jack Dalrymple signed it into law Monday. It will help landowners and tenants resolve issues with companies over pipeline reclamation and restoration. Goehring says the program is needed, given ...

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