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    April: U.S. Becomes Top Global Oil Producer

    The United States became the world’s largest oil producer in late 2018 and is expected to become the top oil exporter within the next five years, according to the International Energy Agency.

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    March: ONEOK Donates to Williston Fire Department

    ONEOK is proud to support the communities where it operates and its employees work and live through financial investments as well as volunteerism.

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    February: North Dakota hits new production record

    North Dakota posted yet another record month of oil production for December, topping 1.401 million barrels per day in production.

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    How the Oil Industry and Region Benefit and Support the State

    Purpose Review the extraction and gross production tax collections by the State of North Dakota for fiscal years 2008 through 2018, the period since the development of the Bakken. Detail the various funds that benefit from oil tax revenues Highlight how various state funds and distributions are provided to all areas of the state Show…

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    January: Surging oil output will push U.S. towards energy independence in 2020

    The Department of Energy forecasts U.S. oil production will jump from 10.9 million barrels per day in 2018 to 12.9 million bpd in 2020.

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    December: In major shift, U.S. now exports more oil than it ships in

    The United States exported more crude oil and fuel than it imported for the first time on record, according to data from the last week in November.

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    North Dakota Petroleum Council/Western Dakota Energy Association release results of North Dakota oil and gas tax revenue study

    Bismarck, N.D. – The North Dakota Petroleum Council (NDPC) and the Western Dakota Energy Association (WDEA) this week released the results of a North Dakota oil and gas tax revenue study they jointly sponsored.  The purpose of the study was to review the oil and gas extraction and gross production tax collections by the state…

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    October/November: North Dakota’s oil and gas industry posted record levels of production in August as the state produced nearly 1.3 million barrels of oil.

    As the state’s largest oil and natural gas producing county, McKenzie County saw its active producing wells increase by 52 to a record 4,258 with those wells producing record levels of oil and natural gas.

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    September: Watford Schools welcome record 1,837 students to class!

    This population growth is a direct result of the economic activity from the oil and gas industry.

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    August: The Bakken Gives Back

    Bakken companies donate for tornado relief, CookFests are a success, and record production in May!

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    Whirlwind of donations in Watford City hits ‘EF4’

    by Renée Jean [email protected] Seventy mattresses, frames and associated bedding, three RVs and two cars are among recent donations to victims of an EF2 tornado in McKenzie County that killed a baby and injured dozens of people, and wiped out the personal belongings of many more. Karolin Jappe is at the center of a whirlwind…

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    Hess Corporation provides comfort after tornado

    WATFORD CITY, N.D. – It’s been a little over a week since a tornado swept through Prairie View Park in Watford City, leaving dozens of families left to pick up the pieces. The community is now doing their part to bring aid to the victims, including one energy company that’s helping victims to sleep well during…

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    NDPC Bakken Classic Fishing Derby raises more than $20,000 for habitat

    The North Dakota Petroleum Council hosted its 6th Annual Bakken Classic Fishing Derby, raising more than $20,000 for habitat and wildlife projects. Ninety teams participated in the derby, which took place on Wednesday, July 18. Thank you to all who came out and volunteered and fished, and congrats to this year’s winners and placers! Big…

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    July: It’s Almost Time for the Bakken Rocks CookFest!

    CookFest Celebrates 10 Years Plus, recap of Teacher Seminar, Industry plants 58,000 trees, and more!

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    Bakken Rocks CookFest Celebrates 10 Years

    The Bakken Rocks CookFest will celebrate its 10th Anniversary when it takes its festivities to Grenora on July 17 and Twin Buttes on July 19. Held twice each summer in two communities impacted by development, the Bakken Rocks CookFest offers residents the opportunity to get out and learn more about the oil and gas industry,…

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    ExxonMobil’s XTO Energy Announces Progress on Methane Emissions Reduction Program

    Methane emissions reduced by 9 percent since 2016 Two-thirds of high-bleed pneumatics phased out to date through voluntary program Contributes to ExxonMobil’s measures to reduce emissions by 15 percent by 2020 WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–ExxonMobil subsidiary XTO Energy Inc. today said it has reduced methane emissions from its operations by 9 percent since 2016, demonstrating significant progress…

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    Barbecues and Wishes: Industry begins summer of outreach activities

    It’s all about the barbecue at the 6th Annual Bakken BBQ. This family-friendly event benefits Make-A-Wish North Dakota and will feature 16 energy companies BBQ’ing to win the ultimate trophy. The evening will feature food, live entertainment from Sawdust, raffle, bar, games, a kiddy corner, and more. Plenty of fun for the whole family and…

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    #ShowYourEnergy contest helps students learn and earn

    When Governor Doug Burgum challenged North Dakota students to use their creativity, research skills and energy to share what they know about North Dakota’s oil and natural gas industry, students were eager to respond, and this week, six students will be reaping the rewards. Megan McCarthy, Jayce Zuern, Jaedyn Dockter, and Kolby Bennett of Chris…

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    Teaching Teachers On Petroleum: NDPC to Host 2018 Teacher Education Seminar

    BISMARCK, N.D. – Fifty teachers from across the state will be in Bismarck next week to learn more about North Dakota’s petroleum industry, a topic that has captured the attention of leaders, reporters and others around the world. The seminar kicks off on Monday, June 18 with lessons in geology, drilling, and completion technologies. Teachers…

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    Industry plants 58,000 trees through new program

    North Dakota is a little greener because of the oil and gas industry thanks to a program by the North Dakota Petroleum Council (NDPC) to fund large-scale habitat plantings throughout North Dakota. The Planting for the Future program kicked off on Thursday, May 10 and will wrap up planting this week. More than 58,000 trees…

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    May: Industry Donates Big This Spring

    Several companies have stepped up big this spring to provide donations to communities and organizations. READ MORE

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    Petroleum Council kicks off planting of 58,000 trees in western ND

    By Forum News Service BISMARCK — The North Dakota Petroleum Council kicked off this week the Planting for the Future program, a project that will involve planting 58,000 trees and shrubs in the state. The program is a partnership with the Outdoor Heritage Fund, Oneok, Whiting Petroleum and private landowners to plant trees that will help…

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    Minot Daily News: Petroleum interests go green, for common good

    The petroleum industry gets a lot of bad press these days – only some of which has any basis in objective facts. Much of the criticism seems more political than practical. After all, the energy sector has thus far avoided takeover by the federal government, unlike healthcare and banking most recently. Free market industry is…

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    April: Big Oil Goes Big Tech

    Two Places at Once: whether it’s in the classroom or in the oilfield, technology is helping bridge gaps like never before When talking about technology, Apple, Amazon.com, Google and Microsoft might be the companies that come to mind, but when it comes to augmented reality (AR), another industry is leading the way: oil and natural…

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    Pick Up the Patch and Community Clean-Ups to Begin Next Week

    Bismarck, N.D. –Pick Up the Patch! and community spring clean-up events are slated to begin next week and many will continue through May. The oil and gas industry will be participating in several of these events by sending out volunteers or providing supplies and lunch. “It appears spring has finally sprung, and we’re all excited…

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    Energy Transfer Partners makes largest donation ever to University of Mary capital project

    BLAIR EMERSON Bismarck Tribune The Dakota Access Pipeline developer has made the single largest donation to the University of Mary’s capital campaign. At a news conference on Friday at the University of Mary campus, Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners presented a $5 million check that will help fund the university’s 18,200-square-foot engineering school and create a…

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    North Dakota job crunch taking a bite out of recovery

    By Renée Jean [email protected] There are 368 health care job openings from Williston to Minot for just one hospital, and about 40 teacher openings just between Divide, Williams and McKenzie counties. That’s a lot, but it is just the tiny tip of a big spear when it comes to unfilled job openings in the Oil…

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    The Return of the Bakken

    “When we say the Bakken is back what I say is I think there’s so much potential and so much work yet to do,” Kathy Neset who is the vice chair for the North Dakota Petroleum Council. There’s a lot that’s been learned since the boom that slowed about five years ago. “It’s much more measured this…

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    ND oil country begging for workers, say officials

    By Jack Dura / Bismarck Tribune BISMARCK—The jobs outlook in the Oil Patch in western North Dakota is at its highest level in three years. Central North Dakota looks good, too, heading into summer. Released last week, Job Service North Dakota’s latest regional reports for job openings in central North Dakota and the Oil Patch region…

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    Hazen High School and Lincoln Elementary Students Win Second Round of #ShowYourEnergy Video Challenge

    Bismarck, N.D. – Megan McCarthy, Jaedyn Dockters, Jayce Zuern and Kolby Bennett from Hazen High School won the second round of the #ShowYourEnergy competition for students in the Grades 7-12 category, while Madison Wood, Nora Harrington and De’Vyon Kehr of Lincoln Elementary won the contest in the Grades 1 through 6 category.  Both groups won…

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    Oil company awards $500,000 grant to University of Mary for new School of Engineering

    By Bismarck Tribune staff BISMARCK—Andeavor, an oil company that operates 10 refineries in the western U.S., has awarded the University of Mary in Bismarck a $500,000 grant to support the development of a new laboratory within the new School of Engineering. The grant will support the development of an on-campus Control Systems Laboratory that will allow…

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    These AR Goggles Are Making Faster Fixes in Oil Fields

    By Milana Vinn Replacing parts of an outdated Baker Hughes turbine at a petrochemical plant in Johor Bahru, Malaysia, is about as fun as it sounds. The chore was supposed to halt operations at the facility for at least 10 days and cost $50,000 to fly a specialized U.S. work crew about 9,000 miles. Instead,…

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    5 reasons teachers should attend the Teacher Education Seminar

    If you are a North Dakota educator, here are 5 reasons you should attend the Teacher Education Seminar:   Earn credits Our Teacher Education Seminar is designed to help you fulfill your professional development requirements. Participants will be eligible for two professional development credits from MSU, NDSU or UND. These credits may be used for…

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    Annual job fair to have a double date

    Williston, Watford City will each host a spring job fair this year By Renée Jean [email protected] Oiltown is big, and getting bigger, if Williston-area job postings are any indication. Williston’s Job ServicesND office lists 1,326 job openings this month, an increase of 367 job postings over last month. The state agency represents a fraction of…

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    U.S. to overtake Russia as top oil producer by 2019 at latest: IEA

    TOKYO (Reuters) – The United States will overtake Russia as the world’s biggest oil producer by 2019 at the latest, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said on Tuesday, as the country’s shale oil boom continues to upend global markets. IEA Executive Director Fatih Birol said at an event in Tokyo the United States would overtake…

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    What a great chili can do

    Williston’s oilfield workers gather to give back to a community that many now call home By Renée Jean [email protected] Tiffany Woodward, with G-style Transport, had a condition for the oilfield company before she would agree to take a job with them as their office manager. That condition was that they participate in the API chili…

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    North Dakota Petroleum Council Opens Applications for 2018-2019 Al Golden Scholarships

    2018-2019 scholarship represents a decade of industry commitment to education Bismarck, N.D. – The North Dakota Petroleum Council (NDPC) is now taking applications for its Al Golden Scholarship program for the 2018-2019 school year. The NDPC will award nine $2,000 scholarships to students pursuing degrees or training in an energy-related field. “Workforce recruitment continues to…

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    XTO Energy relocates 20 employees to Williston office

    WILLISTON – XTO Energy Inc., a subsidiary of ExxonMobil, has added 20 jobs to its Williston Field Office. The moves came with the closure of the company’s metro Denver office on Sept. 1, 2017. The closure was part of a larger effort to move employees closer to the field. Williston’s newest residents are high-level employees…

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    U.S. oil industry set to break record, upend global trade

    Liz Hampton, Reuters HOUSTON (Reuters) – Surging shale production is poised to push U.S. oil output to more than 10 million barrels per day – toppling a record set in 1970 and crossing a threshold few could have imagined even a decade ago. And this new record, expected within days, likely won’t last long. The…

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    2017’s top 10 stories — No. 4: Dakota Access, technology bring oil through downturn

    By Renée Jean [email protected] Legal wrangling yet continues for the Dakota Access pipeline, but oil has been flowing through it for about half of 2017, and the line is already demonstrating what industry experts have said all along: The 1,172-mile pipeline is a Bakken game changer. Dakota Access was proposed to carry up to 570,000…

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    Energy Awareness Campaign Off to a Great Start

    Hazen High School Students Win First Round of #ShowYourEnergy Video Competition Bismarck, N.D. – Jaden Schmitz, Jacob Moeykens and Jase Rogness from Hazen High School won the first round of the #ShowYourEnergy competition with their video outlining how energy affects our morning routine, how we communicate, how we travel and even how some of us…

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    Tree project essential for N.D. future

    It’s no secret that North Dakota’s tree rows and shelterbelts are getting old and need replacement. Going back to the days of the Dust Bowl in the 1930s, about 55,000 miles of shelterbelts and tree rows were planted in the state. The trees have done their job. The windbreaks helped fight erosion, increased row crop…

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    Hazen students are winners in #Show Your Energy competition

    Jaden Schmitz, Jacob Moeykens and Jase Rogness from Hazen High School won the first round of the #ShowYourEnergy competition with their video outlining how energy affects our morning routine, how we communicate, how we travel and even how some of us see things, according to a press release. The students are members of teacher Chris…

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    Hazen High School Students Win First Round Of #Showyourenergy Video Challenge

    Bismarck, N.D. – Jaden Schmitz, Jacob Moeykens and Jase Rogness from Hazen High School won the first round of the #ShowYourEnergy competition with their video outlining how energy affects our morning routine, how we communicate, how we travel and even how some of us see things. The students are members of teacher Chris Harvey’s video…

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    Letter: Keep momentum of energy revolution

    As Printed in the Bismarck Tribune, Dec. 18, 2017 The revolution of American energy is in full force, a fact weighing heavily on the ministers of OPEC in their last meeting. Despite OPEC’s failed attempt to crush us three years ago, America has become the undisputed leader in energy production. Our competitive forces released the…

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    Planting for the Future project will add 55,000 trees in North Dakota

    AMY DALRYMPLE Bismarck Tribune About 55,000 trees will be planted in North Dakota over the next few years through a partnership involving the state Outdoor Heritage Fund, the oil and gas industry and private landowners. The North Dakota Industrial Commission approved last week about $108,000 in grant funding to support a tree habitat program proposed…

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    Crews ‘just keeping up’ with rigs statewide

    Crews ‘just keeping up’ with rigs statewide By Renée Jean [email protected] Oil production is continuing a gentle rise, but that hasn’t translated into fewer drilled but uncompleted wells or inactive wells. North Dakota’s Director of Mineral Resources Lynn Helms said he believes the trend might be due in part to prices, but also to lack…

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    Hoses offer an efficient way to transport water to hydraulic fracturing sites

    By: Steve Kirch MBI Energy Service has implemented a new way to transport water to it’s hydraulic fracturing sites, that is both more efficient and safer Over the past few years MBI Energy Services has installed 35 miles of Lay Flat Hose to transport water to its service areas. “The fracing business uses a lot of water, so…

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    A Sporting Chance: Donation helps give those with disabilities access to the outdoors

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    BEA: Thanks to Oil and Gas Growth, Mining Sector is Largest Contributor to U.S. GDP in Second Quarter

    Expansion in the mining sector — which includes oil and gas development — was the driving force behind U.S. economic growth in the second quarter of 2017, new data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) shows. BEA found that mining contributed to growth in all but one state in Q2 2017, led by increased oil and…

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    Sporting Chance gives access to outdoors and new experiences

    Bilfinger Westcon donates to help further the mission   I thank the Lord in heaven, for my life He did enhance For with friends, His grace and blessing, I got my “Sporting Chance.” – Steve Piper   Like many fathers, J.R. Kasper has a love and appreciation for the outdoors that he wanted to share…

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    NDPC Members Partner with United Way, other local agencies and organizations in “Fueling Fun” Toy Drive

    Bismarck, N.D. – The Energy of North Dakota is hosting its Fueling Fun Toy Drive in partnership with United Way and other local charitable organizations to help collect toys for disadvantaged children this holiday season. This year marks the fourth time the NDPC has hosted this event, collecting more than 800 toys for children throughout…

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    Mule Deer Foundation schedules next organizational meeting

    North Dakota deer season is here and serves as a reminder of the many volunteers who help rebuild and support the habitat needed to continue this great heritage. The Muddy Buck Chapter in Williston and the Bakken Roughnecks Chapter in Watford City are currently looking for new members and volunteers to help as their chapters grow…

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    Production in Bakken cleared 1.1 million barrel per day mark; more increases may be ahead

    By Renée Jean [email protected]  For the eighth consecutive month, oil production in North Dakota hovered over the 1 million barrel per day mark, and incrementally climbed its way back to another milestone. September production was 1.107 million barrels per day, up from August’s 1.089 million. It is the first time since March 2016 that North…

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    McKenzie County Healthcare System Receives $250,000 Donation

    By Jemeisha Lyde WATFORD CITY, N.D. – Construction on McKenzie County Healthcare System is moving forward, thanks to a $250,000 donation made by Targa Badlands. “It’s a great moment for Watford City and we’re very proud to be a part of it,” said David Low, Targa area manager. Adequate healthcare is vital to a growing community, a…

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    Dakota Access donates toward Williams County disaster trailer

    By Renée Jean [email protected] Williams County Emergency Management Director Mike Smith has been raising money for a disaster medical assistance trailer. Tuesday he got another $20,000, this time from Dakota Access. Hess, Oasis and Burlington Northern Santa Fe have made donations totaling $40,000, bringing the total received so far to $60,000. An additional $25,000 has…

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    Pipeline company gives to emergency responders

    The company behind the Dakota Access Pipeline stopped in Mandan on Tuesday evening as part of an effort to donate to emergency management departments in all four states the pipeline crosses. fficials from three counties gathered at the Mandan Rural Fire Department with a handful of employees from Energy Transfer Partners to receive checks from…

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    UND petroleum program gears up despite industry downturn

    By Andrew Haffner The UND Petroleum Engineering Department has a tight industry focus, which means instructors push students to get hands-on experience in the field. Normally that would mean a trip west to the Bakken oilfields. But after a series of major investments in the department’s home in the university’s Collaborative Energy Complex, a piece of…

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    Dakota Access announces $140,000 donation to ND first responders

    Dakota Access Pipeline announced Friday the company will donate $20,000 to first responders in each county along the four-state pipeline route, including $140,000 for seven North Dakota counties. The donations are intended to help emergency management departments purchase new equipment, perform training or meet other needs that benefit first responders, the company said in a…

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    No Bust Here: Energy Elevates Education

    Western schools see enrollment increase, record number of students Stories of a “bust” in the oil and gas industry give the impression that only tumbleweeds inhabit western North Dakota, but the situation is anything but. Instead, communities have seen a stabilization in their growth and some communities are even seeing some of their highest school…

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    ND Mule Deer Foundation Hosts Organizational Socials

    North Dakota deer season is upon us and as sportsmen prepare to get out in the field, it’s important to remember the many volunteers who help rebuild and support the habitat needed to continue this great heritage. The Mule Deer Foundation has really done some great work in 2017 by increasing its sportsman access initiative…

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    Over one ton of food and essential items collected during F.E.A.S.T.

    The oil and gas industry collected more than 2,770 pounds of food and other essential items last month during the Food, Essentials and Supplies Throwdown, a friendly competition among companies to collect the most items. Bilfinger Westcon won the competition hosted by the Energy of North Dakota and won $1,000 to donate to the charity…

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    Veterans to be the focus of hiring summit

    Veterans have long been sought after to fill many oilfield jobs that are available, but the channels used to recruit servicemember to the industry often fall short. Fortis Energy Services, a company that has shown years-long commitment to hiring vets, will host a summit on November 6 to discuss how employers can better turn their…

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    “Impulse buy” triggers chain reaction at Old Settlers Parade

    It started out as a bit of an impulse buy. Conrad Ellis went to the store to purchase candy for the Old Settlers Parade in Alexander, N.D. and decided it would be fun to also give away a few bicycles and helmets. According to The Roundup, that impulse was infectious. A vendor walked into Ellis’…

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    North Dakota Petroleum Council Recognizes 2017-2018 Al Golden Scholarship Recipients

    BISMARCK, ND – The North Dakota Petroleum Council (NDPC) awarded a total of $18,000 from the Al Golden Scholarship Fund to nine students pursuing a post-secondary education in geology, engineering, processing plant technology, science, technology or other careers related to the oil and gas industry. The nine recipients, who were recognized during the NDPC’s Annual…

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    After the boom: Community finds calm after frantic years

    By Andrew Haffner, Grand Forks Herald WILLISTON—It was a quiet afternoon in a downtown Williston art store. A passerby might quickly recognize the point of the QuickDraw Art Studio by the decorative brushes with paint-dipped bristles that hang in front windows. Once inside, one would find supplies lining the walls and easels standing at the…

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    Companies kick off carbon capture project in North Dakota

    Companies kick off carbon capture project in North Dakota Formal studies of a potential carbon dioxide capturing system for coal power plants is kicking off in North Dakota. A group of industry and state partners has started the preliminary feasibility studies for Project Tundra, which would install a system to capture carbon from the flue…

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    Kiwanis Club hosts Talkin the Bakken

    By Frank Stanko • Daily News [email protected] Rob Lindberg and Kathy Neset want North Dakotans to help keep the Bakken strong and healthy. Neset is a geologist who’s also president of her own consulting service. Lindberg is director of Bakken Backers, a coalition of citizens, workers, businesses and leaders who support the region and its…

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    Student video contest launched to promote energy awareness

    North Dakota is launching an energy awareness campaign, challenging students to focus on science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) while competing in a video contest. The campaign announced Wednesday by Gov. Doug Burgum invites K-12 teachers and students to submit videos about the state’s oil and gas resources using skills and knowledge from STEAM….

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    Burgum proclaims October Energy Awareness Month; announces Energy Awareness campaign and video contest

    BISMARCK, N.D. (October 4, 2017) – Governor Doug Burgum has proclaimed October Energy Awareness Month in North Dakota. This proclamation coincides with a national Energy Awareness campaign promoted by the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission (IOGCC). The IOGCC is a multi-state government agency, of which Burgum is a member. The IOGCC advocates for environmentally…

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    Succeed 2020: A $25 Million Hess Investment

    Malique Rankin, KX News   Hess corporation invested 25 million dollars to education and workforce initiative in North Dakota. Today, they explained how that money is being used in our schools and communities. Succeed 2020 is the program helping middle and high schoolers prepare for college and the workforce. It’s a five year plan to help increase scholarship…

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    Not going away: Red River Valley companies still have stake in Bakken business

    By April Baumgarten, Forum Communications There was a time when 38 percent of JLG’s Architects’ work came out of Williston, CEO and President Lonnie Laffen said. The Grand Forks business was so busy that it had to buy a company plane, which was cheaper and more efficient than driving every day from Minot, the closest city…

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    From Dickinson to Dickinson: Education and energy find common purpose in storm relief

    By Patrick Bernadeau and Iain Woessner   With the states of Florida and Texas still reeling from deadly, catastrophic storms, a pair of local schools are doing their part to get those locations back on their feet. Students at Dickinson High School and Dickinson Middle School took the initiative, brainstorming and following through on plans to help…

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    Oasis Petroleum Hosts Bike Giveaway During Alexander’s Old Settler’s Day

    Oasis Petroleum has been an Old Settlers Parade participant for several years but this year Conrad Ellis wanted to do something different! When he went to town to purchase candy to give away he thought it would be fun to give away a couple bikes and helmets as well….he had them in his office and…

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    Walther wins Bakken U Scholarship

    Minot State University student Nicole Walther is one of two individuals who was awarded the Bakken U Scholarship for 2017-18, the North Dakota University System announced. The scholarship is given through donations from the North Dakota Petroleum Council. Dickinson State’s Owen Short was named as the second award winner. Walther, a Williston native, is currently…

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    Companies Compete to Collect Food and Essentials for Those in Need

    Bismarck, N.D. – It’s going to be a throwdown for North Dakota Petroleum Council (NDPC) members as they kick off a competition to see which company can collect the most food, essentials and supplies for their communities. The industry is launching “FEAST” – a Food, Essentials and Supplies Throwdown – this month to help food…

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    Helping hands follow in the wake of Harvey

    LATEST NEWS UPCOMING EVENTS HELPING HANDS FOLLOW IN THE WAKE OF HARVEY Oil and Gas Industry Unites to Help Those in Need Hurricane Harvey is considered the worst natural disaster in history, but what it may have caused in damages, it has not broken in spirit. In the aftermath of the storm, individuals, companies and…

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    Helping hands follow in the wake of Harvey

    Oil and Gas Industry Unites to Help Those in Need Hurricane Harvey is considered the worst natural disaster in history, but what it may have caused in damages, it has not broken in spirit. In the aftermath of the storm, individuals, companies and organizations are banding together to help those who have been affected, and…

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    ONEOK to Donate $500,000 for Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts

    ONEOK, Inc. (NYSE: OKE) today announced that the ONEOK Foundation will contribute $500,000 for Hurricane Harvey relief efforts, which consists of an immediate donation of $300,000 to the American Red Cross of Greater Houston. The remaining $200,000 will be committed to support ONEOK’s employee-led charitable organization already created to help ONEOK employees in times of…

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    Safety Spotlight: Corval Group Reaches Seven Million Hours Worked with No Lost Time Injuries.

    Corval Group reached a significant milestone in July when it achieved 7 million hours worked without a lost time injury. Corval credits the company’s focus and dedication to its vision of “No One Gets Hurt” and the proactive safety culture within the company. The company’s last lost workday occurred more than a decade ago in…

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    Kinder Morgan’s $250,000 contribution is largest single donation to Arnegard fire station

    Kinder Morgan presented a $250,000 check to the Arnegard Fire Department earlier this month, making the company’s donation the largest given to the new station. “Thanks to this generous investment from Kinder Morgan, the Arnegard Fire Department is positioned to respond to the public safety needs of our community and surrounding areas as the population…

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    Slawson donation helps improve Van Hook’s access to water supply

    For several years, members of the Van Hook Park traveled eight miles to New Town and back to get water for their homes and cabins, but thanks to a $50,000 donation from Slawson Exploration Company, residents will soon have a water kiosk right in the park. “When the proposal for Rural Water at Van Hook…

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    Crestwood’s credit toward health

    McKenzie County Health Systems received another early Christmas present this month when Crestwood Equity Partners LP pledged a $150,000 contribution to the new state-of-the-art medical facility. Crestwood’s pledged donation will go toward the McKenzie County Healthcare System’s nursing station in the new hospital, which is scheduled to be completed next summer. “Crestwood is honored to…

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    All-female team takes on rig training

    By Renée Jean [email protected] When she was in her 20s, Loren Ferguson thought about getting a job in the oilfield, but her dad talked her out of it. She was attracted to the money, but dad was so concerned about the idea, he actually offered to pay her not to pursue it. “That’s a hard…

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    Crestwood Donates to McKenzie County Healthcare Systems’ New Medical Facility

    Crestwood Equity Partners LP (NYSE:CEQP) (“Crestwood”) announced today that it has pledged $150,000 to McKenzie County Healthcare Systems’ new medical facility in Watford City, North Dakota. The new medical facility is currently under construction and scheduled to be completed in the summer of 2018. The donation will provide Crestwood with a naming privilege to the…

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    Enbridge holds safety drill on Missouri River

    By Renée Jean [email protected] The challenges of the fast-flowing Missouri River in summer were what lay before about 40 Enbridge employees Tuesday afternoon. The employees participated in one of the regular training sessions the Midstream Energy company requires all of its employees to take at least once a year. Out on the water, a boat…

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    Crestwood donates to Watford City medical facility

    By Renée Jean [email protected] Crestwood Equity Partners is the latest oil and gas company to contribute to Watford City’s new medical center.  The company, which has an office in Watford City, is donating $150,000 to the new facility and will be naming the nursing station in the hospital side.  The $74 million medical facility has…

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    This generation will carry on tradition of leading the Bakken

    Tanner Hopfauf, Dickinson, North Dakota API Dickinson recently selected and announced its 2017 scholarship recipients and a total of $19,000 was given to 26 young adults. I am one of the lucky recipients and would like to say thank you to the volunteers of API Dickinson and all those in the oil and gas industry and…

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    State fair-goers learn about what oil industry means to ND

    By JILL SCHRAMM / Minot Daily News MINOT, N.D.—Helping people grasp the impact petroleum products have on their lives was the goal of a stage show that took place at the North Dakota State Fair Thursday. Petroleum is in everything from smart phones and iPads to shoes and sunglasses. It is used in wood treatments, paints,…

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    Letter: Event shows Bakken region alive and well

    To the editor, Last Tuesday, Westhope was fortunate to host the North Dakota Petroleum Council’s 17th Cookfest at its school. Each year, the cookout is held in a western North Dakota small town whose economy relies on oil and gas development. Oil producers pair with a service company from the industry in competition with one…

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    Slawson Exploration helps Van Hook Rural Water Project with major donation

    Slawson Exploration Company presented a check for $50,000 to the Mountrail County Park Board to fund the Rural Water Project taking place at Van Hook Recreation Area on Wednesday, July 26. Todd Slawson, president of Slawson Exploration Company presented the check and stated that, “…When the proposal for Rural Water at Van Hook came across my…

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    Results for the 2017 Bakken Classic Fishing Derby

    The Bakken Classic Fishing Derby sponsored by the Energy of North Dakota was another great success, with 72 teams competing and helping raise more than $15,000 for fish and wildlife projects. Thank you to all who participated, and we look forward to doing it again next year! Congratulations to Joey Olson, Mark Feland and Rick…

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    A Visit with Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg

    It was fun to provide a Bakken drilling rig tour for Mark Zuckerberg as part of his visit America tour. He had more questions than we had time in our two hours at the rig. He took the time to meet and visit with many of the employees and learn about their jobs and experiences…

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    How Energy Benefits You This Fourth

    LATEST NEWS UPCOMING EVENTS STAR-SPANGLED ENAMORED This Independence Day, Americans want a lot of things. We want barbecue, burgers and patriotic parades. We want beach towels, cold beer and big booms on display. Chances are you’re one of the more than 219 million Americans who are planning to celebrate Independence Day, and whether you’re one…

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    Volunteer, Deer

    Public access to prime habitat is a top priority for sportsmen and women. Thanks to a partnership among several conservation groups, the North Dakota Game and Fish, the oil and gas industry, other corporate sponsors and a rancher, there’s about to be more of it. Portions of a $480,000 Outdoor Heritage Fund grant are being…

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    We’re Star-Spangled Enamored for the Red, White and Blue

    This Independence Day, Americans want to celebrate freedom. We want to celebrate with barbecue, burgers and patriotic parades. We want beach towels, cold beer and big booms on display. For the more than 219 million Americans who are planning to celebrate Independence Day, oil and natural gas is making a lot of it happen. According…

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    Let’s Clear the Air. Hess Reducing Air Emissions in North Dakota

    Hess Corporation announced today that its operations in North Dakota are on track to meet the air quality guidelines developed by the North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH). The guidelines seek to reduce the level of “fugitive emissions” (such as methane and other organic compounds) that can be released into the air through potential leak…

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    ND Petroleum Council hosts teacher seminar

    By DAVE THOMPSON More than 50 teachers from North Dakota and eastern Montana are attending the annual North Dakota Petroleum Council Teacher education Seminar at Bismarck State College. The Council has been doing these seminars for more than 30 years. Council president Ron Ness said it’s a great way to get the facts about the energy…

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    June gas prices in North Dakota hit 12-year low

    By April Baumgarten Gas price averages for the month of June in North Dakota have hit lows not seen in more than a decade, and consumers could enjoy low prices nationwide in the coming weeks, according to AAA. The average North Dakota price for gas as of Monday was $2.26 per gallon, according to the automobile…

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    Oil, gas industry generous

    By Tanner Hopfauf, University of North Dakota API Dickinson recently selected and announced its 2017 scholarship recipients and gave a total of $19,000 to 26 young adults. I am one of the lucky recipients and would like to say thank you to the volunteers of API Dickinson and all those in the oil and gas…

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    North Dakota Petroleum Council Launches Fort Berthold Energy Partners Scholarship

    The North Dakota Petroleum Council (NDPC) and its Energy of North Dakota initiative have recently partnered with Missouri River Resources, Baker Consulting, and J & J Rentals to create the Fort Berthold Energy Partners scholarship program for deserving enrolled members of the MHA Nation pursuing an education and/or career in energy. “Although 16 percent of…

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    ExxonMobil and Employees Contribute More Than $100,000 to North Dakota Colleges and Universities

    ExxonMobil and Employees Contribute More Than $100,000 to North Dakota Colleges and Universities ExxonMobil and its employees contributed more than $100,000 to institutions of higher education across North Dakota as part of the ExxonMobil Foundation’s 2016 Educational Matching Gift Program. ExxonMobil employees, retirees, directors and surviving spouses contributed $31,500 to five North Dakota colleges and…

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    8th Graders Get Hands-On Experience in STEM

    By: Brooke Williams Two hundred eighth grade students were in control, or at the controls rather, for the Great Northwest STEM camp. STEM is really a big initiative nationwide. So it’s just very important if you think about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. They’re separate. Yet they all co-mingle,” says Kim Murphy, interim director of…

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    Group identifies plans for Badlands oil development

    JESSICA HOLDMAN Bismarck Tribune The land between the Elkhorn Ranch and the South Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park was identified as a potential test site for better oil field development practices, allowing industry to drill while also protecting the North Dakota Badlands. The idea for a pilot area came from the Badlands Advisory Group,…

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    Watford readies for “Pick Up the Patch”

    By Jack Dura Farmer Staff Writer With spring’s melting, the snow may be gone but months of trash remain along road ditches. To tackle the debris, Pick Up the Patch returns for another cleanup week May 1-6, seeking volunteers to beautify the Watford City area and other corridors in McKenzie County. Karen Holte, who with…

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    April: Pick Up the Patch, Mule Deer and Toys for Learning

    Pick Up the Patch Kicks Off Tomorrow Energy of North Dakota’s Pick Up the Patch program will kick off this Thursday, April 20, in New Town. Slawson Exploration is partnering with MHA Nation’s North Segment and the New Town Chamber to host a community-wide clean-up beginning at 9:30 a.m. at the Northern Lights Building and…

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    Big Oil’s Rejection of Silicon Valley Is Finally Coming to End

    The nodding donkey was invented nearly a century ago, and it’s still hard at work in the oil patch, virtually unchanged, pumping oil out of the ground. There’s been a recent innovation, though: Algorithms adjust the extraction flow based on computer monitoring hundreds of feet below. Finally. “Onshore North America used to be a market…

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    Give a Little Piece of Your Heart Now, Baby

    Whiting Oil & Gas employees once again showed they were willing to give a little piece of their hearts to those in need by bringing out the most volunteers for the Battle of the Bakken Blood Drive in February. Forty-one Whiting employees donated during the annual blood drive to secure $1,000 for Make-A-Wish Foundation. The…

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    JMAC Raises Money for McKenzie County Emergency Response Vehicle Track N’ Go System

    JMAC Resources is hoping it can help McKenzie County make tracks this spring by matching contributions to outfit an emergency response vehicle with the Track N’ Go system. The campaign first started in January, but already the company is starting a second campaign. Those interested in partnering should contact Karolin Jappe at 701-580-6936 or at the…

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    Baylor, Hess Toy Truck partner on new free STEM initiative

    Baylor College of Medicine and Hess Corporation are partnering to offer a free STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) education curriculum for schools nationwide. Hess and Baylor are making 500 Hess Toy Truck STEM kits available for free. Each kit includes a teacher’s manual with student activity sheets and 10 2016 Hess Toy Truck and Dragsters….

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    Halliburton Donates to College’s Petroleum Department

    WILLISTON, N.D. – Five Halliburton tools worth an estimated $42,000 dollars were donated to WSC’s Petroleum Department late last semester. Welding students under the direction of Tim Delorme, WSC’s Welding Instructor have built a display for the tools. Andrew Eis, Halliburton’s District Service Manager for Completion Tools, provided Gerald McGillivray, WSC’s Petroleum Technology Instructor, with…

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    ConocoPhillips Announces $242,000 in Grants to Local Organizations

    DICKINSON, N.D. – ConocoPhillips announced the presentation of $242,000 in charitable grants to 12 organizations from five counties in the Williston Basin at an event in Dickinson.   This year’s recipients included area volunteer first responders, healthcare facilities, schools and civic and environmental organizations. The largest of these donations was a $100,000 grant to the…

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    Mule Deer Foundation Hosts Bakken Banquets

    The Mule Deer Foundation has been busy in North Dakota thanks to our members, volunteers and conservation partners such as the ND Petroleum Council! The Foundation has funded critical wildlife and habitat conservation projects for the last 14 years in North Dakota.  North Dakota chapters have helped NDGF on a 4 year mule deer study…

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    NORTH DAKOTA MIGHT BE THE BEST STATE FOR YOUNG ADULTS

    BY JANICE WILLIAMS  For young adults looking for opportunity, there’s apparently no better place than North Dakota.  A wave of young people relocating to the state has put North Dakota at the top of a list of best states for young adults to live in 2017. U.S. News released a list Tuesday of the top…

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    The DNA of oil wells: U.S. shale enlists genetics to boost output

    By Ernest Scheyder | HOUSTON A small group of U.S. oil producers has been trying to exploit advances in DNA science to wring more crude from shale rock, as the domestic energy industry keeps pushing relentlessly to cut costs and compete with the world’s top exporters. Shale producers have slashed production costs as much as…

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    How is the Bakken Similar to a Cookie?

    WATCH: http://www.clipsyndicate.com/video/play/6846966  Above ground, North Dakota’s energy industry produces almost one million barrels of oil per day. But what does that look like below ground? Tim Olson has tonight’s Eye on Energy. (Tim Olson) When Alison Ritter of the North Dakota Dept. of Mineral Resources describes the state’s oil patch, she might make you hungry…

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    ND Oil Patch sees high demand for workers

    By Amy Dalrymple, Forum Communications WILLISTON, N.D. — Human resources manager Judy Billehus had goosebumps as job-seekers filled a Williston job fair Wednesday, March 22. “I knew it was going to be hopping,” said Billehus, who was recruiting workers to fill oilfield and construction-related jobs for JMAC Resources. Compared to the past two major Williston…

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    Spring job fair a sold-out show with 60 employers

    Hundreds of openings for workers, in oil and other fields By Renée Jean [email protected] Last year through March there were six job fairs at the North Dakota Job Services in Williston — not shabby considering it was in the midst of the downturn — but, for the same period this year, there have been 27…

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    Employers seeking workers in Billings as demand rises in the oil patch

    By ERIK OLSON [email protected] With activity rising in the oil patch, Becky Riedl and Tracy Thompson had a compelling message for job seekers in Billings Thursday: Stay closer to home. “They don’t want to go to North Dakota, or Eastern Montana. They don’t want to be away for months,” said Riedl, who works at Billings…

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    NOW HIRING: Ramp up in activity increases need in new employees

    NOW HIRING: INCREASING ACTIVITY CALLS FOR INCREASING WORKFORCE With spring on the horizon and more stable markets, activity is set to ramp up and many companies are starting the hunt for new employees to help fill vacancies in their workforces. This is welcome news in many communities that have weathered nearly five years of the downturn…

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    Petroleum industry looking to increase safety for anticipated oil activity

    BISMARCK, N.D. – The North Dakota Petroleum Council expects an uptick in activity in the Bakken. Monday, they held a safety meeting to discuss better practices for inexperienced workers. North Dakota’s petroleum industry is facing a recruitment problem. The state oil rig count is predicted to increase and well service companies are looking to hire…

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    Neset appointed to second higher ed board term

    NICK SMITH Bismarck Tribune The chairwoman of the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education was appointed Thursday by Gov. Doug Burgum to a second term on the board. Kathleen Neset now awaits a confirmation vote from the Senate. Burgum appointed Neset from among three finalists considered for the board, which consists of seven members…

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    XTO Energy awards $50,000 in grants to Bakken-area charities

    DENVER, COLORADO —  XTO Energy Inc., a subsidiary of Exxon Mobil Corporation, today announced it has awarded grants totaling $50,000 to two charities serving communities in the Bakken formation area in North Dakota. These grants are part of XTO’s second-annual “Give Back to the Bakken”grant program. Community Action Partnership in Dickinson, N.D., and Ronald McDonald…

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    Scoping It Out: Area educators receive Statoil STEM grants

    Thomas. A. Kvamme, Williston Herald Looking to the future, back in 2015, a group of area residents banded together and formed what is now known as the Northwest North Dakota Community Foundation (NWNDCF). The idea behind this group is to work on improving the quality of life on the western edge of the state. Board…

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    Oh, the places you’ll go: Library gets young kids interested in reading with free new program

    By BRYCE MARTIN Pioneer Editor | [email protected] “We want to get books into the hands of young children as soon as possible,” said Sarah Snavely, director of the Bowman Regional Public Library. And that is precisely the goal for the library’s newest literacy program, Imagination Library. Professional organizations like the American Academy of Pediatrics and…

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    North Dakota Petroleum Council Accepting Applications For Al Golden Scholarships

    Bismarck, N.D. – The North Dakota Petroleum Council (NDPC) is seeking applicants for the Al Golden Memorial Scholarship program, which will provide a $2,000 scholarship to nine qualified college students pursuing a post-secondary education in geology, engineering, processing plant technology, science, technical skills or other careers related to the oil and gas industry. The application…

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    Cooking for a Cause: Three Ways Industry Is Bringing the Heat When it Comes to Helping

    MONTHLY NEWSLETTER FOR JANUARY 2017     BAKKEN BLOOD DRIVE UNDERWAY The Third Annual Battle of the Bakken Blood Drive kicked off on January 27 and has a full slate of donation opportunities today through Feb. 28. The blood drive, which is hosted by the North Dakota Petroleum Council (NDPC) in partnership with United Blood Services (UBS),…

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    Whiting Petroleum Corporation Contributes $50,000 to New Medical Campus

    Watford City—Construction of the new, state-of-the-art medical campus is well underway. McKenzie County Healthcare Systems’ (MCHS) new medical campus is designed to enhance outpatient and inpatient care, meet the community’s primary and urgent care needs, provide for surgical procedures and equip the Howard Bonner Memorial Emergency Room with technology necessary for the best, most immediate…

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    Battle of the Bakken Blood Drive Kicks Off Jan. 27

    Bismarck, N.D. – The Third Annual Battle of the Bakken Blood Drive will kick off tomorrow, January 27. The blood drive, which is hosted by the North Dakota Petroleum Council (NDPC) in partnership with United Blood Services, pits companies operating in the Bakken against one another in a friendly competition to recruit the most volunteers…

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    North Dakota pulls top spot for raising a family

    By Melissa Krause [email protected] Silvia Zubke moved from the bustling South American city of Bogota, Colombia to the quiet of North Dakota — or so she thought. Now, 9 years later, she’s watched Williston undergo a dramatic transformation, and she and her three young sons are some of the faces that have changed it.  North…

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    Bakken U Scholarship Helps Student Further Education

    By Alison Kelly | [email protected] During the oil downturn, a number of individuals have been laid off and lost their jobs. But some are using the opportunity to go back to school and add new skills sets to their tool box. “Petroleum is advancing with technology. The rigs, they walk. They move by themselves,” says Anna…

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    Fellowship program from Statoil helps STEM educators

    By Melissa Krause [email protected] A new K-12 grant program rolled out Tuesday by Statoil is designed to help ensure educators continue their investment in science, technology, engineering and math education, popularly known as STEM. In a partnership with the Northwest North Dakota Community Foundation, Statoil allocated $50,000 to create the Statoil STEM Education Fellowship program….

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    New pumping unit in TrainND

    By Melissa Krause [email protected] From the arid sands of Aztec, New Mexico, a new pumping unit has made a long trek to its new home at TrainND-Northwest. With an anticipated upswing of oil production in the coming year, XTO Energy has offered support of the area workforce by aiding  developmental programing efforts. To continue the…

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    ‘Secret Santa’ brings cheer to unpaid Bakken oil field workers

    Dozens of oil field workers who went unpaid when their employer went out of business in 2015 received something special in their stockings this holiday season. The Laborers District Council of Minnesota and North Dakota and Labors’ Union Local 563 announced that an anonymous donor tied to the state’s oil and pipeline industry has provided…

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    Ugly Sweaters for Wishes

    The weather may have been frightful on Saturday, December 17, but that’s not why things got ugly in Dickinson. Rather, it was because of the 90 people clad in their ugliest Christmas sweaters who took to the streets for the inaugural Ugly Sweater Pub Crawl. Sure to become a holiday tradition, the event was created…

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    Ron Ness: Science, law should prevail in DAPL approval

    BISMARCK—The debate over the Dakota Access Pipeline has become one that is centered almost entirely on emotion and politics rather than reason, logic or science, as was proven earlier this month when President Barack Obama refused to grant operators the final easement required to complete the project. That decision marked a disturbing day for America…

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    Spreading the warmth

    By Renée Jean [email protected] A coat and hat drive has turned into scholarship money for Williston State College, thanks to a little wintertime triple play that included a team effort by Watford-based E & M Services and the North Dakota Petroleum Council. The latter sponsored a coat and hat drive contest called Spread the Warmth…

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    A ringing response: Weatherford employees pitch in to raise money for Salvation Army

    By Melissa Krause [email protected] With red kettles to fill, the negative temperatures are not keeping the Weatherford staff at bay. The automatic doors at Cash Wise offered little buffer from the elements on Monday, but Denise Gustafson remained earnest in her efforts to motivate shoppers to part with their spare change to benefit the local…

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    Arthaud awarded University of Mary’s first Virtuous Leadership Award

    By Kalsey Stults, Dickinson Press Jim Arthaud started a three employee company in 1979 called MBI Energy Services. That company quickly became well known in the Bakken and quickly grew to become the largest independent oil field service provider in the Williston Basin. MBI is headquartered in Belfield but has locations across North Dakota, Colorado…

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    Stanford experts discuss legal and environmental challenges at Standing Rock

    Protestors against the Dakota Access Pipeline have raised legal and environmental challenges against the pipeline’s construction. Stanford experts explain the current legal status of the pipeline and discuss environmental implications. BY DEVON RYAN Since April, protesters have been in a standoff with law enforcement authorities over a planned underground pipeline that would transport crude oil…

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    Hoeven on Senate floor: Pipeline issue ‘needs to be resolved’

    Editor’s note: On Wednesday, Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., addressed the Dakota Access Pipeline situation from the floor of the U.S. Senate. The following is a full transcript of his remarks. * * * WASHINGTON—I rise to speak today and respond to comments from some of my colleagues on the Dakota Access Pipeline and the ongoing…

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    Bakken companies ready to show off their ugly sweaters

    Interview: Tiffany Steiner and Jackie Schmidt, MBI Energy Services, Dickinson, ND The two talk about holiday events in the Bakken focusing on the industry even, the Bakken Ugly Sweater Pub Crawl in Dickinson, ND. LISTEN NOW

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    Oil Patch Job Postings Increase Seen as Early Signal of Recovery

    By David Wethe, Bloomberg Job postings are returning to the U.S. oil patch as the global crude market continues to recover. In the five states where the crude industry carries the highest impact on the local labor market, the number of oilfield listings as a share of total work posts climbed 52.1 percent from August…

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    Editorial: World of oil welcomes Dakota Access Pipeline protesters’ return

    By Tom Dennis, Grand Forks Herald The world of wood is a great place to visit. But when a snowstorm whites out the North Dakota plains, the drifts start covering tents, and the temperatures plunge to frostbite-within-minutes levels, it sure is nice to have the world of oil to retreat to. Which sums up much…

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    Army Corps of Engineers Had Actually Recommended Dakota Access Pipeline Route Approval

    by COURTNEY KUBE and DANIEL A. MEDINA   A civilian leader in the Army made the decision to deny an easement to the controversial Dakota Access oil pipeline despite Army Corps of Engineers recommendations that it be granted, according to officials and a document. Because of the pipeline’s size — 30 inches in diameter —…

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    Alternate route raises questions for pipeline’s future

    By Renée Jean [email protected] The recent ruling by the Corps of Engineers to deny the easement for the Lake Oahe crossing and seek an alternate route for the Dakota Access pipeline raises issues that are troubling for future permitting processes, North Dakota’s Public Service Commission’s Chair says. Meanwhile, Energy Transfer Partners has said it will…

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    NDPC Members Partner with Toys for Tots, Area Food Pantries in Fuel Food and Fun Drive

    Bismarck, N.D. – The North Dakota Petroleum Council (NDPC) and its members are partnering with Toys for Tots and area food pantries to host the Third Annual Fuel Food and Fun Drive. The charitable drive, which starts today, will help collect toys and nonperishable food items for the holiday season. “Our members and their employees…

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    October: Don’t Miss Out on a $25,000 Treat This Halloween

    MONTHLY NEWSLETTER FOR OCTOBER 2016     THIS AIN’T NO TRICK A few days remain for nonprofit organizations in Montana and North Dakota to apply for two $25,000 grants from XTO Energy. The grants, says XTO Energy, is a show of appreciation for the communities in eastern Montana and western North Dakota who have welcomed the company…

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    Sharing those Warm Fuzzies

    It may not be the holiday season just yet, but the oil and gas industry has already been doing its best to instill the warm fuzzies in others this fall – both literally and figuratively. More than 1,300 winter apparel items were collected during the NDPC’s 2nd Annual Spread the Warmth Winter Clothing drive this…

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    On the Standing Rock tribe’s Dakota Pipeline Protest …

    SCOTT GATES·MONDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2016 I must state up front … I am a strong proponent of Native American rights. Too often throughout history America’s early inhabitants have been treated grossly unfairly … and worse. My initial reaction to hearing about the Standing Rock/Dakota Access Pipeline protest was to support them. But then, as I…

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    Kevin Killough: Water Is Life? Energy Is Life.

    Cross-posted from SayAnythingBlog.com The “water is life” slogan has hash tagged its way across the internet and serves as the rallying cry for people who oppose the Dakota Access Pipeline—and pretty much the entire petroleum industry. This attitude speaks of a privileged, first-world viewpoint with little understanding or concern for where our modern sanitation comes…

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    Downturn doesn’t dampen donations

    By Renée Jean [email protected] The downturn hasn’t seemed to affect the size of donations the oil and gas sector is giving to big community projects in the region. A $74 million hospital project in Watford City has been a particular draw for some of these donations, including $1 million from ONEOK, $200,000 from Oasis Petroleum,…

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    Dakota Access likely to be safest pipeline in state

    Modern technology, better materials, stricter standards combine to make pipeline state’s safest By Renée Jean [email protected] In the worst-case scenario, a leak from the Dakota Access pipeline would release 19,000 barrels — about 800,000 gallons — of oil at a location near Williston. That is the maximum release on the North Dakota part of the…

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    Bear Creek natural gas processing plant in Dunn County to soon be at full capacity

    By Sydney Mook on Oct 12 KILLDEER—A new natural gas processing facility north of Killdeer has been completed and is running at 50 percent capacity, officials say. The Bear Creek natural gas processing facility, which was built and is run by ONEOK, will process 80 million cubic feet of natural gas per day. Construction on…

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    September: Name the sources of rising methane emissions…Survey Says!

    MONTHLY NEWSLETTER FOR SEPTEMBER 2016     NAME A SOURCE OF RISING METHANE EMISSIONS… If you guess cow burps, you just scored points for your team on Family Feud, but if you guessed fossil fuels, you gained a strike and failed to get on the board. A study recently released by researchers at the Royal Holloway, University…

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    August: Then and now: How rural North Dakota has schooled the “Emptied Prairie”

    MONTHLY NEWSLETTER FOR AUGUST 2016     BAKKEN BRINGS EDUCATION BACK BIGGER AND BETTER THAN BEFORE It’s Back to School time, and what better way to bring it back than with some lessons on petroleum? Did you know that petroleum plays a crucial part of your education? From iPads and computers to backpacks, tablets and pens, petroleum…

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    ‘This is the real deal’: Experts say Bakken’s promise still bright

    Kathleen Neset started off Wednesday’s remarks at UND’s Center for Innovation—made to more than a dozen guests—by making it clear exactly what kind of role the North Dakota’s energy industry now plays. Standing before long tables of guests, she used slides to show the U.S. energy industry is now a world leader and the state…

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    Williston State College extends free tuition program

    By BLAKE NICHOLSON BISMARCK, N.D. — A Williston State College program that offers free tuition and fees to high school graduates in the North Dakota oil patch has pushed enrollments at the school to record highs, and the small two-year school is extending the effort thanks to a new infusion of cash. The college began…

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    HESS Corporation Donates $41,000 to McKenzie County Hospital

    CONTRIBUTION WILL HELP PURCHASE NEEDED COLONSCOPY EQUIPMENT   WATFORD CITY, ND – Hess Corporation (NYSE: HES) presented a $41,924 check to the McKenzie County Healthcare Systems, Inc.  in Watford City for the purchase of a colonoscopy equipment for the existing and new hospital. “McKenzie County Health Center is a critical access, acute care hospital that…

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    Oil industry announces Bakken community donations

    By Forum News Service NEW TOWN – The New Town Ambulance Service will be able to purchase new equipment thanks to an $80,000 donation from Slawson Exploration Co. The check presented this week will allow the ambulance service to purchase radio equipment, medication infusion pumps and CPR devices. New Town, in the heart of the…

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    XTO grants help fund equipment for first-responders

    By Renée Jean [email protected] Williston and other Bakken-area fire departments will be getting needed equipment and training, thanks to a series of grants from XTO, a subsidiary of Exxon Mobil Corp. In all, XTO gave $65,000 to various fire departments and emergency service organizations in the Bakken. “XTO would like to thank the emergency responders…

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    Breakthroughs are fueling the Bakken

    By Renée Jean [email protected] MINOT — Operators have been saying the Bakken is getting better and better, but North Dakota Department of Minerals Director Lynn Helms had the numbers to show it. Not only are today’s wells vastly superior to wells of even two years ago, Helms said, but they now have a lifespan that…

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    NDPC salutes stars of the industry

    By Renée Jean [email protected] Among the many big topics handled by big oil at the annual North Dakota Petroleum Conference this year in Minot, the industry took some time out to recognize four of its members for their work on behalf of the public and the energy industry. Kathy Neset, last year’s Hall of Fame…

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    CHI St. Alexius Williston seeing growth in births

    Nick Amatangelo, KUMV WILLISTON, N.D. – In February, we reported that while there might be a slowdown in oil, there is no slowdown in the number of babies being born in Williston. Nine and a half months into the year, that is still the case. CHI St. Alexius Williston saw its 600th baby born in…

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    The Alexander Public School Gets Well-Deserved Renovations

    The Alexander School in Alexander, ND has gone through many needed changes in the last year. It all began two years ago when school officials began discussing the need for school expansion. At the time they had brought in a modular classroom to house the 5th and 6th grade students. From there, a demographic study…

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    Betting on the Bakken’s future

    Continental shares forecasts and indicators for the Bakken field By Renée Jean [email protected] Continental Resources, the company that bills itself as America’s oil champion, came out swinging at the North Dakota Petroleum Council’s annual meeting, with a comprehensive look at oil’s future in the Bakken. Continental is one of the Bakken’s top 20 oil producers,…

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    NDPC DONATES $10,000 TO MULE DEER FOUNDATION’S HISTORIC BYRON RICHARDS RANCH PROJECT

    BISMARCK, N.D. – The North Dakota Petroleum Council today presented the Mule Deer Foundation (MDF) with a check for $10,000 for the Byron Richards Ranch project, a tract of about 22,000 acres of rugged terrain near Beach, N.D. that will be rehabilitated and enrolled into the North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s (NDGF) Private Land…

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    Help wanted: Fair highlights strong job market

    By Renée Jean [email protected] Oil jobs were flowing at the annual Fall Job Fair, with a line of companies that included Halliburton, Sunoco Logistics, Nuverra, MBI, Purity Oil, E & M Energy Services and more all saying they are seeing steady growth and need more people. “The darkest part is past,” suggested Samuel Gonzalez, director…

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    Oil and Gas Operators to Adopt New Technology to Help Curb Emissions

    New regulations handed down by the EPA have changed the way the oil and gas industry operates. A new technology may help North Dakota’s oil producers meet those rules, while cutting back on the impact industry has on the environment. Even with a cost around one hundred thousand dollars, the use of cameras is becoming…

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    Bakken Area First Responders Receive $65,000 from XTO Energy

    “This grant allowed us to purchase much-needed equipment for community CPR and AED [automatic external defibrillator] training for schools, daycare providers, law enforcement and assisted living homes,” Hafner said. “As North Dakota EMS agencies continue to face threats to our survival in rural communities, community-minded companies like XTO Energy are of great assistance in finding the funding necessary to continue operations.”

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    Gasoline prices prior to Labor Day lowest in 12 years

    The U.S. average retail price for regular gasoline was $2.24/gallon (gal) on August 29, the lowest price on the Monday before Labor Day since 2004, and 27¢/gal lower than the same time last year. Lower crude oil prices are the main factor behind falling U.S. gasoline prices. Lower crude oil prices reflect continued high global crude oil and petroleum product inventories and increased drilling activity in the United States.

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    Oilfield worker earns scholarship to continue education

    By Dustin Monke The Dickinson Press BISMARCK—Chad Schoch thought he’d work in the North Dakota oilfields for two years, at most. He wanted to roughneck, make and save money, pay off his bills, and then be out by the time he was 30. Six years later, the 34-year-old New England man is one of the state’s…

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    Williston’s new high school opens for first day

    WILLISTON, N.D. – After months of construction, Williston’s new high school opened this morning. For freshmen coming to high school for the first time, it can be a little daunting. “I thought ‘am I in the right place? There’s a lot of older people,” said Justin Palmer, freshman. Wednesday, it was almost like everyone was…

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    Full service provided with a message

    Patrons who pulled up to the pumps at Pinnacle in Stanley might have been a bit surprised Aug. 11 when greeted by employees offering to fill their tanks and wash their windows. It was “Throwback Thursday,” a day when Enbridge employees offered the long-gone full service at the pump as a way to spread the…

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    Oil patch schools see enrollment increases

    LAUREN DONOVAN AND BLAIR EMERSON Bismarck Tribune Watford City Public School opening bell rang Thursday with more students at their desks than when school ended, a surprise given the continued slump in oil development across the oil producing region. Superintendent Steve Holen said he has 1,445 students in school as of Monday, an increase of…

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    Richards, wildlife groups create biggest public access in North Dakota

    LAUREN DONOVAN Bismarck Tribune ICHARD ANGUS RANCH — Nate Harling and crew are pounding in more than 100 signs around the biggest public hunting access ever created in North Dakota. Those yellow PLOTS signs, which stand for Private Lands Open to Sportsmen, are a sight for sore eyes to hunters looking for a place to go…

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    Meet one of the Bakken’s energy stars

    XTO’s Emily Snooks talks about her company’s charitable giving campaign By Renée Jean [email protected] When she was a child Emily Snooks dreamed of being a symphony conductor, but the projects she orchestrates today are quite different. Snooks is XTO Energy’s public and government affairs manager, and handles parent company Exxon Mobile’s charitable giving in six…

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    MBI raises $34,000 for Make-A-Wish

    The Press staff, The Dickinson Press MBI Energy Services announced this week that it raised $34,000 in proceeds from its Bakken BBQ to support Make-A-Wish’s efforts to help local children suffering from life-threatening medical conditions. MBI presidented Daviney McKay, a Make-A-Wish kid from Golden Valley, with the ceremonial check. McKay received part of the proceeds…

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    New Stanley school ready

    The first day of school is approaching in Stanley, where elementary students will be greeted by a new $10 million addition. Stanley School District plans an open house for the two-story addition to give the public a chance to view the new spaces. The addition includes 11 classrooms, a new kitchen and administrative and main…

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    Rethinking pipeline reclamation

    By Renée Jean [email protected] Two radishes tell the tale. One was the size of a giant’s thumb. The other the size of a human child’s — stunted by compaction issues on a roadway built to install a pipeline. The radishes were passed around to a group of oilfield representatives touring pipeline reclamation studies at the…

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    NDSU Williston Research Extension Center presents reclamation research

    – Installing oil and gas pipelines is big business in the Bakken, and so is reclaiming the land that is disturbed during the process. North Dakota State University Williston Research Extension Center hosted oil and gas official Wednesday. It’s a topic on many minds in the agriculture and energy industries. “That reclamation does not happen by itself,” says…

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    U.S. frackers surprise themselves as tweaks keep adding barrels

    By Terry Wade and Ernest Scheyder HOUSTON, Aug 3 (Reuters) – Nimble U.S. shale oil producers continue to show an uncanny ability to squeeze more and more crude from new wells, allowing them to do more with less as they try to weather another dip in oil prices to $40 a barrel. Comments from Noble…

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    Enbridge puts on barbecue for United Way

    By Renée Jean [email protected]   It may not be a free lunch, but it is a chance to double your contribution to a worthy cause. For the past nine years, Enbridge has been putting on a barbecue for United Way, and the company will match the dollars raised from the event. “All the proceeds of…

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    Statoil announces $50,000 charitable fund for STEM education

    WILLISTON, N.D. – Statoil announced a $50,000 donation to the Northwest North Dakota Community Foundation, the first oil and gas company to support the newly created nonprofit. The contribution will establish the Statoil North Dakota Charitable Fund, which will initially support investments in K-12 science, engineering, technology and math education. The foundation is now accepting…

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    Union rep testifies in favor of new Hess pipeline

    By Kevin Killough A public hearing on a Hess-owned oil pipeline south of Tioga brought out only one public comment, which was in favor of the pipeline. The Public Service Commission of North Dakota held the hearing Tuesday of last week in order to get public input on the project, as part of the process…

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    July: Does Fracking Make My Wallet Look Big?

    MONTHLY NEWSLETTER FOR JULY 2016     BAKKEN ROCKS COOKFEST BROUGHT THE MEAT AND TREATS TO HUNDREDS An estimated 1,800 people came out to the 8th Annual Bakken Rocks CookFests despite the heat to take advantage of information sessions, live entertainment from area musicians and, of course, free BBQ and food served up by the industry’s best…

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    LETTER: Pipelines deliver jobs for workers and energy for all

    By Cory Bryson Shovels are in the ground for the Dakota Access Pipeline, a long-awaited, long-delayed pipeline that will carry 450,000 barrels of crude from North Dakota daily. In many ways, the pipeline took the place previously held by the Keystone XL as the focus of a political battle between environmental and industry groups, the…

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    Carbon capture technique could be a ‘gamechanger’

    By Renée Jean [email protected]   WILLISTON — Horizontal drilling was a big game-changer for the oil and gas sector, making tight oil plays like the Bakken economically feasible at a much lower price. The next game-changer on the horizon, however, might not be game-changing for just oil and gas. It could be a triple play…

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    Bakken Rocks CookFest Brought the Meat and Treats to Hundreds

    An estimated 1,800 people came out to the 8th Annual Bakken Rocks CookFests despite the heat to take advantage of information sessions, live entertainment from area musicians and, of course, free BBQ and food served up by the industry’s best cooks. The popular event, now in its 8th year, was held in Mandaree on July…

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    Anglers net cash for Mule Deer

    The name of the game may be fishing, but when 195 anglers hit Lake Sakakawea for the 4th Annual Energy of North Dakota Fishing Derby on July 20, the beneficiaries were Mule Deer. The charity derby helped raise more than $13,000 for organizations dedicated to preserving habitat and conservation projects in western North Dakota, including…

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    Hess project will bring Bakken crude to Dakota Access pipeline

    By Renée Jean [email protected] “I’ve been a pipeliner for nine years and worked all over the country. I have come to give my highest regards to Hess. When it comes down to a company like Hess, they spare no expense on safety. It is top notch.” – Evan Whiteford, Laborers’ International Union of North America…

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    ND oil companies using multi-well pads to simplify extraction process

      By Gurajpal Sangha | KFYR WILLISTON, N.D. – Oil companies are finding a new way to extract more oil from one location and are saving money along the way. The days of single well pads might be over. “We couldn’t do this five year. We couldn’t do this 10 years ago,” says Kathleen Neset,…

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    Bakken Rocks Cook Fest Travels Western N.D.

    KXNet.com – Bismarck/Minot/Williston/Dickinson-KXNEWS,ND  Thousands of people have enjoyed a free barbeque dinner over the past several years courtesy of oil companies in western North Dakota. And this week, the Bakken Rocks Cook Fest continued. Tuesday, the event was held in Mandaree. And today, it’s in Stanley – where more than one thousand people are expected…

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    Pipeline company puts $1 million for Head Start building on reservation

    By Amy Dalrymple, Forum Communications A fundraising campaign launched by an oilfield company will enable a Head Start program on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation to build a new facility and serve more students. Crestwood Equity Partners, which operates a pipeline system on the reservation, has pledged to donate $1 million toward a new Mandaree…

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    Federal commodities regulator believes American oil industry able to wait for prices to improve

    By Dustin Monke, The Dickinson Press “I do come away proud of American ingenuity. The ability to first ramp up and then build this amazing infrastructure. Then, almost as a reward for their success, to see the fall in prices and then once again readjust to that is tremendous. I don’t know if any other…

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    Local Resident Says Thanks Marathon Oil for CleanUp Help

    I cannot tell you how surprised I was when this group showed up! It all started off as I was walking on the side of my yard thinking to myself that I had no idea how I would get my yard cleaned up this time as I have been through many other storm clean up…

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    Lost Generation of Oil Workers Leaves Few Options for Next Boom

    The oil industry is fighting a generation gap. Already contending with a global price slump, U.S. explorers are also grappling with the demographic hangover of the last great industry downturn in the 1980s, when scores of drillers went out of business. That rout drove a generation away from the business, leaving a shortage of workers…

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    Buck Hill demo shows refinery won’t be visible from national park

    LAUREN DONOVAN Bismarck Tribune THEODORE ROOSEVELT NATIONAL PARK — If seeing is believing, it was clear as day that a process stack from a proposed oil refinery near Fryburg would not be visible from Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Meridian Energy Group put up an 11-foot-wide kite late Tuesday afternoon at the location and height of…

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    Bakken multi-well pads getting bigger

    By Amy Dalrymple, Forum Communications TIOGA, N.D. – Oil well pads are getting bigger in western North Dakota as companies figure out how to get the most oil out of the Bakken. Hess Corp. has the Bakken’s largest well pad with 18 wells on a single location, but the state’s top oil regulator says he…

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    Bakken Backers Supporting the Oil Industry Throughout North Dakota

    Rob Lindberg likes to joke that the majority of his job is just sitting down and having a cup of coffee or a cold beer with people. Lindberg enjoys face-to-face interaction and getting to know about someone’s business and why they support the Bakken Shale. Lindberg himself is a big proponent of North Dakota’s most…

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    June: Books, BBQs, and Star-Spangled Banners By the Barrel – June Issue

    MONTHLY NEWSLETTER FOR JUNE 2016     INFOGRAPHIC:  INDEPENDENCE BY THE BARREL Did you know that Americans have saved $20 BILLION so far this year compared to last year thanks to lower gas prices? Or that this year’s price are the lowest they’ve been for the Fourth of July in more than a decade? Well, this isn’t…

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    April: 65 Years and Going Strong!

      MONTHLY NEWSLETTER FOR APRIL 2016     (Photo courtesy of State Historical Society of North Dakota, William E. (Bill) Shemorry Photograph Collection)APRIL 4 MARKS 65 YEARS OF OIL DEVELOPMENT IN ND This week marks 65 years since North Dakota first became an oil producing state. Although there have been ups and downs, the industry continues today…

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    Independence by the Barrel

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    Teachers tour the Bakken

    Forty-eight teachers attended the 2016 Teacher Seminar to learn more about the oil and gas industry and tour the oilfield last week. More than half of them hailed from eastern North Dakota and got their first look at a producing well, tour a rig site and refinery, and learn how the industry is working to…

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    Gaining Ground: Industry Innovation Protects Wildlife Habitat

    DENVER – The oil and natural gas industry has undergone significant technological transformation, and wildlife is benefitting, according to a report released today by Western Energy Alliance and the Petroleum Association of Wyoming (PAW). Increased use of horizontal and directional drilling, paired with hydraulic fracturing, has significantly lowered surface disturbance by 70 percent. As a…

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    Hess Corporation raises money for Domestic Violence Crisis Center

    By Kaiti Firkins After a loss at the Ribfest Charity Cook Off, Hess decided to throw their own fundraiser for the Domestic Violence Crisis Center June 27. Hotdogs and hamburgers were on the grill, the DVCC was there selling raffle tickets for their upcoming Bike Run and free will donations were being accepted for lunch….

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    Emmons County Economy Booming From Pipeline Construction Project

    KXNet.com – Bismarck/Minot/Williston/Dickinson-KXNEWS,ND By Ben Smith, Reporter, KX News There is a boom going on in Emmons County. No it’s not an oil boom but a construction boom. The 1,100 mile Dakota Access Pipeline is being built across four states. Ben Smith takes us to a normally quiet part of North Dakota for the story….

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    Teaching Teachers on Petroleum: NDPC Hosts 2016 Teacher Education Seminar

    Teachers from across the state to gather in Bismarck to learn about the petroleum industry BISMARCK, N.D. – Fifty-two teachers from across the state will be in Bismarck next week to learn more about North Dakota’s petroleum industry, a topic that has captured the attention of leaders, reporters and others around the world. The seminar…

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    Natural gas flaring in North Dakota has declined sharply since 2014

    The volume of North Dakota’s natural gas production that is flared has fallen sharply in both absolute and percentage terms since 2014. In March 2016, 10% of North Dakota’s total natural gas production was flared, less than one-third of the January 2014 flaring rate, which was at 36%. Flaring rates and volumes have significantly decreased…

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    Chamber beats back anti-fracking policies

    By JOHN SICILIANO The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is targeting the anti-fossil fuel policies of Democratic presidential candidates and environmental groups by releasing a report Tuesday that shows the U.S. is more secure due to fracking. “In this era of an increasingly extreme ‘keep it in the ground’ movement, it is important to recognize that…

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    U.S. oil exports rise 7-fold in first 3 months

    The U.S. is beginning to step up its oil exporting game. The 40-year ban on exporting U.S. crude was lifted last December. Since then, there’s been a sevenfold increase in America’s oil exports to destinations other than Canada, which was excluded from the ban. The frenzy of export activity, while still relatively small, is noteworthy…

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    Permian, Bakken Wages Soar From 2000-2015

    As onshore oil and natural gas development grew, so did several U.S. metropolitan areas, with the Permian Basin and Bakken Shale reaping the biggest benefits for wage earners from 2000 to 2015, a Pew Research Center analysis has found. Metropolitan areas of the United States that directly benefited from the boom in U.S. oil and…

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    Western North Dakota energy service leaders, legislators optimistic after oil conference

    By Dustin Monke, Forum Communications BISMARCK–As the price of oil hovered around $50 a barrel last week, many western North Dakota oilfield and energy service companies turned to the Williston Basin Petroleum Conference to try to get a feel for where their industry is headed. Most said they now feel better about the future of…

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    ConocoPhillips Announces More Than $300,000 in Grants to Local Organizations

    ConocoPhillips announced the presentation of $303,800 in charitable grants to 14 organizations in the Williston Basin. This year’s grant recipients included area volunteer first responders, healthcare facilities, schools, natural resources/environmental initiatives and various other civic organizations. The largest of these donations was a $250,000 grant—the final installment of a four-year commitment totaling $1,000,000—to CHI St….

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    WPX Energy Donates $16,000 to Stark County Imagination Library

    “WPX Energy is proud to support the First Lady through the Imagination Library as it is a great program that promotes literacy in pre-school children,” said Brian Wold, WPX Energy’s Vice President of Williston Basin. “WPX’s sponsorship of this program deepens our commitment to the local communities where we live and work.”
    Tina Johnson, Dickinson-Stark County Imagination Library Committee said, “We want to thank WPX Energy for their support. Their generous donation will allow us to continue the Imagination Library program in Dickinson and expand it to all children ages 0-5 in Stark County.”

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    Hess Corporation Avoids Layoffs, Maintains Operations Despite Downturn

    By: Allyssa Dickert We’ve been hearing for months about declining oil production in the Bakken, along with layoffs and state budget shortfalls because of reduced tax revenues. What you might not have heard is that some companies are finding ways to survive and maintain operations while waiting for crude prices to go back up. Last…

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    Natural Gas Flaring at 9-Year Low

    KXNet.com – Bismarck/Minot/Williston/Dickinson-KXNEWS,ND  Oil companies are finding ways to cut down on flaring, even as natural gas production increases. According to a recent report, less than 10% of produced natural gas was flared in North Dakota. That’s for the month of March, the last month statistics are available. It’s the smallest percentage of natural gas…

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    ‘Great effort’ cleans up Highway 85

    The cleanup of Highway 85 from Bowman to Williston generated 1,800 bags of litter filled by hundreds of volunteers and taken to area landfills. The cleanup was delayed by spring rain, but when the skies cleared last week, volunteers went out in force, said project coordinator Cal Klewin, director of the Theodore Roosevelt Expressway Association. The…

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    Sally Jewell: ‘Keep it in the ground’ protests ‘naïve’

    President Barack Obama’s Interior secretary had some sharp words for the “keep it in the ground” movement Thursday. “It’s going to take a very long time before we can wean ourselves from fossil fuels, so I think that to keep it in the ground is naïve, to say we could shift to 100 percent renewables is naïve,” Jewell…

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    After the Boom: Those Who Stayed

    KXNet.com – Bismarck/Minot/Williston/Dickinson-KXNEWS,ND The Bakken oil boom hit North Dakota at precisely the time the rest of the country was suffering through an economic recession. People from all corners of the nation packed up what they could, and traveled north, seeking opportunity — any opportunity. After the boom, the Bakken still produces more than a…

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    Oil Workers, MSU Students Pick Up Trash For Earth Day

    KXNet.com – Bismarck/Minot/Williston/Dickinson-KXNEWS,ND Workers for oil-related companies are taking to the ditches and sidewalks in the Bakken region this spring, helping to beautify the area. The annual “Pick up the Patch” is sponsored by the North Dakota Petroleum Council. The event began today at the Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch near Minot. To continue reading,…

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    ExxonMobil and Employees Contribute more than $45 Million to U.S. Colleges and Universities

    IRVING, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE) — ExxonMobil and its employees contributed a total of $45.4 million to institutions of higher education across the country as part of the ExxonMobil Foundation’s 2015 Educational Matching Gift Program. ExxonMobil employees, retirees, directors and surviving spouses contributed $13.2 million, which was matched with $32.2 million in unrestricted grants from the ExxonMobil…

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    Pick Up the Patch! and Community Clean-Ups to Begin This Week

    Bismarck, N.D. – Several Pick Up the Patch! and community spring clean-up events are slated to begin this week and many will continue through May. The oil and gas industry volunteer to help communities clean up cities and roadways as part of the North Dakota Petroleum Council’s (NDPC) award-winning Pick Up the Patch! Program each…

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    XTO Energy awards $25,000 grant to Family Crisis Shelter; $100,000 total since 2013

    XTO Energy Inc., a subsidiary of Exxon Mobil Corporation, presented the Family Crisis Shelter with a $25,000 donation on Thursday to support domestic violence and sexual assault survivors in western North Dakota. This brings XTO’s total four-year grant to the Family Crisis Shelter to $100,000. Based in Williston, N.D., the Family Crisis Shelter provides sexual…

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    NDPC office to serve as drop-off location for The Mercy Box Campaign

    The North Dakota Petroleum Council will serve as a drop-off location for The Mercy Box, a program initiated by the North Dakota Homeless Coalition to collect food and personal care items for those experiencing homelessness. For the month of April, NDPC will team up with local businesses and individuals to collect these items that will…

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    Hess Corporation recognized for Excellence in Corporate Social Responsibility

    Hess Corporation recently earned The Rocky Mountain Oil & Gas Awards 2016 Award for Excellence in Corporate Social Responsibility for its operations in the North Dakota Bakken. The award is given to the company with a social responsibility program that best demonstrates its “ethical, environmental, and social benefit to all of society’s stakeholders, the environment…

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    College professors invited for three-day tour of North Dakota’s energy industry

    The Lignite Energy Council and the Petroleum Council will be hosting the third annual “North Dakota Energy Tour” on August 2 – 4. College professors in North Dakota and surrounding states are invited to participate in the three-day tour.   The objective of the Energy Tour is to give professors a first-hand look at the…

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    Marathon Oil makes a Donation to Killdeer FFA

    The donation will be used to help the FFA teach premier leadership to its members through many different activities. Those activities include, but not limited to, conventions and Career Development Events. The chapter has also volunteered at the “Feed My Starving Children” event that was held at the High Plains Cultural Center in Killdeer. The…

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    Your March Madness Brackets – brought to you by petroleum

    MONTHLY NEWSLETTER FOR MARCH 2016     March Madness kicks off this week, and while each of the initial 64 teams will bring different skills, talents and players to the court, they all need one thing to make this tournament the anticipated event that it is: petroleum.Whether it’s the moisture-wicking uniforms, the sneakers or the basketball needed…

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    Petroleum Used as Component in Everyday Products

    By: Allyssa Dickert – KFYR   Crude oil has been used for centuries. One of the first uses was to light kerosene lamps. Today, gasoline is a major byproduct of oil, but that’s far from the only use. On average, one 42 gallon barrel of oil creates 19.4 gallons of gasoline. The rest of the…

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    Montana man camp eyes displaced Williston workers

    By RENÉE JEAN [email protected] Williston may be shutting down its man camps, but that doesn’t necessarily mean there won’t be any man camps within driving distance for displaced oil and gas sector workers. Those camps just won’t be within Williston — or maybe even within North Dakota’s state line. Across the border in Montana, not…

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    Women, Minorities to See Growth in Job Opportunities in Oil, Gas

    by  Valerie Jones | Rigzone Staff Almost 2 million job opportunities lie ahead for women and minorities, according to a new report by IHS that examines demographic and labor market trends in the United States for the next 20 years. The report “Minority and Female Employment in the Oil and Natural Gas and Petrochemical Industries”, released March 8,…

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    Forum editorial: Fracking dishonesty from Dems

    Asked at their recent debate about hydraulic fracturing (fracking), Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders said they opposed the process that has revolutionized and revitalized the oil and natural gas industries in the United States. It’s a peculiar position for candidates who have taken great pains to define themselves as champions of the…

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    Volunteers step forward to clean along Highway 85

    LAUREN DONOVAN Bismarck Tribune   The Theodore Roosevelt Expressway Association, which includes Highway 85 through western North Dakota, is partnering with a variety of agencies to conduct a major highway cleanup the week of April 25-30. Cal Klewin, association director, said several project partners have stepped forward. They are the cities of Williston, Bowman, Belfield,…

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    Forget fracking. Choking and lifting are latest efforts to stem U.S. shale bust

    BY SWETHA GOPINATH AND AMRUTHA GAYATHRI, Reuters Something is awry in the beleaguered U.S. shale patch: older wells, which normally gush oil or natural gas in their first few months before rapidly depleting, are not petering out as quickly as they should. When oil prices began falling a year and a half ago in the…

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    Kinder Morgan gives $300,000 donation for construction of new hospital facility

    By Amy Robinson Farmer Staff Writer Kinder Morgan contributed $300,000 to McKenzie County Healthcare Systems’ (MCHS) new medical campus on Wednesday, March 2, at the Watford City Area Chamber of Commerce’s monthly meeting in Watford City. “This is an exciting part of the segway here as we move forward,” stated Lynn Welker, CEO of WelkerPR,…

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    Ness: U.S. oil in war with foreign producers

    By Neal A. Shipman Farmer Editor It is pretty hard to sugarcoat the short-term outlook for the United State’s oil industry. After becoming a leading world oil producer thanks to the discovery of shale formations, like North Dakota’s Bakken Formation and oil prices that were above $100 a barrel just two years ago, the nation’s…

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    “The oil boom saved Andy Turco’s life – for a time”

    There are a lot of people who, for reasons having to do mostly with politics, are delighted to see North Dakota’s oil boom fade. They resented the success and prosperity Bakken area oil and gas development brought to the state, and now that plunging oil prices have depressed that activity they delight in promoting the…

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    In slump, oil firms turn to labs, data centers for help

    By Ernest Scheyder GRAND FORKS, N.D. (Reuters) – In a basement lab of a North Dakota research center, Beth Kurz and an assistant are peering through a scanning electron microscope, studying samples from the state’s vast Bakken shale oil formation. Kurz, a hydrogeologist, is part of a team, which looks at using carbon dioxide to…

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    LETTER: Thanks, Big Oil, for helping North Dakota prosper and grow

    By Chris Strand Tod   Oh, those big oil companies. Where can I even begin? They came into North Dakota, and what did they bring? Remember back to those nostalgic times of the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, when our state plugged along, watching generations move away while the state’s economy grew from the bottom to…

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    Neset talks geology in ND Reclamation Conference keynote speech

    By Andrew Haffner on   For Kathleen Neset, president of wellsite services company Neset Consulting Service, the story of the North Dakota oil economy is all about geology. Neset built her career on her expertise in the science and its ready application to energy extraction, and imparted some knowledge of the oilfield’s unique characteristics and…

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    As Oil Slides, Many Determined to Stay Put in North Dakota

    By James MacPherson, Associated Press Kennedy Mugemuzi is done moving. After leaving Congo to live in Nashville for a few years and then coming to North Dakota for the opportunities of the oil boom, he is among the many staying put in Williston — even though depressed crude prices have spurred an exodus of thousands…

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    February: One way industry is giving back in a down market

    MONTHLY NEWSLETTER FOR FEBRUARY 2016     CULTURE, CUISINE & A CAUSE Dickinson API Gumbo Cookoff serves up Cajun and Creole cuisine for education and community Mardi Gras and Carnival may be over, but the celebration of Louisiana culture will continue in Dickinson this Saturday when the Dickinson API Chapter hosts its 19th Annual Gumbo Cookoff. Eighteen…

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    Students Learn About Career Options at Energy Generation Conference

      It’s never too early to start exploring career options. Middle and high school students paid a visit to the Bismarck Event Center Wednesday to open their eyes to what’s available. With the help of Bismarck State College, the Energy Generation Conference held a special workshop introducing kids to this field of work. There were multiple stations set…

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    Culture, cuisine and a cause: Dickinson API raises funds through traditional Cajun and Creole cuisine

    Mardi Gras and Carnival may be over, but the celebration of Louisiana culture will continue in Dickinson this Saturday when the Dickinson API Chapter hosts its 19th Annual Gumbo Cookoff. Eighteen teams will don their best costumes and face off in this year’s cookoff themed “The Dark Secrets of the Bayou” offering up their rendition…

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    New Watford high school allows ‘room to grow’: In heart of the Bakken, $53 million building opens this week

    By Amy Dalrymple, Forum Communications Students in Watford City will say goodbye to crowded hallways and portable classrooms as they transition to a newly constructed high school this week. The completion of the $53 million school marks a new era for the school district that has seen enrollment nearly triple since the beginning of the…

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    Monke: Obama’s silly oil tax just another ego trip

    By Dustin Monke, The Dickinson Press When you ask three members of Congress the same question about a proposed policy and every one of them laughs about it, you know it can’t be good. That was the case when I interviewed members of the North Dakota Congressional delegation about President Barack Obama’s proposed $10.25 per…

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    Northwest Landowner Association Expo draws large crowd to Stanley

    By Kevin Killough The Bakken could see a lot more cooperation between landowners and the oil industry. Fostering greater communication between them, as well as providing information to landowners, was the theme of the Northwest Landowners Association (NWLA) Expo last week in Stanley. The event featured informational booths from companies and government agencies, as well…

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    Watford’s Main Street welcomes new businesses

    By Amy Robinson Farmer Staff Writer Five new businesses have recently added some new life and excitement to Main Street in Watford City. It’s the first time in a long time that this many small businesses have come at one time, and it’s at a time when residents have been concerned about the downturn in…

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    After the Boom: Pipeline Reclamation

    KXNet.com – Bismarck/Minot/Williston/Dickinson-KXNEWS,ND More than half of oil and gas products in the state are transported by pipeline. According to the North Dakota Pipeline Authority, there are close to seven-thousand miles of transmission and distribution pipelines in the state. In tonight’s segment of ‘After the Boom,’ Jennifer Kleen tells us about a pipeline reclamation program…

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    State official says big pipeline spills should soon be a thing of the past

    By Amy Dalrymple, Forum Communications STANLEY – Pipeline spills should become a smaller problem in North Dakota after new regulations are developed, a state official said Tuesday. “We shouldn’t have large spills anymore. That’s my goal,” said Kevin Connors, pipeline program supervisor for the Department of Mineral Resources. Connors outlined the new state pipeline program…

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    High school rises as symbol of new prosperity

    By Lauren Donovan, Bismarck Tribune WATFORD CITY — Bill Blair’s put his mind and construction know-how into a lot of buildings in his career, but he also put his heart into the new high school in Watford City. The glass-and-steel structure rises as if from a futuristic dream in this oil boom town so changed it…

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    Industry makes a “little” gain a lot with time and tech

    MONTHLY NEWSLETTER FOR JANUARY 2016     GIVE A LITTLE PIECE OF YOUR HEART IN FEBRUARY The holiday season might be over, but it doesn’t mean you need to stop giving. The 2nd Annual Battle of the Bakken Blood Drive co-hosted by United Blood Services and theNorth Dakota Petroleum Council will kick off February 1 to collect…

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    LETTER: Oil Boom’s many benefits linger in western North Dakota

    By James Cron I’m writing to respond to John Heiser’s letter, “Westerners glad to see Big Oil knocked down to size” (Page A4, Jan. 23). Despite the billions invested by taxpayers in western North Dakota, there are people such as Heiser who complain, resist change and lack empathy for those who have lost their jobs…

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    LETTER: Prospects remain bright for oil-industry jobs

    By Kendra Weigel Earlier this week, I saw a TV news story highlighting steady job growth in oil industry jobs despite low oil prices. I started researching the topic and found data that affirms the story. There is lots of information about the outlook for oil in North Dakota, but most people overlook a reliable and…

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    Weatherford’s commitment brings in big dollars for Salvation Army

    By Melissa Krause [email protected] WILLISTON — The slow start to the fundraising season caused alarm for the Salvation Army that they might not meet their already lowered projections for the year. Recognizing the importance the Salvation Army plays to the community, Weatherford stepped in in a big way. Crude oil prices continue to drop, which…

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    Hess starts its own pipeline ombudsman program

    By RENÉE JEAN [email protected]   WILLISTON — Last year the state started an ombudsman program to help landowners resolve reclamation issues with pipelines. Hess, meanwhile, also started its own ombudsmen program to take a more proactive approach on the 1,200 miles of pipeline it owns and operates. The program is called Hess Community Connection and…

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    Veeder: Community moves to building a future for our families

    By Jessie Veeder for Forum Communications It’s been more than five years since my husband and I unloaded our hand-me-down furniture into the little brown ranch house in the barnyard where my dad grew up, fulfilling our dream of moving home, because unlike the economy the two of us grew up in during the ’80s and…

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    While oil boom has slowed, births still booming

    By Amy Dalrymple, Forum Communications WILLISTON -– A baby boom continued in North Dakota’s Oil Patch in 2015 even as falling oil prices prompted layoffs and workers leaving the area. Hospitals in Williston and Minot each reported a record number of deliveries last year, and Dickinson had the most births in one year since the 1980s…

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    Deaths down in the oil field

    By Jessica Holdman   Along with oil prices and rig count, the number of deaths on Bakken work sites was down in 2015. But officials say they aren’t ready to draw any conclusions. There were three oil- and gas-related fatalities on work sites in North Dakota in 2015, according to Occupational Safety and Health Administration…

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    North Dakota Colleges See Silver Lining in Oil Slowdown

    Bakken U marketing initiative targets unemployed oil workers and people concerned about career prospects; enrollment is rising By MELISSA KORN And KRIS MAHER Boom times in North Dakota’s oil fields hit the state’s higher-education sector hard, as young people opted for immediate employment over college enrollment. Now, the region’s colleges are seeing a chance to shine once…

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    Setting the Facts Straight on Spills

    Ron Ness, President, North Dakota Petroleum Council North Dakota has a very strict regulatory system, and it is often one that is looked at by other states – and in some cases, other countries – when they are working to construct their own regulations. This has been evidenced by the parade of state, federal and…

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    Back to school: New DSU student receives first Bakken U scholarship

    Warren Logan’s first run at higher education didn’t last. He said he struggled with a lack of both discipline and an external push to learn. Compounding his difficulties was the influence of his friends who bypassed higher education for the financial opportunity of oilfield work. “My high school friends that didn’t go to college went…

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    Stop the Presses: Williston Herald Editor Matt Hickman Interviews Alex Andlauer on Oil and Gas Outlook

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    Whiting Petroleum’s Geoscientists are Helping Build a Smarter Oil Company: a Look Behind the Scenes at the Bakken-Three Forks Oil Play

    By Oil & Gas 360 It’s a tough market for the oil companies, but Whiting Petroleum Corporation (ticker: WLL) has figured something out. While oil and gas companies across the planet are battling a commodities price environment in which a barrel of oil fetches 70% less than it did 18 months ago, Whiting has found…

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    As oil slows energy companies get caught up on gas capture, processing

    By Amy Dalrymple, Forum Communications TIOGA, N.D. – As drilling and fracking have slowed in North Dakota, Rob Bertola with XTO Energy said he often gets asked if he’s still busy. But Bertola, operations foreman for a natural gas processing plant, hasn’t experienced the slowdown. In 2014 and 2015, XTO expanded its Nesson Gathering plant near…

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    AP EXPLAINS: How much money you just saved on gas in 2015

    The Saudis are tightening their belts this year which can mean only one thing: you’re saving a bucket load on gasoline. Massive stockpiles of crude globally have turned 2015 into the year of the pain-free fill up. High five your local gas pump, buckle up and hit the road America, because more of the same…

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    December: A Merry Christmas – Brought to you By Petroleum

    MONTHLY NEWSLETTER FOR DECEMBER 2015     Even in downtimes, oil companies are giving back. Learn how and also how petroleum is helping bring joy to your homes this Chrismtas! PLUS: ONEOK donates $10,000 to Stark County Imagination Library Program ICYMI – ExxonMobil invests $13M to bolster education Hess donates money for equipment to BSC Fuel Food…

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    LETTER: Critics should visit the Bakken, and learn

    By Corbin Graham on Dec. 27, 2015 It’s amazing that no matter how successful an industry is, trolls still come pointing their fingers at it. In this case, I’m particularly flabbergasted by HBO’s John Oliver and Mike McFeely, talk-show host and Forum News Service columnist. I suppose I shouldn’t be too surprised by the lack…

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    Letter: McFeely should go west

    By Nick Fee from Moorhead For a guy with no ties to western North Dakota, Mike McFeely of The Forum and WDAY AM radio sure has a lot of opinion about it (column, Dec. 17). While that’s the nature of being a political talking head, he can at least get his facts straight. The North…

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    ONEOK donates $10,000 to Stark County Imagination Library Program

      ONEOK is donating $10,000 to Stark County to help fund the Imagination Library Program, an initiative taken up by First Lady Betsy Dalrymple. The donation brings the total donated by oil and gas companies to $70,000, which helps cover the program for every oil and gas producing county in North Dakota. Learn more about…

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    Fuel Food and Fun Drive a Success

    The NDPC just wrapped up another successful campaign to help give back to communities this winter. In its 2nd Annual Fuel Food and Fun Drive, oil and gas companies helped collect more than 4,740 pounds of nonperishable food items for area food pantries and 1,865 toys for Toys for Tots, Angel Tree and other charities…

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    A Merry Christmas – Supported by Oil

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    Help in hunting: blinds provide hunting access for wounded warriors, youth

    Hunting is a cherished tradition in North Dakota and one might go so far as to say the season opener is a holiday. For some, however, gaining access to land can be a problem, especially for younger hunters or those with disabilities. For the managers of the Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park, however, the challenges…

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    November: Reasons to be Thankful Abound

    MONTHLY NEWSLETTER FOR NOVEMBER 2015     We live in a great state that has seen great progress over the past decade.  Despite some of the growing pains, there are still many reasons to give thanks, whether it’s a still strong economy or family members who have moved back home and can celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday with…

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    ‘Tis the season for giving – even in difficult times

    By Tessa Sandstrom (As printed in the Bakken Breakout Weekly) Thanksgiving and Christmas invoke a spirit of giving in us all each year. For many, it’s finding the perfect gifts for friends and family, while for others it’s volunteering to brave the cold and ring the bell for Salvation Army. For others, it’s participating in…

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    Q&A with Paul Eberth, Sandpiper Pipeline project director for Enbridge Energy

    By Tom Dennis, the Grand Forks Herald The Sandpiper Pipeline project will transport Bakken oil from western North Dakota through Clearbrook, Minn., and then on to oil terminals in Superior, Wis. The $2.6 billion project has been approved by North Dakota, but Minnesota regulators still are making up their minds, and some environmental groups are…

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    High Plains Cultural Center’s ‘New Lease on Life’

    Though the center is far from being debt-fee, the generosity of hundreds of in-kind-volunteer hours as well as financial support has given the High Plains Cultural Center “a new lease on life”! Joe and Darci Schettler along with Rodney and Verna Wolf as well as Marathon Oil are some of those playing a very important…

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    LETTER: Enbridge pipelines deserve farmers’ support

    By Dustin Perry As a Red River Valley farmer, I was struck by your use of the term “quagmire” to describe the regulatory process around the Sandpiper and Line 3 oil pipeline permitting process (“Enbridge projects stuck in ‘quagmire,’” Page A6, Dec. 9). I, like so many others who literally feed the world, deal with…

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    Letter: Expand upon Bakken success

    By ROGER KASEMAN, Bismarck   I moved to California in my 20s. The last newscast I heard as I approached the outer range of the radio signal was a report on young people leaving North Dakota for job opportunities elsewhere. I served as a law enforcement officer, retired and moved back to North Dakota. Within weeks,…

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    New scholarship available for oil workers

    By Amy Dalrymple on D   Workers affected by the oil industry’s slowdown are eligible to apply for a new scholarship announced Thursday. The North Dakota University System and the North Dakota Petroleum Council announced a $5,000 Bakken U scholarship available to recently displaced oil workers, current oil workers or spouses of oil workers who…

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    ExxonMobil invests $13M to bolster education

    By Amy R. Sisk North Dakota’s partnership with an organization promising to boost the Advanced Placement program will be funded through a $13 million investment from an ExxonMobil subsidiary. XTO Energy is providing the money to roll out National Math and Science Initiative programs throughout North Dakota. Their efforts aim to train teachers and provide…

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    XTO awards grants to Bakken charities

    By Amy Dalrymple, Forum Communications   Four Bakken charities will receive $62,000 in grants from XTO Energy, the subsidiary of Exxon Mobil announced Wednesday.  Best Friends Mentoring in Dickinson, N.D., and Home on the Range in Sentinel Butte, N.D., will each receive a $25,000 grant through XTO’s inaugural “Giving Back to the Bakken” grant program….

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    NORTH DAKOTA STUDENTS, TEACHERS TO BENEFIT FROM NATIONAL MATH + SCIENCE INITIATIVE’S COLLEGE READINESS PROGRAM

    BISMARCK, ND (December 10, 2015)–The National Math and Science Initiative’s (NMSI) College Readiness Program (CRP) today announced its expansion into North Dakota schools with an investment of up to $13 million from ExxonMobil, on behalf of XTO Energy Inc. CRP empowers school communities to improve participation and success in rigorous coursework to better prepare students for…

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    XTO Energy Awards $62,000 in Grants to Bakken-Area Charities

    XTO Energy Inc., a subsidiary of Exxon Mobil Corporation, today announced it has awarded grants totaling $62,000 to four charities serving communities in the Bakken formation area in North Dakota. These grants are part of XTO’s inaugural “Giving Back to the Bakken” grant program. Best Friends Mentoring in Dickinson, ND, and Home on the Range in Sentinel…

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    Best Friends Mentoring Receives Recognition for Work in the Bakken

      Best Friends Mentoring has helped school-aged children in Dickinson for 20 years. And today the organization received recognition for its work in the Bakken.    

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    Energy of North Dakota Holiday Gift Ideas

    Here are our favorites for the season.  Digging gifts from local businesses.  Happy holiday shopping!   Feral Farm of ND Lip Balm – feralfarm.co/Lip-Balm.html Made in Bakken Hoodie – madeinbakken.com/product/aa-f497-unisex-flex-fleece-zip-hoodie/ ND Drill Stem Pen Cup Holder – etsy.me/1QdsS3I The Moral Case For Fossil Fuels by Alex Epstein – amzn.to/1r1u23y Oil Rig Patent Poster – etsy.me/1OS4pxJ ND Goat’s Milk Candy…

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    2016 Ecofootprint Grant Program: restoring & protecting habitat

    Enbridge and the Minnesota Association of Resource Conservation and Development Councils (MARC&D) are pleased to announce continuation of the Ecofootprint Grant Program to fund projects that help protect and restore the natural environment. Requests for proposals will be accepted through the MARC&D from Dec. 1, 2015, through Jan. 29, 2016.   Enbridge supports environmental stewardship, especially…

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    NDSU researcher hopes to prevent oil spills

    In a small, noisy lab, Fardad Azarmi rummages through a few pieces of steel on a table. He picks up a playing card-sized chunk covered with a gray coating. The coating, a mix of metal and ceramic particles sprayed onto the steel at temperatures between 2,000 and 3,000 degrees, is designed to slow the corrosion…

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    THANKFUL FOR NEW FOOTBALL FIELD

    In July, the small community of South Heart hosted the Bakken Rocks CookFest. The school gladly welcomed the use of its football field and track for the festival, even if it meant many big rigs parking there. That’s because both the track and field have been in need of renovations for a few years. Earlier…

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    Infographic: Thanksgiving

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    October Newsletter: Energizing Veterans Through New Opportunity

    MONTHLY NEWSLETTER FOR OCTOBER 2015     IN THIS ISSUE: PLUS:  DESPITE DOWNTURN, INDUSTRY IN IT FOR THE LONG HAUL  RED RIVER VALLEY FIRMS AID OIL PATCH WITH TECH, DATA WATCH IT:  HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL MAKES TRIUMPHANT RETURN TO ALEXANDER, NORTH DAKOTA Energy of North Dakota IS ON INSTAGRAM  VETERANS AND SERVICEMEN AND WOMEN AT THE CORE…

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    Safe travels this winter, holiday season

    We’re fortunate to have gasoline to power our Thanksgiving trips to Grandma’s house this week. Tomorrow marks the busiest travel day of the year. Add that to winter driving conditions and things could get nasty if you aren’t prepared. Make sure to take the proper precautions so you & your family arrive at your destination safely.

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    Letter: Life is still good in North Dakota

    Since oil prices began dropping, media outlets around the country have published many stories that claim North Dakota’s oil boom has officially busted. As they tell it, businesses across the state have collapsed and thousands of North Dakotans are suddenly without work. Nothing could be further from the truth. North Dakota is still booming with…

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    Rock stars of energy

    WILLISTON — They were here for the long haul after the 80s bust and have since been at the center of a technological evolution that has made the Bakken what it is today — a play they believe will have life for decades to come. John Seil, recently retired partner and sales manager from Go…

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    Number of North Dakota ‘income millionaires’ jumps by 79

    BISMARCK, North Dakota — The number of North Dakotans reporting income of more than $1 million went up 7.5 percent last year, and the number of residents’ tax returns rose by more than 20,000 to a new high, the state Tax Department said. Figures released to The Associated Press show 1,120 North Dakota taxpayers reported…

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    Dalrymple: Oil slide won’t reverse state’s population gains

    By JAMES MacPHERSON Associated Press The ebb in oil drilling activity and low crude prices are unlikely to reverse record population gains in North Dakota over the past decade as young families keep moving to the state to fill plentiful jobs in areas beyond the energy industry, Gov. Jack Dalrymple and the state’s demographer say….

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    When the Land is Quiet Again

    Once a well has stopped producing, the land is reclaimed, re-contoured, and reseeded back to its original condition. Learn more.

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    Protecting our Resources Through Preparedness and Response

    This cooperative of companies takes their duty to recover resources responsibly and part of it is being prepared for anything. Learn how.

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    Take bird study with a grain of salt

    The following is written by Watford City resident and rancher Patsy Levang in response to an article printed in the Bismarck Tribune on October 15, 2015:   Your article regarding the birds in the Bakken was interesting.  I don’t agree with what the study you are citing is suggesting. We live right in the middle of the…

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    Some Minnesotans still benefit from North Dakota oil; others wait for prices to rise

    By Don Davis, Forum Communications Minnesotans do not only look across the border into North Dakota and drool at the money being made to the west. Even during the current oil price slump, Minnesota businesses continue to take advantage of what remains a strong oil economy in western North Dakota’s Bakken oilfields. Many look for…

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    Tesoro contributes $5.3 million to Housing Incentive Fund

    Housing Incentive Fund More Than 70 Percent Capitalized Tesoro Corporation today announced a substantial contribution to the North Dakota Housing Incentive Fund (HIF). Company representatives presented Gov. Jack Dalrymple with a check for $5.3 million, the single-largest contribution in the program’s history, to support affordable housing projects in Bismarck, Mandan, Dickinson and Watford City. Tesoro’s…

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    LETTER: Scare stories to the contrary, Bakken life is good

    By Lynn Welker Commentary on the Bakken seems to come in spurts, but one thing is consistent: the opinions are usually from those not living or working in it. Much of the commentary is unsupported by fact. Take, for instance, a Washington writer who penned that oil producers are here “to make a quick buck.”…

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    Coming Home: Newfound hope means we’re raising kids with our old classmates

    By Jessie Veeder on Oct 25, 2 On top of the hill across from the golf course, my hometown is busy building a brand-new, beautiful high school. Plans have been in the works for a few years as our student population continues to grow, forcing classes to be held in portable rooms even after a…

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    Job Service Williston Sees Increase in Job Postings, Despite Bakken Slowdown

      Even while oil prices are slumping, there’s still a need for more workers in the Bakken. With crude oil prices still below $50 per barrel, you might assume that jobs are leaving the Bakken. But that’s not the case. “Just this week alone, we posted I think another 120 jobs were posted,” said Cindy…

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    Basin Safety Consulting celebrates expansion in a time of retraction

    By Melissa Krause [email protected] WILLISTON — In a slumping oil market, many companies have scaled back spending, but have not spared the expense for safety. This explains how a local company, Basin Safety Consulting, has evolved in a changing market and now celebrates its expansion. With the bustle of a small army of friends and…

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    SM Energy — who hasn’t laid off anyone — opens new Williston office complex

    By Renée Jean / Williston Herald on   hey are one of the few oil companies who can say they’ve laid no one off during the downturn, and they have no plans to do so over the next two to three years, despite the low oil price environment. They can also now lay claim to…

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    Letter: Impact North Dakota jobs had on nation is no joke

    (As printed in The Dickinson Press on Oct. 28, 2015) Anyone who caught the HBO skit on North Dakota could have found humor in the simplistic, slapstick one-liners, but the overall messaging is not funny. I guess I avoided watching it for a couple weeks because as a North Dakota native, I’ve nearly heard it…

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    Building through a bust: Area oilfield service leaders say they’re using 2015 slowdown to improve their businesses

    By Dustin Monke, The Dickinson Press Jim Arthaud doesn’t look like a man at the helm of a multimillion-dollar oilfield services company. Wearing a polo shirt and baseball cap with blue jeans, he sits in the office of his senior vice president and watches The Weather Channel while discussing the price of oil. “Oil’s up today,”…

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    The Myth Of America’s Addiction To Oil

    Michael Lynch, Forbes Contributor Some years ago, President George W. Bush, the putative oil man, shocked the nation by saying that America was addicted to oil. Needless to say, any number of groups echoed the charge, and I wrote a piece then, but it seems time to revisit the case, given changes in oil prices and…

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    5 quick ways to winterize for warmth & savings on your energy bill

    Take a few easy steps now to save on your energy bill, keep your home warmer and more energy efficient this winter.

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    Safety First: Why Safety is a Top Priority in Oil Industry

    Safety is priority number one in the oil and gas industry. Safety Director Rick Rodgers explains why.

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    State ranked top in nation for economic performance

    By Jessica Holdman, Bismarck Tribune North Dakota has been ranked first in the nation on its economic performance and the talent in its pipeline by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation. In addition, the state was ranked sixth in overall business climate, according to the foundation’s sixth annual “Enterprising States: States Innovate” study released Tuesday….

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    Fortis Energy Services, Inc. Wins World Oil Award for Fortis 4 Vets Hiring Program

    Fortis Energy Services was named winner in The Best Outreach Program category for their Fortis 4 Vets hiring initiative at the 14th annual World Oil Awards.  Fortis was chosen from an overwhelming number of international entries collected and judged for the 2015 ceremony held in Houston on October 15. The awards ceremony recognizes and honors…

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    Companies protect N.D.’s environment – see how they do it

      The little tourist town of Medora is one of North Dakota’s treasures, and situated in the midst of it is one of the state’s brightest gems: the Bully Pulpit Golf Course. Whether or not you’re a golf enthusiast, you can appreciate the beauty and uniqueness of this nationally ranked golf course. The golf course…

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    Oil and gas companies collect more than 2,000 winter clothing items for charity

    Oil and gas companies stepped up to spread the warmth this fall by collecting more than 2,000 winter clothing items, including more than 400 coats and 400 pairs of mittens and gloves among other items to deliver to charities in communities throughout western North Dakota.   “The 1st Annual Spread the Warmth Winter Clothing Drive…

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    Fracking Does Not Contaminate Drinking Water, Yale Study Confirms

    Yale researchers have confirmed that hydraulic fracturing – also known as “fracking” – does not contaminate drinking water. The process of extracting natural gas from deep underground wells using water has been given a bad reputation when it comes to the impact it has on water resources but Yale researchers recently disproved this myth in a new study that confirms…

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    Oil Bust? Bah — North Dakota Is Still Poised To Thrive

    Oil and gas companies have the worst public image of any industry in the United States, according to Gallup. But it’s well-loved in a swathe of the U.S. from the northern Plains to the Gulf Coast, where the boom in unconventional energy production has transformed economies, enlivened cities and reversed negative demographic trends. What now that the…

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    HBO Might Not Know It, But North Dakota Is a Really Important State – and a Great One

    by Simon Lomax (Cross-posted from Energy In Depth) New York comedian John Oliver – host of HBO’s “Last Week Tonight” – devoted almost 20 minutes of his show last night to lampooning North Dakota, the state’s energy sector, its political and regulatory system, and even its “kind” and “polite” culture. Of course, Oliver is not…

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    Dickinson Continues to Grow Despite Oil Slowdown

    The recent slowdown in the oil industry isn’t slowing growth in Dickinson. “We’ve had a slowdown on the energy sector, it’s allowing those industries to expand,” said Shawn Kessel, city administrator. Industries like manufacturing, for instance. Recently Dickinson was named the top micropolitan area for economic strength in 2015, and Kessel says these industries have…

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    High School Football Makes Triumphant Return to Alexander, North Dakota

    After 27 years of not having enough kids to form a team, high school football is now a source of pride for everyone in a revitalizing oil boom town.

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    ONEOK: In it for the long haul

    By Jessica Sena That which comes up, must go down; from upstream at the wellhead, to refineries downstream. But what happens in between? The petroleum industry’s midstream sector is often omitted from conversations about activity; however, pipelines serve as lifelines in the volatile energy sector, transporting not only crude oil, but natural gas. In spite…

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    Can I make #fossilfuelfree work in my world?

    The Fossil Fuel Free Challenge…I couldn’t stop thinking about it after it was announced. Can I make it work? At one point, I thought there was a way and was kind of excited give it a go for a few days. A little change every once in a while is fun, right? I began thinking…

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    Oil Companies Help Ensure Families Stay Warm This Winter

    As anyone around here knows, it can get cold very quickly. And that means it’s just about time to take out the winter clothing. Companies in the oil industry are pitching in to make sure people without big paychecks can dress warmly. They began collecting almost a month ago, and the results are astounding. “There…

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    Strength

    As one of the nation’s leading energy producers, North Dakota is helping lead the way toward energy security.

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    NDPC honors public servants and first woman Hall of Fame inductee

    Kathleen Neset honored for lifetime of achievement and service to the state and industry; Rep. George Keiser honored for service to the state and commitment to economic development; Duane Jesch of MBI Energy Services honored for outreach and service to the industry. Bismarck, N.D. – Kathleen Neset, President of Neset Consulting Service, Inc., became the…

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    Whiting Petroleum raised money for charity

    By Jessica Holdman Whiting Petroleum Corporation employees raised more than $103,000 for charity as part of the Kroll’s Diner Bismarck Marathon Saturday. Donations will go to Make-A-Wish of North Dakota and the Wounded Warrior Project, the company said in a statement. Whiting had 55 runners from throughout the state and its headquarters in Denver running…

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    Red River Valley firms aid Oil Patch with tech, equipment

    North Dakota’s Oil Patch is about drilling for oil and safely moving it around, but it’s also increasingly about collecting information and putting that information to work. That was the message at Monday’s Bits and Bytes seminar at the Fargo Theatre, where representatives from Red River Valley companies talked about how the gear and technology…

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    GTUIT Passes 20 MMCFD Capacity of Flare Gas Processing

    GTUIT®, LLC ( www.GTUIT.com) today announced that it has recently surpassed 20 MMCFD (million cubic feet per day) of deployed well site natural gas processing capacity. The most recent GTUIT system deployment is a follow-on order from one of the leading producers in the Bakken. GTUIT continues to ship units and grow its processing capacity in…

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    Pipelines vital to U.S. energy security

    They are the arteries of our country, delivering water, energy and fuel to cities, towns and remote areas all across our nation. They are pipelines, and they are the infrastructure needed to ensure our natural resources can continue empowering our economy and energizing job growth. Every day in the United States, there are more than…

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    Oil Boom Brings High School Football Back

    By: EMILY GUERIN The high school football game is the center of life for small towns in much of rural America. And one town, in western North Dakota, is celebrating the return of that ritual for the first time in over a quarter century. The Alexander Comets are a six-man football team (the school is…

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    September Newsletter: Voodoo Crude? Firefighters test volatility rumors and other news

      MONTHLY NEWSLETTER FOR SEPTEMBER 2015     IN THIS ISSUE:  PLUS: NDSC, HESS SPONSOR FREE TRAINING FOR COMMUNITIES, FIRST RESPONDERS Safety is a top priority for the oil and gas industry and that means not only properly training employees and contractors, but also ensuring communities and first responders are prepared. That’s why the North Dakota Safety…

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    Companies donate $82,000 to charities

    Activity may be down this year due to oil prices, but that hasn’t held companies back from hosting fundraising events that give back to their local communities. In August, Purity Oilfield Services hosted its 2nd Annual Truck Rodeo, which raised more than $22,000 for the local 4-H and Teen Challenge programs in Williston. The event…

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    The Abandoned Oil & Gas Well Plugging and Site Reclamation Fund working to remediate abandoned well sites & re-beautify the land

    Ben Smith, KX News

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    #ThrowbackThursday – Alexander Athletics

    It’s Thursday, let’s throwback to a time, pre-shale boom…Small western North Dakota town, Alexander hadn’t had high school sports at Alexander Public School for years as the town was too small to sustain teams.  The few kids of Alexander had to co-op with Watford City High School in order to play sports. Moving forward to…

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    Alexander breaks ground on school expansion project

    By Amy Robinson Farmer Staff Writer The Alexander Public School held its ribbon-cutting ceremony for their new expansion project on Tuesday, Aug. 18. There to celebrate were school officials and teachers, students, members of the construction company, and community members. “I’m so grateful for the staff I have,” said Leslie Bieber, Alexander Public School superintendent….

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    Walking Oil Rigs Spur Cheaper, Quicker Drilling in Supply Glut

    David Wethe, Bloomberg Business Have you ever seen an oil rig walk? Some of the newest rigs can travel hundreds of yards to the next well under their own power, lurching along like 150-foot-tall robots on hydraulic legs that raise the equipment five inches at a time, nudging forward at about a foot per minute. While that…

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    Spread the Warmth Winter Clothing Drive Gives Back to Communities

    Bismarck, N.D. – The North Dakota Petroleum Council (NDPC) and its members are kicking off the 1st Annual Spread the Warmth Winter Clothing Drive today, Sept. 1. The month-long drive will help collect winter clothing that will fill a vital need in many communities this winter. “So many of our neighbors need help, and our…

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    Purity Oilfield Services gives over $22,000

    By Melissa Krause [email protected]   Many companies in the oil industry have disregarded the uncertain economic climate and have remained undeterred when giving back to the community. Over $22,000 in sizable donations from Purity Oilfield Services was split between the local 4-H and Teen Challenge programs on Thursday. A concept for a “truck rodeo” was…

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    Oil industry expert questions findings of crude exports report

    By Patrick C. Miller | August 26, 2015 A Center for American Progress (CAP) report on lifting the U.S. ban on crude exports said the move represents a fundamental policy change that creates risk without adequate consideration of the consequences. But John Auers, executive vice president at Turner Mason & Co. who’s nationally recognized as…

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    North Dakota’s big oil boom in a man’s land

    Henrietta Norton and Dan Dennison from the Guardian traveled to Williston and Watford City to see the boom for themselves. Expecting the “Wild West” or frontier towns because of the way the area is so commonly portrayed, they found instead a place “much more subtle and complex.” “I’ve been surprised by the positivity individuals have…

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    World Oil announced today that Fortis Energy Services has been named a finalist in the World Oil Awards category of Best Outreach Program for its Fortis4Vets program. Fortis4Vets is an employment initiative the company developed to hire highly qualified American veterans, reservists and members of the National Guard. Fortis fully supports and values those who…

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    NDSC, Hess Sponsor Free Training for Communities, First Responders

    Hess Corporation is partnering with the North Dakota Safety Council (NDSC) to provide free training designed to prepare communities and emergency personnel to safely and confidently respond to oil and gas emergencies. This training will be provided in conjunction with the 2015 Southwest Region EMS Conference, Saturday, Sept. 26 in Medora. “We’re proud to partner…

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    Scott Meske: Economic growth tied to more than just price of oil

    The Bakken may be out of the boom phase, but we’re not done yet Last year at this time my office received dozens of phone calls and emails asking about ‘boomtown’ and what’s really going on in Williston, North Dakota. Now we get calls asking about ‘the bust’ and what’s it like in Williston. After…

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    EERC recommends saltwater remediation pilot project

    BISMARCK, N.D. – Funding for a pilot program on remediation of land spoiled by oil-drilling saltwater pits was recommended Thursday by the North Dakota Oil and Gas Research Program board. The board passed its recommendation of awarding $500,000 to the Energy and Environmental Research Center’s proposal to the North Dakota Industrial Commission. The EERC’s proposal…

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    Eco-Drilling: Reducing Impacts to the Land

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    Voodoo Crude: Testing dispels volatile rumors about crude oil

    Anton Riecher, Industrial Fire World Hysteria rather than science is driving the misconception that Bakken crude is more volatile than other types of crude oil routinely shipped across the United States, said Chauncey Naylor, director of training and fire and emergency response for Tyco Williams Fire & Hazard Control. “We’ve got people running around saying…

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    North Dakota’s “Hands Off” Approach To Pipeline Reclamation Is Working

    by Kevin Killough The thing about economic liberty is that it sometimes gets messy, and there really is no one way to do it. It can take some experimenting. North Dakota is somewhat unique among states with its hands-off approach to dealing with the problems that come with industrial growth. Rather than treating the oil industry…

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    Drilling bits & terabytes: How the Bakken created statewide opportunity

    Zach Koppang | Shale Plays Media The boom in the west is being heard in the east as companies in the Red River Valley strive to create innovative new technology to further advance and enhance oil development in North Dakota’s Bakken. On Monday, September 21st, the energy and tech sectors will converge in Fargo to…

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    Top-Notch Employees Put Service Company in a League of Its Own

    While there are many companies specializing in well completions, workovers, maintenance and plugging for the U.S. oil and gas industry, Fortis Energy Services Inc.relies on its workforce to set itself apart. “It’s really the service we provide on location,” says Edward Shelton, Fortis’ vice president of business development. “Our crews work safely and efficiently. We…

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    Oil truck rodeo raises money for local causes

    By Melissa Krause [email protected] WILLISTON — Onlookers stood berated by wind all afternoon, yet remained unfazed as they watched expert truck drivers represent their companies in the 2nd Annual Purity Oilfield Services Truck Rodeo. Wind came as a welcome relief to counter the scorching temperatures Williston has been experiencing all week making it bearable for…

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    Inside Energy: Power to the Bakken

    In North Dakota’s Bakken oilfield, demand for electricity has skyrocketed – unlike much of the rest of country, where demand been flat since the recession. Dale Haugen has seen this first hand as general manager of the Mountrail Williams Electric Cooperative, which serves the heart of the Bakken. In the early 2000s, things were pretty…

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    $6 million pipeline project to reduce truck traffic, flaring

    By Nick Smith A short pipeline project to move natural gas liquids from a gas processing plant under construction in McKenzie County to a pipeline interconnect would reduce traffic by 95 truckloads per day, according to Oneok Bakken Pipeline LLC. Members of the North Dakota Public Service Commission approved the proposed $6 million Lonesome Creek…

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    What does a truck and 65 million year old mammal have in common?

      MONTHLY NEWSLETTER FOR AUGUST 2015     …they’re both in this newsletter. Now read on!     BUCKIN’ TRUCKS & HORSEPOWER: PURITY OILFIELD SERVICES SET TO HOST 2ND ANNUAL TRUCK RODEO It’s tough being a trucker, and drivers often get a bad rap, but on Saturday, some drivers are ready to prove to the public and…

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    Bismarck intern finds fossil of world’s oldest mammal

    An intern with the state Geological Survey found a fossil of a small mouse-sized critter older than 65 million years and among the first mammals to exist on Earth. Sean Ternes, a Bismarck native, was participating in a public fossil dig near Marmarth on July 9 when he found the jawbone of the glasbius twitchelli,…

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    Bits + Bytes seminar will highlight technology’s role in oil development

    On Monday, September 21st, the oil and technology industries collide in Fargo at a public event hosted by the North Dakota Petroleum Council and Bakken Backers.   “Bits + Bytes” will highlight how Red River Valley firms have found opportunity to grow their businesses in the Bakken and includes an education session for the public…

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    Educators Get an Inside Look at North Dakota’s Energy Industry

    KXNet.com – Bismarck/Minot/Williston/Dickinson-KXNEWS,ND By Ben Smith, Reporter Educators from several states get a close up look into North Dakota’s Energy Sector. For two days, these educators have been touring facilities like the Dakota Prairie Oil Refinery near Dickinson, and the BNI Coal Center Mine near Center. It gave them a chance to learn first hand…

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    In North Dakota, Boom, Bust and Oil

    By RICHARD RUBIN, New York Times On U.S. 2 in North Dakota, just west of the turnoff for Tioga, you will spot two little brown highway signs pointing left: Historic Site 5 Miles And: Lewis and Clark State Park 30 Miles It would be natural to assume that the historic site has something to do…

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    Rep. Cramer brings five fellow House Representatives from Washington to visit the Bakken, see safety measures for oil, railroad

    Rep. Kevin Cramer

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    Moving beyond the bust mentality

    There is nothing I love more than summers in North Dakota. Each weekend from Memorial Day to the start of the North Dakota State Fair, I hit the road and drive back to my hometown of New Town to spend a weekend on Lake Sakakawea. What used to be a pretty quick drive from Bismarck…

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    U.S. Factory construction hits highest level since 1958

    by CHRISS W. STREET  2 Aug 2015Newport Beach, CA Investment in new U.S. factory plant and equipment just hit the highest level since 1958. After 100 years of economic dominance due to cheap and abundant oil, U.S. politicians turned against domestic oil production in the 1970s and the Middle East oil production took off. For the…

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    Western ND Public Schools & Airports to benefit $16.3 million from an award from the Land Board in Energy Impact Grant Funds

    BISMARCK, N.D. – The Board of University and School Lands (Land Board) today awarded $15 million in Energy Impact Grant funds to K-12 schools and another $1.3 million to airports in western North Dakota’s oil and gas region. “Working together, we are making great progress in addressing the impacts associated with a growing economy and…

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    Bakken Perspective: Entire State Benefits from Energy

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    Oil and Conservation: Reclamation for our future

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    TENORM: Filter Socks & Their Uses

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    U.S. oil firms turn to fracking mixology as crude slides again

    WILLISTON, N.D. | BY ERNEST SCHEYDER U.S. oil companies, under renewed pressure from falling crude prices, are increasingly tweaking and mixing fracking technologies as they scramble to squeeze more out of wells and eke out profits after rounds of cost-cutting. Shale oil firms need the experiments to payoff now more so than before given that…

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    Safety First: Industry Safety Standards & Procedures

    Safety Director Rick Rodgers discusses training standards and procedures in the Bakken.

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    Safety First: Continued Training and Education

    Safety Training doesn’t stop after day one – it’s an ongoing process in the Bakken.

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    Bakken Expo: Optimism about ND oil future

    By Ryan Laughlin, Grand Forks Herald The Bakken is the rock formation that has been known for producible oil reserves in western North Dakota.  Today at The Bakken Expo local businesses were optimistic about how business in the Bakken could affect Grand Forks. “We’re just trying to spark up some new customers and see what…

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    Safety First: Training New Hires

    Safety Director Rick Rodgers talks about just a few of the many safety training programs in the industry.

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    Oil company gives $5 million for housing: teachers, police among those who will benefit

    By Amy Dalrymple, Forum Communciations XTO Energy announced Monday a $5 million donation that will help provide affordable housing for teachers, police and other essential personnel in three of the state’s busiest oil communities. The oil company’s contribution to North Dakota’s Housing Incentive Fund will support four housing projects in Williston, Watford City and Killdeer….

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    Slowdown won’t cause oil bust

    By Nick Smith, Bismarck Tribune State officials provided lawmakers with a largely upbeat picture Monday of state revenues and oil production with both holding fairly level despite a recent decline in oil prices and rig activity. The interim Government Finance Committee heard updates on oil production and the status of state revenue collections in the…

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    Bismarck Tribune: Trails open nature’s beauty to everyone

    A gem in western North Dakota just got brighter recently when the two segments of the Maah Daah Hey Trail were linked. Now bikers, hikers and horseback riders can enjoy 150 miles of nature’s beauty. The northern section of the trail opened in 1999 and offers 100 miles of trails that take people from Sully…

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    Traveling by car this summer? Tips for saving money on gas

    In 2014, Americans drove 3.02 trillion miles—the equivalent of 6.2 million round-trips to the moon. With light-duty vehicles accounting for more than 40% of U.S. oil use, most people want to use less gas to save them money, helping reduce pollution and improve energy security. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to improve your gas…

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    Traveling pipeline expo visits Bemidji – highlights jobs, infrastructure, safety

    By Matthew Liedke, Grand Forks Herald group of Minnesota pipeline workers visited Bemidji on Wednesday as part of traveling expo to show how the industry operates in the state. The group, which includes a coalition of four labor unions involved in pipeline construction and installation, visited the Beltrami County Fairgrounds to speak with local residents about…

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    GE and Statoil collaboration announces winners of inaugural open innovation challenge

    GE and Statoil’s Sustainability Collaboration announced today the five winners of its inaugural Open Innovation Challenge that focused on addressing the use of sand in unconventional operations. Five Winning Technologies Address Alternatives for Sand in Shale Development: Sand plays a critical role in shale development and the hydraulic fracturing process. The proppant is mixed with…

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    Bakken Oil Play Here to Stay

    By Amy Robinson Farmer Staff Writer The petroleum industry is one of the largest basic-sector industries in North Dakota. The economic effects are felt statewide, making the industry one of the key forces of North Dakota’s economy. That was the universal message being given by the four featured speakers at last week’s seventh Annual Bakken…

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    John Hurley of UND Energy & Environmental Research Center announced as a winner of Statoil & GE Open Innovation Sand Challenge

    GE and Statoil’s Sustainability Collaboration announced today the five winners of its inaugural Open Innovation Challenge that focused on addressing the use of sand in unconventional operations.

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    CORE OIL COUNTIES TRIPLE IN SIZE OF EMPLOYMENT

    2014 Annual Employment Data Reveals Extent and Makeup of Growth in Bakken During Boom As pundits and public sentiment have declared the end of the Bakken Boom, the 2014 Annual Employment and Wages data released on June 2, 2015 reveal that employment has tripled or nearly so in the four core oil and gas producing…

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    Oil and food go hand-in-hand

    Free food, games and music as petroleum companies reach out By Charlee Guild, Williston Herald When living in an area of such high oil production, it may be difficult to fully understand everything that goes on in the Bakken. Tuesday in Alexander, an informative yet exciting, atmosphere was set as the North Dakota Petroleum Services…

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    UND Program To Solve Attorney Shortage In Western North Dakota

      The western North Dakota oil boom has slowed, but a major population boom, along with a severe lack of attorneys remains. A shortage of attorneys is a problem being experienced in rural areas across the State. However, UND’s Law School has started the “Rural Justice Program” to help solve the problem. As construction workers…

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    The Bakken and Geology in North Dakota

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    Protecting our Land: Focus on wellbore integrity

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    The basics of directional drilling & hydraulic fracturing

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    How North Dakota’s growth is good for the world

    The United States is standing on the threshold of a new era of energy independence for the nation, and North Dakota has the power to open the door. Thanks to technologies in oil and gas development including horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing, the Bakken and Three Forks formations in western North Dakota have been unlocked,…

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    Texas Railroad Commission: Clarifying Texas’ requirements on transporting crude oil

    It has come to my attention that several media outlets and commentators in North Dakota have reported that Texas requires oil producers to use a process called “stabilization” to reduce the volatility of crude oil transport. I would like to add some clarity to the discussion. As the chairman of Texas’ oil and gas regulatory…

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    Ag Department Program Resolves Pipeline Problems

      With thousands of miles of pipeline crossing the state, it’s important for companies to have a good working relationship with landowners. However, that isn’t always the case, prompting the legislature to approve emergency funding for a pipeline program through the state agriculture department. So far it has received 14 complaints. Problems range anywhere from…

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    A State Program Reclaims Land Affected by Oil-Production

    KXNet.com – Bismarck/Minot/Williston/Dickinson-KXNEWS,ND Spills coming from oil production have become common over the last few years. When no company takes responsibility for a costly cleanup, a new government program steps in. It’s a new era for North Dakota. With an exploding oil industry comes a thriving economy. But byproducts of oil production can poison the…

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    July Newsletter: Ladies take the lead in North Dakota

    MONTHLY NEWSLETTER FOR JULY 2015     NORTH DAKOTA LEADS NATION IN WOMEN-OWNED FIRMS AND ECONOMIC CLOUT North Dakota has found itself on the top of another list of economic opportunities and strength, but this times, it’s for girls only. North Dakota ranks as the top state for women-owned businesses and economic clout, according to a report…

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    ND Leads nation in women-owned firms and economic clout

    North Dakota has found itself on the top of another list outlining economic strength. North Dakota ranks as the top state for women-owned businesses and economic clout, according to a report published recently by American Express OPEN and WomenAble. The number of women-owned firms has increased by 89.3 percent since 1997, with revenues increasing 234.7…

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    Opinion: N.D. residents should learn how oil, gas industry works

    By Craig Hovet from Dickinson, N.D. Safety in the oil industry is a pivotal concern and responsible, conscious operators extend this concern to internal and public controls. Recent findings by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency stated that hydraulic-fracturing techniques (fracking) pose no inherent risk to the public and the environment, including groundwater. This came as…

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    New TrainND facility open in Williston

    By Amy Dalrymple, Forum Communications A  new $7.5 million workforce training facility in Williston is complete, filling a demand for oil industry training that remains strong despite a slowdown in drilling. The new building for TrainND’s Northwest Center at Williston State College brings the classroom training together with its petroleum simulators and field program, which…

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    ‘The Boomtown Bucket List’ Provides Ideas for Entertainment in Williston

      Without places like a mall to hang out, newcomers to Williston have to settle for Wal-Mart. But there are plenty of other interesting things to do in Williston. Writer Iver Marjerison is on a mission to dispel a big myth in Williston. “Oh, there’s nothing to do in Williston. What do you guys do…

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    Dakota Prairie Refinery manager brings a “calming influence” to the plant

    Maxine Herr | Shale Plays Media Contributor Her strawberry blonde curls and cheerful disposition challenge the perceptions of a rugged, male-dominated industry, but the Dakota Prairie Refining (DPR) plant near Dickinson seems to benefit from a woman at the reins. “It’s still a bit of a man’s world, but I do think women bring something…

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    Oil still tops N.D. economy, fuels growth

    By Patrick Springer, Forum Communications Oil remained king in North Dakota as the largest economic sector and the engine that powered the state’s impressive growth last year despite a drop in petroleum prices. The mining sector, dominated by oil and gas extraction, contributed $9 billion toward the state’s $55 billion economy last year, as measured…

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    Authorities weigh in on lifting of federal oil export ban

    By Andrew Wernette, The Dickinson Press What would it mean for North Dakota and the nation if the long-standing federal ban on exporting crude oil were lifted? That is the question many are asking now that the United States has enough oil to share in a world that would gladly buy it. There are arguments…

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    ND Leads Nation in Women-Owned Businesses

    Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., brought U.S. Small Business Administration leader Maria Contreras-Sweet to North Dakota today to highlight successful women-owned small businesses in North Dakota and discuss ways to encourage and support women entrepreneurs. Women-owned businesses are all over Minot, especially downtown. North Dakota has about 23,500 women-owned businesses, which account for about one-third of the…

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    Alexander & South Heart Gear Up for CookFest While Companies Give Back

    MONTHLY NEWSLETTER FOR JUNE 2015     ALEXANDER & SOUTH HEART GEAR UP FOR COOKFEST Final preparations are being made for the 7th Annual Bakken Rocks CookFest in this year’s host communities. The anticipated event, which includes a free barbecue, Bakken Basics Information Sessions and live entertainment will be held July 14 in Alexander and July 16…

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    Dickinson refinery celebrates opening about 2 months after ramp up

    By Andrew Wernette, The Dickinson Press North Dakota Senate Majority Leader Rich Wardner raised his fist as he encouraged the crowd around him to chant along. “Hip hip, hooray!” the Dickinson Republican shouted, and the responding roar was unanimous. is was one of the more energetic responses Monday during the grand opening of Dakota Prairie…

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    Dakota Prairie Refinery Brings Business to Dickinson Area

    The opening of Dakota Prairie Refinery will bring more than diesel to the state. “To be able to say we did something here that hasn’t been done in the United States in 40 years, that’s quite a statement,” said Gov. Jack Dalrymple. The nation’s first GreenField fuels refinery to be built in nearly 40 years…

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    Bakken Rocks CookFest Gearing Up for Alexander and South Heart

    Final preparations are being made for the 7th Annual Bakken Rocks CookFest in this year’s host communities. The anticipated event, which includes a free barbecue, Bakken Basics information sessions, informational booths and live entertainment will be held July 14 in Alexander and July 16 in South Heart. This year’s events will include music by Jessie…

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    How North Dakota’s growth is good for the world

                        The United States is standing on the threshold of a new era of energy independence for the nation, and North Dakota has the power to open the door. Thanks to technologies in oil and gas development including horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing, the Bakken and…

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    Educators across the state come together for energy industry seminar

    By Andrew Wernette, The Dickinson Press In front of an audience of high school teachers from all the over the state, Kent Ellis of the Energy Career Awareness Partnership said that, for high school graduates, getting a standard four-year university education doesn’t necessarily mean that one acquires adequate skills for the workplace. Rather, he said, getting…

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    John Harju: The facts about oil conditioning, oil stabilization and Texas

    “Senate bill would limit volatility of crude shipped by rail.” “Senator wants tougher rules for volatile oil moved by rail.” As it rolls down the tracks, the oil-train debate is throwing off these headlines like sparks, reflecting the efforts of senior government officials to cope with the higher volumes of oil being shipped from the…

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    Infographic: Facts & Figures

    View the latest stats, facts and figures of the oil industry in the Bakken:  

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    Nuverra launches experiment to re-use oil drilling waste

    By Amy Dalrymple, Forum Communications An oilfield service company says it can recycle Bakken drilling waste while protecting the environment, turning waste that would otherwise go to a landfill into material for roads or other uses. Nuverra Environmental Solutions is one of three companies that will launch a pilot project approved by the North Dakota Department of…

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    North Dakota’s “offshore” well becomes prime walleye hole

    North Dakota became an offshore drilling state in 1957 when Investors Oil Inc. began drilling the U.S.A. #1 near what is now Beaver Bay, making it the only marine and offshore drilling operation for thousands of miles. The well was spud in February 22, 1957, just four years after the Garrison Dam was completed. Although…

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    Kummer promoted to President of Operations at MBI Energy Services

    Watford native is thriving in his chosen career path and ever-growing family By Amy Robinson Farmer Staff Writer Jeff Kummer, Watford City native, hasn’t only been recognized for his leadership in the oil and gas industry as one of 20 ‘rising stars’ in the Oil and Gas Investor Magazine’s “20 Under 40” campaign, but was…

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    Bakken Companies Draw Blood for Community

    United Blood Services urges volunteers to “find the hero” in them, and 141 industry employees representing 34 companies did just that in February. The North Dakota Petroleum Council and its members hosted the First Annual Battle of the Bakken Blood Drive, a friendly competition that pitted oil companies against one another to try and increase…

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    New Legislation Could Make North Dakota A Player In World Oil Market

      It’s legislation that some say could turn North Dakota into a worldwide, economic power. North Dakota’s Senator’s are working to ban legislation that was put in place during America’s 1970’s gas shortages. It prohibits North Dakota and the other lower 48 states from exporting oil. To continue reading, click here.

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    Training Facility Gives Oil Truckers Hands-On Experience

    KXNet.com – Bismarck/Minot/Williston/Dickinson-KXNEWS,ND KXNet.com – Bismarck/Minot/Williston/Dickinson-KXNEWS,ND By Ben Smith, Reporter According to OSHA, half of worker fatalities in North Dakota happen in the oil and gas industry. But a training facility in Belfield gives oil truck drivers what they need to keep safe while at work. Ben Smith has this story. Click here to read…

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    Enbridge creates new environmental grant program

    By Forum News Service To lessen the environmental impact along pipeline construction routes, Enbridge announced Monday the creation of a new grant program. Called the Ecofootprint Grant Program, communities in North Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin along the route of the proposed Sandpiper pipeline, along with the Line 3 replacement project, are eligible for grants to…

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    Alexander bringing back sports teams with influx of students

    ALEXANDER, N.D. (AP) – The Alexander High School Comets sports teams will once again be blazing their own way, thanks to the oil boom in western North Dakota. The school board in the oil patch city has decided to bring back football, basketball and volleyball in the fall now that the school has enough students to field teams. Enrollment…

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    Drill tests pipeline company spill skills

    By Amy Dalrymple  on May 6, Enbridge employees simulated a worst-case scenario Wednesday to practice how they would respond to an oil spill in the Souris River. The simulated exercise that employees learned of at 10 a.m. Tuesday was that an excavator struck one of Enbridge’s crude oil pipelines and released 800 barrels – or 33,600…

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    What the Future of Oil Drilling Will Look Like

    by Russell Gold, Wall Street Journal TIOGA, N.D.—The future of the U.S. oil industry may well be taking shape north of this town on 15 square miles of windswept prairie above the Bakken Shale. It’s about as far from the industry’s wildcatting heritage as is thinkable. “Our idea was to build the world’s greatest oil…

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    Dakota Prairie Refinery Commences Startup Operations

    First Greenfield Fuels Refinery Built in U.S. Since 1976 BISMARCK, N.D. — May 4, 2015 – MDU Resources Group, Inc. (NYSE:MDU) and Calumet Specialty Products Partners, L.P. (NASDAQ:CLMT) today announced that the Dickinson, North Dakota-based Dakota Prairie refinery, the first greenfield fuels refinery built in the U.S. in nearly 40 years, has commenced operations. The…

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    May: North Dakota’s Offshore Drilling History & Other Interesting News

    MONTHLY NEWSLETTER FOR May 2015     OFFSHORE DRILLING IN NORTH DAKOTA North Dakota’s “offshore” well becomes prime walleye hole North Dakota became an offshore drilling state in 1957 when Investors Oil Inc. began drilling the U.S.A. #1 near what is now Beaver Bay, making it the only marine and offshore drilling operation for thousands of miles….

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    NDPC Column: When “Big Oil” becomes you and me

    By Tessa Sandstrom, North Dakota Petroleum Council For many of us growing up in Small Town, North Dakota, the opportunities for staying in your hometown after high school or even after college were fairly limited. Apart from working in retail (if your small town was so lucky to have retail stores), you might have been…

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    The Oil Export Ban: A Relic of the 1970s

    By JOHN HESS While one can debate the reasons for the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries’ decision in November to continue flooding the oil markets, the fact is that this is squeezing many U.S. shale oil producers out of business. Oil prices have dropped by 50% in the past six months, and crude oil inventories in…

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    Never say ‘bye’: Local developer says quality firms like his are waiting for next oil wave

    By Virginia Grantier, The Dickinson Press   Pat Hart sits in the dark every morning with his cup of coffee — and waits for the sunrise. When it’s light, the 54-year-old starts his morning devotionals, opens his Bible and prays. Hart, president and one of four partners/owners of Meyer Real Estate Group in Dickinson, said he…

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    Putting the ‘safe’ in hazardous oil waste

    By John D. Taylor Rick Chaffee stands in front of a dozen enormous liquid storage tanks at a Salt Water Disposal (SWD) facility, a couple miles west of Crosby, explaining how saltwater, a byproduct of oil production, is handled there. Chaffee is Secure Energy’s Facility Manager for Processing, Recovery and Disposal at the Crosby facility….

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    Turning Bakken Oil Well Waste Water Into Clean Geothermal Power

    by Jeremy Van Loon, Bloomberg Oil fracking companies seeking to improve their image and pull in a little extra cash are turning their waste water into clean geothermal power. For every barrel of oil produced from a well, there’s another seven of water, much of it boiling hot. Instead of letting it go to waste, some companies…

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    New Balance of Power

    By CLIFFORD KRAUSS, New York Times HOUSTON — For the better part of the last century, crude oil prices have swung like a pendulum, pushing and pulling the fortunes of nations. More often than not, global supplies of the volatile commodity were controlled by the rulers of desert domains who would otherwise have been powerless had…

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    Hess Ranked Top Oil and Gas Company on 2015 Best Corporate Citizens List

    NEW YORK, April 21, 2015 – Hess Corporation (NYSE: HES) has been ranked the No. 1 oil and gas company on Corporate Responsibility magazine’s prestigious list of 100 Best Corporate Citizens for 2015. The list recognizes public companies across the United States that demonstrated strong performance in such areas as environment, climate change, employee relations,…

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    In wake of oil slump, watchful North Dakotans adjust expectations

    Article by: JENNIFER BROOKS , Star Tribune WILLISTON, N.D. – Snowflakes and tumbleweeds whip past dismantled stacks of steel that used to be hundreds of oil workers’ livelihoods. Four massive drilling rigs, idled on the windswept prairie near the North Dakota-Montana line here, wait for oil prices to rise again. Last year, when oil was selling for $100…

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    Service Spotlight: Bilfinger Westcon

    The large, bright blue and red office of Bilfinger Westcon is hard to miss for those driving north of Bismarck on Highway 83. The unique, geometric building stands out and makes its presence known among the grass and rolling hills of North Bismarck. What few likely know about the company, however, is that it’s presence…

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    KORRIE WENZEL: Keep twisting Sandpiper valve toward ‘open’

    The proposed Sandpiper oil pipeline passed a key milestone this week, further convincing us that its construction is necessary and, even, imminent. Eric Lipman, an administrative law judge in Minnesota, on Monday recommended that Sandpiper be built, albeit with a few conditions. He made that decision after taking five days of testimony and receiving some…

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    Letter: Never more good opportunity in ND

    By Matt Jensen from Grand Forks   Young adults in North Dakota have never had more opportunity. Our state has entered into a time of unprecedented economic growth, thanks to the Bakken. With economic growth, the need for highly skilled professionals is rapidly increasing. It is imperative that we increase our efforts to disseminate career information…

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    Bismarck Tribune: Bakken is a valuable, long-term play for the state

    Low oil prices continue to make headlines as more rigs are stacked and deactivated in the Bakken. How long they remain out of service is difficult to predict. Even after the price for crude recovers, which history has taught us it will; it will take time to put drilling rigs back into service when conditions…

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    Bakken baby boom: More young moms, babies in Dickinson than ever before

    By Abby Kessler  on Ma Heather Nelson welcomed a newborn baby boy into her home on Monday, an addition that increased the family to five members. While she was in the birthing unit, she said the center was a “crazy town.” Four babies were born the night she was there, and three others the day after….

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    Couple finds new opportunities in Oil Patch after slowdown

    By Amy Dalrymple  on May 10, Low oil prices forced Daisy Delaney to park her truck in January after she had been hauling water in the Bakken oilfields for about a year. But she wasn’t ready to say goodbye to North Dakota. She instead went to work hauling gravel for Divide County, where her husband, Erik,…

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    Clean Williston Day to be held April 25

    by Barbara Peterson Williston will celebrate springtime with a City-wide cleanup and barbeque on Saturday, April 25. Clean Williston Day is held every spring and fall to bring people together for a common cause that helps boost the community’s spirit. “The spring cleanup makes us proud of our City, it reminds us not to litter,…

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    April Newsletter: Who is Big Oil? Chances are, someone you know

    MONTHLY NEWSLETTER FOR APRIL 2015     COMMUNITIES, COMPANIES TO KICK OFF “PICK UP THE PATCH” THIS SPRING With spring finally here, several North Dakota communities and the companies that operate in them are planning Community Clean-Ups and Pick Up the Patch events beginning this week. “Our members are invested in our communities, and we want to…

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    Letter: ND’s pipeline integrity a good idea

    By Vern Jacobson from Bottineau I want to say thank you to North Dakota officials, including Gov. Jack Dalrymple, members of the Industrial Commission and the Public Service Commission for the progress we’ve made in improving safety of oil pipelines in our state. Their idea for creating a state-run pipeline integrity program is a good one,…

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    ManLog: Not too late to join the Bakken businesses

    RENÉE JEAN WILLISTON HERALD WILLISTON — When the rush was on for black gold in North Dakota, logistics and efficiency had to take a back seat to logistics and efficiency. The important thing was to drill the cores and put down wells in all the areas with the best potential, thus securing the rights to…

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    LETTER: N.D.’s rules promote prudent, responsible growth

    By Charlie Adams While most of the nation rages on about the Keystone XL pipeline, North Dakota currently is undertaking three major projects that completely will transform oil transportation in our state while adding programs to better build pipelines. When completed (in 2016, ’17 and ’18), the Sandpiper, Dakota Access and Upland pipelines will significantly reduce…

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    Fossil Fuel Free Is No Country for the Poor

    By DONALD J. BOUDREAUX Richard Branson,Arianna Huffington and several other business icons recently called on world leaders to commit to net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. Such a commitment, they vow, would “drive innovation, grow jobs, build prosperity and secure a better world.” This isn’t merely impractical; it’s nonsensical. Fossil fuels are the bedrock of modernity, generating cheap…

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    Hi-tech and Big Data offer hope to battered US oil industry

    By Ernest Scheyder WILLISTON, N.D., March 27 (Reuters) – The tech geeks are coming to the oil industry’s rescue. With the price of crude plumbing lows not seen since 2009, Royal Dutch Shell, Whiting Petroleum Corp and many others are turning to rocket fuel, Big Data, lasers, spectrometers and other new or revamped technologies to do…

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    Manufacturers trying to find their niche in oil industry

    By Amy Dalrymple, Forum News Service WILLISTON, N.D. – A product a North Dakota manufacturing company began making for one oil customer is now exported to several states. The success story of a product from Steffes Corp., with locations in Dickinson and Grand Forks, served as an example this week for regional manufacturers trying to break…

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    March Newsletter: Bakken Draws Blood for Community

    MONTHLY NEWSLETTER FOR MARCH 2015     BATTLE OF THE BAKKEN BLOOD DRIVE A SUCCESS Energy of North Dakota and the NDPC Outreach Committee launched its first annual Battle of the Bakken Blood Drive with great success. The industry had 141 volunteers who “found the hero in them” and donated their time and blood to United Blood…

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    As oil prices slide, North Dakota sees manufacturing in its future

    BY ERNEST SCHEYDER WILLISTON, N.D. (Reuters) – Business and community leaders in North Dakota’s western oil patch have launched an aggressive campaign to convince more manufacturers to set up shop locally, part of a push to expand the area’s economy beyond crude production and slash costs. The effort, which was launched on Wednesday at a conference in Williston,…

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    Myths of the Bakken – Will one lateral wellbore drain a spacing unit?

    By Kathleen Neset, President of Neset Consulting Service Let’s propose the idea that you own mineral acres under a parcel of land in a Bakken and Three Forks productive area of western North Dakota. The cost to drill a well on the parcel of land costs a lot of money. From the drilling to the…

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    You can go home: Returnees to ND oil boom town here to stay

    BY SHARON COHENAP NATIONAL WRITER WATFORD CITY, N.D. Before oil tanker trucks rumbled down the roads at all hours, this town was so quiet that Erin White rode her horse to a deserted Main Street one night. Back then, this was a dusty hamlet with few prospects for a future. Like many teens, White considered…

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    Growing steadily: Richardton undergoing big changes as oil’s sprawl drives development, growth

    By Katherine Lymn , The Dickinson Press RICHARDTON — Mayor Frank Kirschenheiter said Richardtonians look at the growth in their town a certain way. “We’d rather move forward than die,” he said. “… You go one direction in life, take your pick: If you’re not gonna go forward, you’re going backward.” That attitude is helping the city…

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    Service Spotlight: Purity Oilfield Services Makes Family Focus & Community Involvement a Part of Business

    Family Focus, Community Involvement a winning recipe for Purity Oilfield Services. When it comes to barbecue, Purity Oilfield Services has a winning recipe. For two years in a row Purity – along with their partner Petro-Hunt – earned the People’s Choice Award for Best Cook Team at the Bakken Rocks CookFest, and it is an…

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    Oil and Gas Companies Honored for Best Practices, Community Service

    Several companies operating in North Dakota were awarded at the Rocky Mountain Oil and Gas Awards which recognize the great gains being made by upstream and midstream companies in the key areas of corporate social responsibility, the environment and health and safety. This is the third year the awards have been held. “It is clear…

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    Safety first: MBI’s unique program takes oilfield training slow

    By Dustin Monke Troy Ohlhausen never lets the needle on his pickup’s speedometer go beyond 10 mph when he’s on an oilfield site — even if the site where he’s driving is nothing more than a simulation. As Ohlhausen drove slow and steady around MBI Energy Services’ training facility Thursday, he pointed out truck drivers training…

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    Petroleum engineers still a necessity for oil industry, despite fluctuations in industry

    By Anna Burleson Alexy Kovalev knows his job doesn’t sound that exciting to the average person, but it’s obvious he loves it as he talks about how what he’s doing will have a real impact on the oil industry. “The outcome of this project will be to collect data from a number of wells in a…

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    Continental Cares: Funding the Future Grant Program

    Post Date: Mar 16 2015 The second annual Continental Cares: Funding the Future Grant Program is enhancing education across the country. A total of twenty-two schools in Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota and Oklahoma are the proud recipients of this year’s Funding the Future Grant. The program is designed to help enhance the school’s reading, science,…

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    Economic Output from Oil & Gas Increases by 750 percent since 2005

    Bismarck, N.D. – The oil and gas industry has seen its economic output rise by 750 percent to $43 billion since 2005, according to a study conducted by the North Dakota State University’s Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics. The study also found that the industry directly supported 55,137 full time equivalent jobs and supported…

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    Naval experience helps couple get start in Bakken

    WATFORD CITY — Adam and Elizabeth Powell came to North Dakota as a package deal. The newlyweds who recently completed serving four years in the U.S. Navy moved to Watford City to take on leadership roles with a startup energy company. The couple met while serving on the same ship in San Diego. Even before…

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    Multi-Well Pads: Recovering more while using less

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    Corval Group Continues Exceptional Safety Performance

    ST. PAUL, MN, February 19th, 2015 – Corval Group is pleased to announce that it has accomplished more than 5,000,000 hours worked without a lost time injury. Corval has embraced safety at all levels of the organization to reach this achievement. Jon Paul, a Superintendent for Corval’s Northwest region has been with Corval since 2007…

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    LT Environmental recognized among leaders in the oil and gas industry

    DENVER, CO. –LT Environmental, Inc. (LTE), a full service environmental and engineering firm, is pleased to announce that the company has been named a Rocky Mountain Oil & Gas Awards Finalist. The third annual Oil & Gas Awards recognizes the outstanding achievements of leaders within the upstream and midstream sectors of the North American oil…

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    Northern Electric, Inc. Continues Support and Donations to The Minot, North Dakota Family YMCA

    Northern Electric, Inc., the electrical construction division of The Northern Group out of Westminster Colorado, today announced that it has made another $500.00 contribution to the Minot Family YMCA to help sustain many of their educational, recreational and support programs for families in the area. The donation will support kids basketball and its families in…

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    College professors invited for two-day tour of North Dakota’s energy industry

    Bismarck, N.D. – The Lignite Energy Council and the North Dakota Petroleum Council (NDPC) will be hosting a “North Dakota Energy Tour” on August 5 and 6 and will be inviting college professors to participate in the two-day tour. The objective of the Energy Tour is to give professors a first-hand look at the state’s…

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    True: Careful, deliberate choices to ensure pipeline safety

    A month ago our Poplar Pipeline leaked oil into the Yellowstone River. Since then, we’ve been engaged in an all-out and intense effort to minimize the environmental impact of that terrible and unfortunate accident. Also unfortunate are the articles, including one in this newspaper, that paint an incomplete picture of our operational record and question…

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    Letter: Valley benefits from energy boom

    By Mike Rydell from Fargo I had the pleasure to participate in a Fargo/Moorhead Chamber of Commerce panel discussing the beneficial impacts oil, gas and the lignite industry have had on our region. It is easy to take for granted their everyday importance. It is all too convenient to flip a light switch or fill at…

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    Myths of the Bakken – Is gas produced from all Bakken and Three Forks wells similar?

    By Kathleen Neset, President of Neset Consulting Service An interesting question – but gas from all Bakken and Three Forks wells is not the same. Similarly, wells throughout the Williston Basin that target and produce from the Bakken Oil System produce gas of different components and make up. Why is this important? Let’s first talk…

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    Drillers Take Second Crack at Fracking Old Wells to Cut Cost

    (Bloomberg) — Beset by falling prices, the oil industry is looking at about 50,000 existing wells in the U.S. that may be candidates for a second wave of fracking, using techniques that didn’t exist when they were first drilled. New wells can cost as much as $8 million, while re-fracking costs about $2 million, significant…

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    Recycling expert looks to turn waste from oil and gas operations into driving force for the industry

    Most people who work in the oil industry look at the muddy, black mixture of soil, rock fragments and drilling mud that make up drill cuttings and see a liability. They see a useless byproduct that incurs expensive disposal and treatment costs for exploration and production companies. Gary Beers sees a resource. Beers, an exploration…

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    February Newsletter: Companies recognized for safety & other achievements

      MONTHLY NEWSLETTER FOR FEBRUARY 2015     #TBT: Ditsworth leads oil tax protest (1953) In the spirit of #ThrowBackThursday, we’re sharing this photo from exactly 62 years ago. On this day in 1953, Neuman Ditsworth, then president of the Williston Board of City Commissioners, led a march of 300 other individuals on the legislature to protest a tax increase on the oil…

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    SM Energy North Rockies Employees Celebrate Contribution to Crosby’s Blue Line Club

    On Tuesday, February 3, SM Energy Company presented a check for $100k to Crosby’s Blue Line Club in support of Northwest Health and Wellness Hockey Arena. SM Energy employees and their families were on hand to celebrate the occasion. “Our company’s core values reflect our commitment to giving back, investing and being a part of…

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    Infographic: One Million Barrels

    When North Dakota surpassed 1 million barrels of daily oil production, it didn’t become just a national energy leader: it became a world energy leader. Read on to learn why this milestone is so significant.  

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    Infographic: Economic Impact

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    Infographic: Facts about Flaring

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    CONTRIBUTING TO OUR COMMUNITIES Our member companies and their employees are dedicated to the communities in which they live and operate. Whether it is through Energy of North Dakota programs, such as Pick Up the Patch! or Bakken Rocks CookFest or their own programs and foundations, companies strive to give back. Learn more or find out…

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    One Million Barrels – One Million Thanks

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    Tourism Opportunities Abound

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    NORM & TENORM: What is it?

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    TENORM: How It’s Handled

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    Wenzel: Too many holes in anti-pipeline arguments

    Boosters of the proposed Sandpiper pipeline project came to our office recently to tout what they say will be the many benefits to the region if the pipeline ever gets the go-ahead from the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission. Much of what the supporters said seems legitimate, but it was hard to resist noting that the…

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    Oil companies compete in Bakken blood drive

    The North Dakota Petroleum Council is working with United Blood Services to hold a Battle of the Bakken Blood Drive in western North Dakota. Oil companies will compete for $1,000 to be donated to a charity of their choice. Companies can recruit friends, family and members of the public to donate blood on a company’s…

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    Safety standdown in oil patch

    By Lauren Donovan McKenzie County has reputation for being where, statistically, more crash fatalities occur than any other county in North Dakota. There were 24 fatalities in the county, amounting to nearly 18 percent of the 136 statewide fatalities in 2014, according to the Department of Transportation. In response, county risk manager Jerry Samuelson is organizing…

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    From oil wells to eyelashes, wait — what?

    Danielle Wente | Shale Plays Media Very few associate 1860s oil wells with women’s smiling faces, but in an odd way they go hand-in-hand.  Or shall I say, eyelash-in-eyelash. It all began in 1865 when Robert Augustus Chesebrough, a 22-year-old chemist, decided to leave the oil fields of Titusville, Pennsylvania, and return to his laboratory in Brooklyn,…

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    January Newsletter: Introducing the norm of NORM

    MONTHLY NEWSLETTER FOR JANUARY 2015     UNDERSTANDING NORM AND TENORM – THEY’RE MORE NORMAL THAN YOU THINKPublic hearings on Technologically Enhanced Radioactive Material (TENORM) begin today. NORM and TENORM have been in the news a lot lately, but what exactly are they? Are they dangerous? Radioactivity sounds scary, but it’s really quite misunderstood and a lot…

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    December 2014: Energy of North Dakota Give Back this Holiday Season

    MONTHLY NEWSLETTER FOR DECEMBER 2014     A small portion of the toys collected for Toys for Tots during the Fuel Food and Fun Drive line the counters at the North Dakota Petroleum Council offices.YOU GET WHEN YOU GIVE The oil and gas industry gives tens of millions of dollars and countless hours of volunteer time each…

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    November 2014: Oil – it’s something to be thankful for this holiday

    MONTHLY NEWSLETTER FOR JULY 2014     INDUSTRY LAUNCHES “FUEL FOOD AND FUN” DRIVE The North Dakota Petroleum Council (NDPC) and its members are partnering with Toys for Tots and area food pantries to host the first Annual Fuel Food and Fun food and toy drive. The program will offer companies, their employees, families, clients and community…

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    October 2014: Adding value to North Dakota’s natural gas

    MONTHLY NEWSLETTER FOR OCTOBER 2014     VALUE-ADDED OPPORTUNITIES EXPAND OIL AND GAS IMPACT OUTSIDE THE BAKKEN This month there were some exciting announcements regarding value-added opportunities that have arisen from oil and gas activity in western North Dakota. Value-added opportunities are important to the state in diversifying our state’s economy and creating even more secondary or…

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    September 2014: Spotlight on service as giving back shines

    MONTHLY NEWSLETTER FOR SEPTEMBER 2014     Statoil sponsors Scandinavian Youth Camp at Norsk Høstfest It’s no secret many North Dakotans are proud of their Scandinavian heritage, which has to make Statoil, a Norway-based oil company operating in the Bakken, feel right at home. This year, the company was once again a major sponsor for North America’s…

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    July 2014: Volunteers in Partnership help Lignite remodel its city park

    MONTHLY NEWSLETTER FOR JULY 2014     ENBRIDGE HELPS RESTORE LIGNITE CITY PARK This Fourth of July, the small community of Lignite in Burke County had the perfect place to celebrate our nation’s independence: their newly renovated city park. Thanks to the help of about 30 volunteers and a whole lot of care and devotion, the Lignite…

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    Animation of Hydraulic Fracturing

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