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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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