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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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