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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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