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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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