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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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