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    Western North Dakota energy service leaders, legislators optimistic after oil conference

    By Dustin Monke, Forum Communications BISMARCK–As the price of oil hovered around $50 a barrel last week, many western North Dakota oilfield and energy service companies turned to the Williston Basin Petroleum Conference to try to get a feel for where their industry is headed. Most said they now feel better about the future of…

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    ConocoPhillips Announces More Than $300,000 in Grants to Local Organizations

    ConocoPhillips announced the presentation of $303,800 in charitable grants to 14 organizations in the Williston Basin. This year’s grant recipients included area volunteer first responders, healthcare facilities, schools, natural resources/environmental initiatives and various other civic organizations. The largest of these donations was a $250,000 grant—the final installment of a four-year commitment totaling $1,000,000—to CHI St….

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    WPX Energy Donates $16,000 to Stark County Imagination Library

    “WPX Energy is proud to support the First Lady through the Imagination Library as it is a great program that promotes literacy in pre-school children,” said Brian Wold, WPX Energy’s Vice President of Williston Basin. “WPX’s sponsorship of this program deepens our commitment to the local communities where we live and work.”
    Tina Johnson, Dickinson-Stark County Imagination Library Committee said, “We want to thank WPX Energy for their support. Their generous donation will allow us to continue the Imagination Library program in Dickinson and expand it to all children ages 0-5 in Stark County.”

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    Hess Corporation Avoids Layoffs, Maintains Operations Despite Downturn

    By: Allyssa Dickert We’ve been hearing for months about declining oil production in the Bakken, along with layoffs and state budget shortfalls because of reduced tax revenues. What you might not have heard is that some companies are finding ways to survive and maintain operations while waiting for crude prices to go back up. Last…

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    Natural Gas Flaring at 9-Year Low

    KXNet.com – Bismarck/Minot/Williston/Dickinson-KXNEWS,ND  Oil companies are finding ways to cut down on flaring, even as natural gas production increases. According to a recent report, less than 10% of produced natural gas was flared in North Dakota. That’s for the month of March, the last month statistics are available. It’s the smallest percentage of natural gas…

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    ‘Great effort’ cleans up Highway 85

    The cleanup of Highway 85 from Bowman to Williston generated 1,800 bags of litter filled by hundreds of volunteers and taken to area landfills. The cleanup was delayed by spring rain, but when the skies cleared last week, volunteers went out in force, said project coordinator Cal Klewin, director of the Theodore Roosevelt Expressway Association. The…

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    Sally Jewell: ‘Keep it in the ground’ protests ‘naïve’

    President Barack Obama’s Interior secretary had some sharp words for the “keep it in the ground” movement Thursday. “It’s going to take a very long time before we can wean ourselves from fossil fuels, so I think that to keep it in the ground is naïve, to say we could shift to 100 percent renewables is naïve,” Jewell…

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    After the Boom: Those Who Stayed

    KXNet.com – Bismarck/Minot/Williston/Dickinson-KXNEWS,ND The Bakken oil boom hit North Dakota at precisely the time the rest of the country was suffering through an economic recession. People from all corners of the nation packed up what they could, and traveled north, seeking opportunity — any opportunity. After the boom, the Bakken still produces more than a…

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