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    Oilfield worker earns scholarship to continue education

    By Dustin Monke The Dickinson Press BISMARCK—Chad Schoch thought he’d work in the North Dakota oilfields for two years, at most. He wanted to roughneck, make and save money, pay off his bills, and then be out by the time he was 30. Six years later, the 34-year-old New England man is one of the state’s…

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    Williston’s new high school opens for first day

    WILLISTON, N.D. – After months of construction, Williston’s new high school opened this morning. For freshmen coming to high school for the first time, it can be a little daunting. “I thought ‘am I in the right place? There’s a lot of older people,” said Justin Palmer, freshman. Wednesday, it was almost like everyone was…

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    Full service provided with a message

    Patrons who pulled up to the pumps at Pinnacle in Stanley might have been a bit surprised Aug. 11 when greeted by employees offering to fill their tanks and wash their windows. It was “Throwback Thursday,” a day when Enbridge employees offered the long-gone full service at the pump as a way to spread the…

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    Oil patch schools see enrollment increases

    LAUREN DONOVAN AND BLAIR EMERSON Bismarck Tribune Watford City Public School opening bell rang Thursday with more students at their desks than when school ended, a surprise given the continued slump in oil development across the oil producing region. Superintendent Steve Holen said he has 1,445 students in school as of Monday, an increase of…

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    Richards, wildlife groups create biggest public access in North Dakota

    LAUREN DONOVAN Bismarck Tribune ICHARD ANGUS RANCH — Nate Harling and crew are pounding in more than 100 signs around the biggest public hunting access ever created in North Dakota. Those yellow PLOTS signs, which stand for Private Lands Open to Sportsmen, are a sight for sore eyes to hunters looking for a place to go…

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    Meet one of the Bakken’s energy stars

    XTO’s Emily Snooks talks about her company’s charitable giving campaign By Renée Jean [email protected] When she was a child Emily Snooks dreamed of being a symphony conductor, but the projects she orchestrates today are quite different. Snooks is XTO Energy’s public and government affairs manager, and handles parent company Exxon Mobile’s charitable giving in six…

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    MBI raises $34,000 for Make-A-Wish

    The Press staff, The Dickinson Press MBI Energy Services announced this week that it raised $34,000 in proceeds from its Bakken BBQ to support Make-A-Wish’s efforts to help local children suffering from life-threatening medical conditions. MBI presidented Daviney McKay, a Make-A-Wish kid from Golden Valley, with the ceremonial check. McKay received part of the proceeds…

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    New Stanley school ready

    The first day of school is approaching in Stanley, where elementary students will be greeted by a new $10 million addition. Stanley School District plans an open house for the two-story addition to give the public a chance to view the new spaces. The addition includes 11 classrooms, a new kitchen and administrative and main…

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    Rethinking pipeline reclamation

    By Renée Jean [email protected] Two radishes tell the tale. One was the size of a giant’s thumb. The other the size of a human child’s — stunted by compaction issues on a roadway built to install a pipeline. The radishes were passed around to a group of oilfield representatives touring pipeline reclamation studies at the…

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    NDSU Williston Research Extension Center presents reclamation research

    – Installing oil and gas pipelines is big business in the Bakken, and so is reclaiming the land that is disturbed during the process. North Dakota State University Williston Research Extension Center hosted oil and gas official Wednesday. It’s a topic on many minds in the agriculture and energy industries. “That reclamation does not happen by itself,” says…

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    U.S. frackers surprise themselves as tweaks keep adding barrels

    By Terry Wade and Ernest Scheyder HOUSTON, Aug 3 (Reuters) – Nimble U.S. shale oil producers continue to show an uncanny ability to squeeze more and more crude from new wells, allowing them to do more with less as they try to weather another dip in oil prices to $40 a barrel. Comments from Noble…

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    Enbridge puts on barbecue for United Way

    By Renée Jean [email protected]   It may not be a free lunch, but it is a chance to double your contribution to a worthy cause. For the past nine years, Enbridge has been putting on a barbecue for United Way, and the company will match the dollars raised from the event. “All the proceeds of…

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    Statoil announces $50,000 charitable fund for STEM education

    WILLISTON, N.D. – Statoil announced a $50,000 donation to the Northwest North Dakota Community Foundation, the first oil and gas company to support the newly created nonprofit. The contribution will establish the Statoil North Dakota Charitable Fund, which will initially support investments in K-12 science, engineering, technology and math education. The foundation is now accepting…

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    Union rep testifies in favor of new Hess pipeline

    By Kevin Killough A public hearing on a Hess-owned oil pipeline south of Tioga brought out only one public comment, which was in favor of the pipeline. The Public Service Commission of North Dakota held the hearing Tuesday of last week in order to get public input on the project, as part of the process…

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    July: Does Fracking Make My Wallet Look Big?

    MONTHLY NEWSLETTER FOR JULY 2016     BAKKEN ROCKS COOKFEST BROUGHT THE MEAT AND TREATS TO HUNDREDS An estimated 1,800 people came out to the 8th Annual Bakken Rocks CookFests despite the heat to take advantage of information sessions, live entertainment from area musicians and, of course, free BBQ and food served up by the industry’s best…

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    LETTER: Pipelines deliver jobs for workers and energy for all

    By Cory Bryson Shovels are in the ground for the Dakota Access Pipeline, a long-awaited, long-delayed pipeline that will carry 450,000 barrels of crude from North Dakota daily. In many ways, the pipeline took the place previously held by the Keystone XL as the focus of a political battle between environmental and industry groups, the…

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    Carbon capture technique could be a ‘gamechanger’

    By Renée Jean [email protected]   WILLISTON — Horizontal drilling was a big game-changer for the oil and gas sector, making tight oil plays like the Bakken economically feasible at a much lower price. The next game-changer on the horizon, however, might not be game-changing for just oil and gas. It could be a triple play…

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