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    XTO grants help fund equipment for first-responders

    By Renée Jean [email protected] Williston and other Bakken-area fire departments will be getting needed equipment and training, thanks to a series of grants from XTO, a subsidiary of Exxon Mobil Corp. In all, XTO gave $65,000 to various fire departments and emergency service organizations in the Bakken. “XTO would like to thank the emergency responders…

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    Breakthroughs are fueling the Bakken

    By Renée Jean [email protected] MINOT — Operators have been saying the Bakken is getting better and better, but North Dakota Department of Minerals Director Lynn Helms had the numbers to show it. Not only are today’s wells vastly superior to wells of even two years ago, Helms said, but they now have a lifespan that…

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    NDPC salutes stars of the industry

    By Renée Jean [email protected] Among the many big topics handled by big oil at the annual North Dakota Petroleum Conference this year in Minot, the industry took some time out to recognize four of its members for their work on behalf of the public and the energy industry. Kathy Neset, last year’s Hall of Fame…

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    CHI St. Alexius Williston seeing growth in births

    Nick Amatangelo, KUMV WILLISTON, N.D. – In February, we reported that while there might be a slowdown in oil, there is no slowdown in the number of babies being born in Williston. Nine and a half months into the year, that is still the case. CHI St. Alexius Williston saw its 600th baby born in…

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    The Alexander Public School Gets Well-Deserved Renovations

    The Alexander School in Alexander, ND has gone through many needed changes in the last year. It all began two years ago when school officials began discussing the need for school expansion. At the time they had brought in a modular classroom to house the 5th and 6th grade students. From there, a demographic study…

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    Betting on the Bakken’s future

    Continental shares forecasts and indicators for the Bakken field By Renée Jean [email protected] Continental Resources, the company that bills itself as America’s oil champion, came out swinging at the North Dakota Petroleum Council’s annual meeting, with a comprehensive look at oil’s future in the Bakken. Continental is one of the Bakken’s top 20 oil producers,…

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    NDPC DONATES $10,000 TO MULE DEER FOUNDATION’S HISTORIC BYRON RICHARDS RANCH PROJECT

    BISMARCK, N.D. – The North Dakota Petroleum Council today presented the Mule Deer Foundation (MDF) with a check for $10,000 for the Byron Richards Ranch project, a tract of about 22,000 acres of rugged terrain near Beach, N.D. that will be rehabilitated and enrolled into the North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s (NDGF) Private Land…

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    Help wanted: Fair highlights strong job market

    By Renée Jean [email protected] Oil jobs were flowing at the annual Fall Job Fair, with a line of companies that included Halliburton, Sunoco Logistics, Nuverra, MBI, Purity Oil, E & M Energy Services and more all saying they are seeing steady growth and need more people. “The darkest part is past,” suggested Samuel Gonzalez, director…

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    Oil and Gas Operators to Adopt New Technology to Help Curb Emissions

    New regulations handed down by the EPA have changed the way the oil and gas industry operates. A new technology may help North Dakota’s oil producers meet those rules, while cutting back on the impact industry has on the environment. Even with a cost around one hundred thousand dollars, the use of cameras is becoming…

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    Bakken Area First Responders Receive $65,000 from XTO Energy

    “This grant allowed us to purchase much-needed equipment for community CPR and AED [automatic external defibrillator] training for schools, daycare providers, law enforcement and assisted living homes,” Hafner said. “As North Dakota EMS agencies continue to face threats to our survival in rural communities, community-minded companies like XTO Energy are of great assistance in finding the funding necessary to continue operations.”

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    Gasoline prices prior to Labor Day lowest in 12 years

    The U.S. average retail price for regular gasoline was $2.24/gallon (gal) on August 29, the lowest price on the Monday before Labor Day since 2004, and 27¢/gal lower than the same time last year. Lower crude oil prices are the main factor behind falling U.S. gasoline prices. Lower crude oil prices reflect continued high global crude oil and petroleum product inventories and increased drilling activity in the United States.

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