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    New pumping unit in TrainND

    By Melissa Krause [email protected] From the arid sands of Aztec, New Mexico, a new pumping unit has made a long trek to its new home at TrainND-Northwest. With an anticipated upswing of oil production in the coming year, XTO Energy has offered support of the area workforce by aiding  developmental programing efforts. To continue the…

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    ‘Secret Santa’ brings cheer to unpaid Bakken oil field workers

    Dozens of oil field workers who went unpaid when their employer went out of business in 2015 received something special in their stockings this holiday season. The Laborers District Council of Minnesota and North Dakota and Labors’ Union Local 563 announced that an anonymous donor tied to the state’s oil and pipeline industry has provided…

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    Ugly Sweaters for Wishes

    The weather may have been frightful on Saturday, December 17, but that’s not why things got ugly in Dickinson. Rather, it was because of the 90 people clad in their ugliest Christmas sweaters who took to the streets for the inaugural Ugly Sweater Pub Crawl. Sure to become a holiday tradition, the event was created…

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    Ron Ness: Science, law should prevail in DAPL approval

    BISMARCK—The debate over the Dakota Access Pipeline has become one that is centered almost entirely on emotion and politics rather than reason, logic or science, as was proven earlier this month when President Barack Obama refused to grant operators the final easement required to complete the project. That decision marked a disturbing day for America…

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    Spreading the warmth

    By Renée Jean [email protected] A coat and hat drive has turned into scholarship money for Williston State College, thanks to a little wintertime triple play that included a team effort by Watford-based E & M Services and the North Dakota Petroleum Council. The latter sponsored a coat and hat drive contest called Spread the Warmth…

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    A ringing response: Weatherford employees pitch in to raise money for Salvation Army

    By Melissa Krause [email protected] With red kettles to fill, the negative temperatures are not keeping the Weatherford staff at bay. The automatic doors at Cash Wise offered little buffer from the elements on Monday, but Denise Gustafson remained earnest in her efforts to motivate shoppers to part with their spare change to benefit the local…

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    Arthaud awarded University of Mary’s first Virtuous Leadership Award

    By Kalsey Stults, Dickinson Press Jim Arthaud started a three employee company in 1979 called MBI Energy Services. That company quickly became well known in the Bakken and quickly grew to become the largest independent oil field service provider in the Williston Basin. MBI is headquartered in Belfield but has locations across North Dakota, Colorado…

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    Stanford experts discuss legal and environmental challenges at Standing Rock

    Protestors against the Dakota Access Pipeline have raised legal and environmental challenges against the pipeline’s construction. Stanford experts explain the current legal status of the pipeline and discuss environmental implications. BY DEVON RYAN Since April, protesters have been in a standoff with law enforcement authorities over a planned underground pipeline that would transport crude oil…

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    Hoeven on Senate floor: Pipeline issue ‘needs to be resolved’

    Editor’s note: On Wednesday, Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., addressed the Dakota Access Pipeline situation from the floor of the U.S. Senate. The following is a full transcript of his remarks. * * * WASHINGTON—I rise to speak today and respond to comments from some of my colleagues on the Dakota Access Pipeline and the ongoing…

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    Bakken companies ready to show off their ugly sweaters

    Interview: Tiffany Steiner and Jackie Schmidt, MBI Energy Services, Dickinson, ND The two talk about holiday events in the Bakken focusing on the industry even, the Bakken Ugly Sweater Pub Crawl in Dickinson, ND. LISTEN NOW

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    Oil Patch Job Postings Increase Seen as Early Signal of Recovery

    By David Wethe, Bloomberg Job postings are returning to the U.S. oil patch as the global crude market continues to recover. In the five states where the crude industry carries the highest impact on the local labor market, the number of oilfield listings as a share of total work posts climbed 52.1 percent from August…

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    Editorial: World of oil welcomes Dakota Access Pipeline protesters’ return

    By Tom Dennis, Grand Forks Herald The world of wood is a great place to visit. But when a snowstorm whites out the North Dakota plains, the drifts start covering tents, and the temperatures plunge to frostbite-within-minutes levels, it sure is nice to have the world of oil to retreat to. Which sums up much…

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    Army Corps of Engineers Had Actually Recommended Dakota Access Pipeline Route Approval

    by COURTNEY KUBE and DANIEL A. MEDINA   A civilian leader in the Army made the decision to deny an easement to the controversial Dakota Access oil pipeline despite Army Corps of Engineers recommendations that it be granted, according to officials and a document. Because of the pipeline’s size — 30 inches in diameter —…

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    Alternate route raises questions for pipeline’s future

    By Renée Jean [email protected] The recent ruling by the Corps of Engineers to deny the easement for the Lake Oahe crossing and seek an alternate route for the Dakota Access pipeline raises issues that are troubling for future permitting processes, North Dakota’s Public Service Commission’s Chair says. Meanwhile, Energy Transfer Partners has said it will…

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