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After close call in home state, Illinois senator takes closer look at Bakken oil shipping

WILLISTON, N.D. – As six members of Congress rode the rails in northwest North Dakota on Monday to learn more about how Bakken crude is produced and transported, the topic hit especially close to home for one in the group.

Minnesota Public Utilities Commision sets outline for Sandpiper pipeline route process

ST. PAUL - The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission on Monday released expected guidelines for the process for approving a route for Enbridge Energy's proposed Sandpiper oil pipeline.

New EPA carbon rules 'very, very frightening' for ND coal

New EPA carbon rules 'very, very frightening' for ND coal

FARGO—North Dakota's lignite coal industry is reeling under regulations announced Monday that would require reductions of carbon emissions of up to 45 percent by 2030.

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Grand Forks oil expo showcases some cost-saving measures while prices remain low

Grand Forks oil expo showcases some cost-saving measures while prices remain low

Some oil and gas-related companies are finding some success during leaner times in their industry.

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Worthington-area electric co-ops complete acquisition of Alliant Energy Electric Service Territory

WORTHINGTON - Nobles Cooperative Electric and Federated Rural Electric, with 10 other electric distribution cooperatives, today completed the acquisition of Alliant Energy’s electric service territory in southern Minnesota. As a result, all southern Minnesota customers of Alliant Energy are now member-owners of their respective electric cooperative.

Stark County planning board approves wind data tower permit

DICKINSON, N.D.-The Stark County Planning and Zoning Board made a recommendation to approve a series of conditional use permits for the construction of three meteorological towers by NextEra Energy Resources on Thursday at its regular meeting in the Stark County Courthouse.

Senate energy panel votes to lift oil export ban

Senate energy panel votes to lift oil export ban

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate Energy Committee on Thursday narrowly passed a bill to lift a 40-year-old ban on the export of crude oil, but the measure faces an uphill battle in getting passed by the full Senate.

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ENERGY: Catching on to catching rays

ENERGY: Catching on to catching rays

Cooperatives, utilities install solar gardens for members

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Oil companies slash spending, jobs as prices tumble a second time

Oil companies slash spending, jobs as prices tumble a second time

HOUSTON - The stark reality of a much-feared second dip in crude prices is prompting global oil majors and nimble U.S. shale companies alike to ax spending once again a year after the first price crash started.

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U.S. oil firms turn to fracking mixology as crude slides again

U.S. oil firms turn to fracking mixology as crude slides again

WILLISTON -- U.S. oil companies, under renewed pressure from falling crude prices, are increasingly tweaking and mixing fracking technologies as they scramble to squeeze more out of wells and eke out profits after rounds of cost-cutting.

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Helms suggests tax breaks for enhanced oil recovery

BISMARCK -- Incentives, such as sales tax exemptions, might entice companies to utilize techniques for enhanced oil recovery and should be considered, according to North Dakota’s top oil industry regulator.

N.D. PSC expected to ink deal with feds for state-run rail inspection program

BISMARCK – North Dakota regulators have signed a deal with the Federal Railroad Administration that will allow the state to launch a rail safety program funded by the Legislature and proposed after a fiery oil train derailment near Casselton in 2013.

Conference brings the Bakken to Grand Forks

Conference brings the Bakken to Grand Forks

The sky above Brent Sanford's head isn't falling.

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Oil company gives $5 million for housing in Williston, Watford City and Killdeer

WILLISTON, N.D. – XTO Energy announced Monday a $5 million donation that will help provide affordable housing for teachers, police and other essential personnel in three of the state’s busiest oil communities.

Helms says drilling slowdown ‘not a bust,’ but will strain state revenues

BISMARCK – North Dakota’s top oil regulator says the current slowdown in oil drilling “is not a bust by any stretch of the imagination” but will put a strain on state revenues in the next two years.

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