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Hot and cold: Minnesota transportation tackles icy roads and oil-by-rail safety

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By Don Davis  ST. PAUL, Minn. — Fixing ice-cold roads and preventing red-hot railcars are Minnesota lawmakers’ transportation priorities. A House bill would provide $15 million to fill an abundant crop of potholes blamed on the severe winter, with another $20 million to repair and replace state snowplow equipment and fund unexpected snowplow expenses from this winter. The measure also would ...

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North Dakota cities among fastest-growing in nation

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By Forum News Service  WILLISTON – Several North Dakota cities are among the fastest-growing communities in the nation, with Williston leading the way as the fastest-growing micropolitan area, the U.S. Census Bureau said Thursday. Census population estimates show that Williams County grew 10.7 percent between July 1, 2012, and July 1, 2013, faster than any other county in the nation. Dickinson ...

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Opposition to saltwater disposal well near north unit on docket

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 By Lauren Donovan The Badlands Conservation Alliance opposes a permit application that will be heard Thursday to place a saltwater disposal well less than a mile from the boundary of the Theodore Roosevelt National Park north unit. Alliance spokeswoman Jan Swenson said the proposed disposal well is the most egregious example of oil development near the park yet, even though there ...

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Officials investigating oil rig fire near Watford City

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By Amy Dalrymple WATFORD CITY – Inspectors are investigating an oil drilling rig fire that occurred near here Tuesday afternoon that resulted in one worker’s injury, officials said Wednesday. Authorities responded to a report of a rig explosion at 4:16 p.m. Tuesday at a Nabors Drilling rig on a Whiting Petroleum location, the McKenzie County Sheriff’s Office said. When responders arrived, ...

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Bakken Briefings

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Changing Ray The city of Ray could look very different in five years. City Planner Brent Moore has been working with Ray’s Planning Commission over the past six months to develop a comprehensive plan, with the highway corridor and Main Street targeted as growth areas. Moore said comprehensive plans focus on a design for growth rather than how any specific ...

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Fire reported at drilling rig near Watford City

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By Lauren Donovan A fire was reported Tuesday afternoon on a Nabors Drilling rig at a Whiting Petroleum oil well location near Watford City. Preliminary reports are that at least one worker was injured in the incident. Details were not immediately available. Department of Mineral Resources spokeswoman Alison Ritter said a department inspector was at the site Tuesday and more details ...

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The challenges of a hard winter

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By Jason Spiess for the Bismarck Tribune On February 9, 2011, it was 35-below zero, 35 mph winds and Patrick McGarry had never experienced anything like it. Wind and snow were not foreign elements to the Aspen, Colo., native, just not at the speed and scale of the Bakken. “My first day in the Bakken was quite memorable, I’d never ...

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Hess says Tioga gas plant expansion now online

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(Reuters) – Hess Corp began accepting North Dakota shale-derived natural gas at its Tioga plant expansion on March 23, and the full plant is now online, the company’s chief executive officer said on Tuesday. The plant was expanded so Hess could process excess natural gas produced at the state’s 10,000 oil wells as part of a plan to curb flaring. The plant expansion, which was under construction for ...

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‘A lot of fear’ about fracking

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The Texas oilman says that every time hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is discussed in the region, people present the “nightmare scenario.” “There is a lot of fear because people have told them, if they frack, they’re going to completely ruin our water system,” said Stan Sherrill, president of Shore Exploration and Production Corp. in Texas. “Nothing could be farther from ...

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Hillary Clinton to speak in Canada amid debate over Keystone

WINNIPEG, Manitoba — Hillary Rodham Clinton, who has so far avoided taking a position on the Keystone XL pipeline, is sure to face the issue again on Wednesday in a return to Canada as Congress considers approving construction of the contentious project backed by the United States’ northern neighbor. The former U.S. secretary of state was to headline events in ...

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