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A Microsoft star seeks to run North Dakota

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A decade ago, then-Microsoft executive Doug Burgum stood before a cheering crowd at a technology conference in Dallas and introduced his boss, company co-founder Bill Gates, by describing what makes entrepreneurs successful. “Innovators are people who go against the grain” by taking risks and chasing dreams, said Burgum, who’d become a tech star in his own ...

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Top Eagle Ford news stories: May 27 – June 3

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Review the top Eagle Ford news stories, all in one place. Headlines this past week included details on the highest-paid CEOs in each state, OPEC’s inability to show resolve, and a new way to study energy production. 5. The highest-paid CEOs by state Here are the top-paid CEOs by state for 2015, as calculated by The Associated Press and Equilar, ...

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Top Bakken news stories – May 28 – June 3

Catch up on the news you missed last week with our weekly recap. Below are the top five articles that our readers found most engaging. Enjoy! 5. Interest in solar power soaring while utility seeks rate cut GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — Interest in solar power is soaring in Montana because of the state’s sunny skies and profit potential. But NorthWestern Energy, ...

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Colorado’s new, higher oil and gas fines are biting industry


DENVER (AP) — Colorado is imposing heftier fines on energy companies as the state struggles to resolve conflicts between growing cities and big oilfields at their doorstep, an Associated Press analysis shows. Regulators say the tougher penalties for breaking health, safety and environmental rules are prompting energy companies to be more careful. Others say it’s too early to call them ...

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Oklahoma Legislature closes $1.3B gap, finishes 2016 session

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Facing a historic $1.3 billion hole in the budget at the start of the year, the state Legislature managed to close the gap through a combination of agency cuts, tax credit reforms, fee increases and the use of one-time funding sources, including bonds. But many characterized the 2016 legislative session that ended last week as one ...

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Burgum’s business background promises prosperity for North Dakota

Doug Burgum

Doug Burgum’s commitment to community is moving statewide. The Fargo-based entrepreneur and philanthropist is running for North Dakota governor and promises to create an environment that’s welcoming to business. One area he will focus on is the energy industry. “Growing up, I was told we were going to run out of oil,” Burgum said. “There was an oil crisis shortly ...

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Possibility of Indian burial site stalls Dakota Access pipeline

Spectra Energy pipeline explosion

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The possibility of an American Indian burial site in northwest Iowa may require relocation of a crude oil pipeline route and delay the beginning of construction in Iowa, the only one of four states where work hasn’t begun. The Dakota Access pipeline passes through the Big Sioux Wildlife Management area in Lyon County, traditional homeland ...

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Iowa Utilities Board to meet Wednesday on pipeline project

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Utilities Board has called a meeting for Wednesday to consider allowing construction to begin on an oil pipeline in areas outside federal jurisdiction. Houston-based Dakota Access LLC wants to begin digging the Iowa portion of a 1,150-mile pipeline from North Dakota to Illinois. Construction has begun in North Dakota, South Dakota and Illinois ...

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Uncharted waters: Restoring deep Gulf fouled by BP spill

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Far offshore and a mile deep in the dark world below the Gulf of Mexico’s gleaming surface, the catastrophic BP oil spill of 2010 did untold damage on the ocean floor. But scientists are unsure they can do much to heal places in the deep that were hurt the most as they undertake what’s being called ...

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