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North Dakota fuel tax revenue drops with economic slowdown

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Fuel tax collections for North Dakota’s Transportation Department are tanking with fewer vehicles on the road due to the state’s economic slowdown, the agency’s director said Thursday. North Dakota has a 23-cents-a-gallon tax on motor fuel, which has not been raised since 2005 and is a nickel less than the national average. Each penny of North ...

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How one man’s vision will benefit the future of North Dakota

Frank Koch, North Dakota Gateway to Science

Do you often wonder how GPS works? What does it really look like in space?  Can thunder hurt me? How does hydraulic fracturing work? What’s the difference between spring wheat and winter wheat? Why do I have blue eyes? Children and adults alike encounter things every day that fill us with questions about how the world works. Bismarck State College ...

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$250 million wind farm dedicated in northern North Dakota

The North Dakota Public Service Commission will hold hearings regarding the proposed Stark County wind farm. (Image: Duke Energy via Flickr)

ROLLA, N.D. (AP) — Officials have dedicated a $250 million wind farm in northern North Dakota that was more than a dozen years in the making. Xcel Energy’s Border Winds Farm north of Rolla has 75 turbines spread across 30 square miles of farmland. It employs 11 people and can produce 150 megawatts of electricity — enough to power more than 78,000 ...

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Over 10K gallons of oil, produced water spill near Keene

oil and water

KEENE, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota officials say more than 10,000 gallons of a mixture of oil and produced water have spilled at a well site in McKenzie County. The state’s Oil and Gas Division says the incident happened Tuesday at a site about 10 miles southeast of Keene. Officials say the incident was caused by a “piping connection leak.” The ...

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Efficiency and innovation will keep the Bakken afloat

Bakken production, J. Christopher Giancarlo

U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D. cited North Dakota’s innovation and efficiencies in production as the reason the state will stay afloat amidst oil market uncertainty, WDAY reported yesterday. “Every organization that I’ve been involved in when they’re under stress, you have two option; you can either fold and go home or you can innovate and advance. The great news here is North Dakota’s ...

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Hearing set in Tioga on proposed $4.5 million oil pipeline

TIOGA, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota regulators have scheduled a public hearing in Tioga later this month on a proposed $4.5 million oil pipeline in Williams County. Hess North Dakota Export Logistics LLC is seeking a permit for the new Energy Transfer Partners Pipeline project. The proposed 12-inch diameter, 1.1-mile-long pipeline would transport crude from the Ramberg Truck Facility to ...

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North Dakota oil output increases 5,400 barrels daily in May

pump jack, north dakota oil production

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota’s oil production increased about 5,400 barrels a day in May, after dropping by about 70,000 barrels the month before. The Department of Mineral Resources says the state produced an average of 1.047 million barrels of oil daily in May. North Dakota’s production record was set in December 2014 at 1.22 million barrels daily. North ...

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Group advises North Dakota budget use lower oil projections

North Dakota, budget projections

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — An advisory group of North Dakota lawmakers, state officials and business leaders has recommended much lower projections for oil prices and production when crafting budgets. A dramatic drop in North Dakota tax collections due to depressed oil and farm commodity prices has North Dakota scrambling to make up for millions of dollars in potential shortfalls. State ...

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Judge approves deal in methane pollution lawsuit

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — An agreement between the U.S. government and environmentalists who sued over greenhouse gas emissions from federal oil and gas leases in Montana has been approved by a judge. U.S. District Judge Sam Haddon issued an order on Thursday finalizing the agreement. It allows drilling to proceed on two dozen oil and gas leases with only minimal ...

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