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North Dakota's New Oil Train Safety Checks May Fall Short

Reuters | Posted 03.31.2015 | Green

By Patrick Rucker WASHINGTON, March 31 (Reuters) - New regulations to cap vapor pressure of North Dakota crude fail to account for how...

TransCanada To Seek U.S. Approval For Another Pipeline

AP | By BLAKE NICHOLSON and JAMES MacPHERSON | Posted 04.21.2015 | Green

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The Canadian company behind the long-delayed Keystone XL oil pipeline will seek U.S. government approval for another pipeline ...

Spill From Oil Drilling In North Dakota Is Worst In Years

AP | REGINA GARCIA CANO | Posted 03.23.2015 | Green

Cleanup is underway after nearly 3 million gallons of brine, a salty, toxic byproduct of oil and natural gas production, leaked from a pipeline in wes...

North Dakota Tribe To Drill Own Oil Wells

AP | JOSH WOOD | Posted 01.02.2015 | Green

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — The Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation is planning to drill the first tribe-owned oil wells on its North Dakota reservation n...

Walrusgrams and Fracklands: Messages From Another Planet

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 12.13.2014 | Green
Tom Engelhardt

Between the two worlds, the one producing ever more fossil fuels amid a let-the-good-times-roll spirit of triumphalism and the one slowly melting down under the impact of what those fossil fuels release into the atmosphere, there sometimes seems no connection at all.

A Trip to Kuwait (on the Prairie)

Laura Gottesdiener | Posted 12.12.2014 | Business
Laura Gottesdiener

At 9 p.m. on that August night, when I arrived for my first shift as a cocktail waitress at Whispers, one of the two strip clubs in downtown Williston, I didn't expect a 25-year-old man to get beaten to death outside the joint. Then again, I didn't really expect most of the things I encountered reporting on the oil boom in western North Dakota this past summer.

EPA Expanding Crime Division As North Dakota's Oil Sector Booms

AP | JOSH WOOD | Posted 10.22.2014 | Green

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency's law enforcement arm has opened an office in Bismarck so that it will have a bigger pres...

Major Oil-Producing State Seeks To Reduce Flaring

AP | JAMES MacPHERSON | Posted 09.01.2014 | Green

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota regulators have adopted the most stringent rules to date aimed at reducing the amount of natural gas that is burn...

Tribes Warn Of Oil's Environmental Impact

AP | By JOSH WOOD | Posted 06.24.2014 | Green

NEW TOWN, N.D. (AP) — Leaders of North Dakota's Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara nations say that while they are thankful for the money that oil has brou...

EPA Head Visits North Dakota At Senator's Request

AP | JAMES MacPHERSON | Posted 03.01.2014 | Green

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The head of the Environmental Protection Agency faced tough crowds Friday during stops in North Dakota, where coal and ethanol...

Why Does North Dakota Law Require Top Oil Regulator To Also Promote It?

AP | JAMES MacPHERSON | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Leading North Dakota Democratic lawmakers want the state's top oil regulator to quit encouraging oil development and focus sol...

Republican Calls For Oil Boom Slowdown After Train Crash

Reuters | Posted 03.06.2014 | Green

By Alicia Underlee Nelson FARGO, North Dakota, Jan 3 (Reuters) - A prominent North Dakota Republican has called for a slowdown in the ...

All Of North Dakota's Oil Spills Will Soon Be On One Website

AP | JAMES MacPHERSON | Posted 12.02.2013 | Green

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — It took nearly two weeks for North Dakota officials to tell the public about an autumn pipeline rupture that caused more than ...

In Number 2 Oil State, Hundreds Of Oil Spills Not Reported To The Public

AP | JAMES MacPHERSON | Posted 10.28.2013 | Green

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota, the nation's No. 2 oil producer behind Texas, recorded nearly 300 oil pipeline spills in less than two years, st...

Oil Company Detected Anomalies Before 20,000 Barrel Spill

Reuters | Posted 12.18.2013 | Green

Oct 17 (Reuters) - Tesoro Logistics LP on Thursday said it detected anomalies during an inspection of its 20-year-old North Dakota pipeline days bef...

North Dakota Oil Spill Estimates 'A Guess' At Best

AP | By JAMES MacPHERSON | Posted 12.16.2013 | Green

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota officials are trying to determine if Tesoro Corp. knew about potential problems — including one deemed "serious...

Were Native American Tribes Cheated Out Of More Than $1 Billion?

Posted 02.25.2013 | Green

ProPublica's Abrahm Lustgarten reports: Native Americans on an oil-rich North Dakota reservation have been cheated out of more than $1 billion by s...

Joe Van Brussel

A Young Entrepreneur's Idea In The Boom Economy Of The Bakken Oil Patch | Joe Van Brussel | Posted 11.30.2012 | College

In the Williston area of North Dakota, where the unemployment rate was recently reported at one percent and job openings outnumbered the jobless 10 to...

Dems Challenge GOP Mapping Skills

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 09.08.2012 | Politics

North Dakota Democrats are criticizing the state's Republican Congressman Rick Berg over claims he supported expanding Highway 2 from two lanes to fou...

North Dakota Board Seeks Advice On Oil Tax Investment Options

AP | DALE WETZEL | Posted 10.24.2012 | Green

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A state board agreed Thursday to hire a consultant for advice on how to invest a rapidly growing, $500 million North Dakota oi...

The Dakotas' Sibling Rivalry Flares Over Oil

AP | JAMES MacPHERSON | Posted 09.18.2012 | Green

BUFFALO, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota has the four famed faces of Mount Rushmore, a few more pheasants than North Dakota and the world's only corn palac...

John Celock

After Economic Boom, What Will Be North Dakota's Next Move? | John Celock | Posted 07.11.2012 | Politics

The federal government's rural development agency released a report Wednesday outlining a series of recommendations for North Dakota in the wake of th...

What Stinks? Oil Boom Brings Litter Problem

AP | JAMES MacPHERSON | Posted 05.26.2012 | Green

TIOGA, N.D. -- Along the wide-open expanses and rolling prairie of western North Dakota surrounding the state's booming oil patch, all sorts of bizarr...

Colo. Company Proposes Oil Pipeline In North Dakota

AP | JAMES MacPHERSON | Posted 04.17.2012 | Denver

BISMARCK, N.D. — A Colorado company is seeking shipping commitments from oil producers to use a proposed pipeline that would move 150,000 barrel...

North Dakota Oil Boom Helping To Push Seniors Out

AP | JAMES MacPHERSON | Posted 01.14.2012 | Business

WILLISTON, N.D. — After living all of her 82 years in the same community, Lois Sinness left her hometown this month, crying and towing a U-Haul ...