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  • Feds say Eagle Ford and Bakken could lead to end of U.S. oil imports [by 2037]

    04/17/2014 8:32:55 AM PDT · by topher · 20 replies
    San Antonio Business Journal [via Texas Independent Producers and Royalty Org] ^ | Apr 10, 2014, 6:00am CDT | Sanford Nowlin -Reporter- San Antonio Business Journal
    Net oil imports to the United States could plummet to zero by 2037 because of booming production in South Texas’ Eagle Ford Shale and North Dakota’s Bakken Shale, a branch of the Energy Department projected in a new report.
  • North Dakota's 'heartbeat' abortion law is overturned

    04/17/2014 4:46:33 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 41 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 4-16-14 | James MacPherson
    BISMARCK, N.D. -- A federal judge on Wednesday overturned a North Dakota law that bans abortions when a fetal heartbeat can be detected, which can be as early as six weeks into pregnancy and before many women know they're pregnant. U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland said the law is "invalid and unconstitutional" and that it "cannot withstand a constitutional challenge." The state attorney general said he was looking at whether to appeal the decision by the Bismarck-based judge. North Dakota is among several conservative states that have passed new abortion restrictions in recent years, but abortion rights supporters called North...
  • Dark side of ND's oil boom: Meth, heroin, cartels _ all part of growing drug trade

    04/14/2014 9:57:30 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 30 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | 4-14-14 | Administration Propaganda
    WILLISTON, N.D. — The blood-drenched man had survived a brutal attack: Beaten with brass knuckles, shocked with a stun gun, slashed with a razor blade, then dumped 40 miles away in Montana, he staggered to a farmhouse for help. His path eventually led authorities back to a quiet backyard in this oil boom town. What they uncovered was a large-scale methamphetamine ring that had found a home in a state long known for its small-town solitude, its slow pace and peaceful pastures. The members of this violent gang were all relative newcomers to Williston. They called themselves "The Family," the...
  • Along North Dakota border, Minnesota businesses worry about minimum-wage increase

    04/09/2014 5:08:57 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 21 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 4-9-14 | Archie Ingersoll
    MOORHEAD, Minn. -- The minimum-wage boost that Minnesota legislators are expected to pass this week has restaurant and bar owners here wondering how the bill would affect their bottom lines in a border city already faced with tough competition from business-friendly North Dakota. At J.C. Chumley's in Moorhead, co-owner Josh Henstorf worries he would have to reduce employees' hours and raise prices, which may send customers to Fargo in search of a cheaper alternative. "I think it's going to do a lot more harm than good to the business, to the employees, to the end-users," Henstorf said of the wage...
  • Why you shouldn’t bet on higher natural gas prices

    04/06/2014 5:53:39 PM PDT · by thackney · 30 replies
    Stockhouse ^ | April 2, 2014 | Matt Badiali
    In January, 40% of natural gas production in North Dakota went to waste. You read that right. 400 million cubic feet of natural gas was lit on fire and burnt. But that's peanuts compared to how much total natural gas goes to waste every year in the U.S. And it's why I see natural gas prices being low this year... Longtime Growth Stock Wire readers know about the U.S.'s booming oil production in shales like North Dakota's Bakken and Texas' Eagle Ford and Permian Basin. Natural gas is a byproduct of oil production... And the shale plays are producing more...
  • North Dakota Is Most-Trusted State; Illinois Is Least

    04/05/2014 1:36:04 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | April 4, 2014 - 5:06 PM | (CNSNews.com Staff)
    The people of North Dakota put more trust and confidence in their state government than people in any other state, while the people of Illinois put the least. In polling done in June through September 2013, Gallup asked at least 600 people in each state this question: “How much trust and confidence do you have in the government of the state where you live when it comes to handling state problems—a great deal, a fair amount, not very much or none at all?” …
  • More ND oil will be railed with no US pipeline (Warren Buffet owns BNSF Railroad)

    01/23/2012 9:20:35 PM PST · by STARWISE · 23 replies
    AP/Yahoo ^ | 1-20-12 | James MacPherson
    Rail shipments of North Dakota crude to increase with decision to block Keystone XL pipeline ### North Dakota oil drillers increasingly will rely on trains to move barrels of crude to market after the Obama administration's decision to reject plans for a pipeline that would run from Canada to refineries on the Gulf of Mexico, state and industry officials say. "Pipelines are by far the safest and most economically efficient way to transport oil, but we are left with a limited number of options if pipelines are off the table," said Tony Clark, chairman of the North Dakota Public Service...
  • Texas producing 36 percent of US crude

    04/02/2014 6:55:02 AM PDT · by thackney · 23 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | April 1, 2014 | Ryan Holeywell
    Texas is producing about 36 percent of the country’s crude oil — three times more than any other state, according to the latest monthly figures from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Texas pumped nearly 2.9 million barrels of crude daily of the 7.9 million barrels produced nationwide in January, the latest month for which figures are available. The Gulf of Mexico produced about 17 percent, the second-largest portion, followed by North Dakota with about 12 percent of the U.S. crude. California and Alaska rounded out the top five crude-producing areas, each home to about 7 percent of the nation’s oil....
  • Five states and the Gulf of Mexico produce more than 80% of U.S. crude oil

    03/31/2014 12:40:35 PM PDT · by thackney · 9 replies
    Energy Information Administration ^ | MARCH 31, 2014 | Energy Information Administration
    Five states and the Gulf of Mexico supplied more than 80%, or 6 million barrels per day, of the crude oil (including lease condensate) produced in the United States in 2013. Texas alone provided almost 35%, according to preliminary 2013 data released in EIA's March Petroleum Supply Monthly. The second-largest state producer was North Dakota with 12% of U.S. crude oil production, followed by California and Alaska at close to 7% each and Oklahoma at 4%. The federal offshore Gulf of Mexico produced 17%. Total U.S. crude oil production grew 15% in 2013 to 7.4 million barrels per day. Texas...
  • Sage Grouse Rebellion

    03/30/2014 10:38:30 AM PDT · by george76 · 42 replies
    wsj ^ | March 11, 2014
    Will Obama use two small birds to limit oil drilling in the West? Almost half the land west of the Mississippi belongs to the federal government, including 48% of California, 62% of Idaho and 81% of Nevada. No surprise that the Obama Administration wants to control more. But the result could be to suppress the country's booming oil and gas development. In partnership with green activists, the Department of Interior may attempt one of the largest federal land grabs in modern times, using a familiar vehicle—the Endangered Species Act (ESA). A record 757 new species could be added to the...
  • How Conservatives Win

    03/27/2014 12:41:46 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 7 replies
    heritage.org ^ | 3/27/14 | Mike Needham
    It should come as no surprise The New York Times would bury news of a conservative victory over President Obama on page eight. The lead paragraph said it all: Senate Democrats, bowing to united House Republican opposition, dropped reforms of International Monetary Fund governance from a Ukraine aid package on Tuesday. The real question is whether this was merely a moment in time or a seminal shift in how congressional Republicans will approach future showdowns. And to be clear, future showdowns are inevitable if we are to achieve any conservative policy victories. Before going further, it is important to explain...
  • North Dakota wants you: New campaign seeks to fill 20,000 jobs

    03/20/2014 7:54:27 AM PDT · by barmag25 · 75 replies
    Yahoo/CNNMONEY ^ | 3/20/14 | Blake Ellis
    Looking for a job? North Dakota wants you. In a new recruiting campaign to be rolled out in May, the North Dakota Economic Development Foundation is aiming to fill more than 20,000 jobs -- ranging from truck drivers and oilfield workers to receptionists and food servers. North Dakota's huge oil boom has spurred thousands of job seekers to flock to the state for years now. In some cities, the population has quadrupled. Yet, the growth continues and companies are still so desperate for workers that the state is teaming up with oil giant Hess Corp. to launch an $800,000 campaign...
  • Pact reached to keep North Dakota's only abortion clinic open

    03/14/2014 6:37:01 PM PDT · by markomalley · 11 replies
    LA Times ^ | 3/14/2014 | Michael Muskal
    North Dakota and its only abortion clinic have resolved part of their dispute over the state’s new abortion law, meaning the facility will remain open. At issue was the requirement that physicians performing abortions have hospital privileges. The state and clinic agreed that doctors at the Red River Women's Clinic would maintain such privileges. The agreement was announced Friday by the state and the Center for Reproductive Rights, which assisted the clinic, located in Fargo. The stipulation ends a lawsuit over the requirement, which was included in the 2013 law and threatened to close the women’s health facility. The hospital...
  • Second woman comes forward in 'vampire trucker' kidnapping case

    03/14/2014 3:10:58 AM PDT · by markomalley · 7 replies
    WDAY ^ | 3/13/2014 | Emily Welker
    FARGO – A second woman has come forward to tell authorities she was a kidnapping and rape victim of the accused “vampire trucker” authorities arrested in November at Moorhead truck stop. Timothy Jay Vafeades, 54, appeared Wednesday in U.S. District Court here on kidnapping, child pornography and transportation for illegal sex charges filed in Utah. Kidnapping charges filed against him in Clay County District Court were dropped after the filing of federal charges. According to the case filed against him in federal court, a second woman came forward after seeing news reports of Vafeades’ arrest in Minnesota. She contacted the...
  • Growth in U.S. hydrocarbon production from shale resources driven by drilling efficiency

    03/11/2014 5:21:27 AM PDT · by thackney · 7 replies
    Energy Information Administration ^ | March 11, 2014 | Energy Information Administration
    The productivity of oil and natural gas wells is steadily increasing in many basins across the United States because of the increasing precision and efficiency of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing in oil and natural gas extraction. Many resource-producing basins are experiencing an increasing yield over time in either oil (Bakken, Eagle Ford, Niobrara) or natural gas (Marcellus, Haynesville). The geology of each oil and natural gas resource play is diverse, and individual rig or well performance can vary dramatically. However, drilling activity in U.S. shale plays is now generally producing greater quantities of oil and/or natural gas than in...
  • Workforce Housing in Oil, Gas as a Recruitment, Retention Strategy

    03/03/2014 5:30:50 AM PST · by thackney · 6 replies
    Rig Zone ^ | February 28, 2014 | Robin Dupre
    As the search for natural resources takes the industry to remote locations and developing areas – while creating thousands of new jobs and rapid economic growth – the demand for quality workforce housing intensifies. What was meant to be a temporary accommodation, has now become a permanent home for oilfield workers as the North American energy boom revitalizes cities throughout the region. The energy renaissance in North America has seen its working population swell by as much as 70 percent in certain regions, mainly driven by oilfield workers and those in fringe industries such as construction and transportation. “Many companies...
  • Bakken Crude, Rolling Through Albany

    03/02/2014 3:01:46 PM PST · by thackney · 14 replies
    New York Times ^ | FEB. 27, 2014 | JAD MOUAWAD
    ...a 600-foot oceangoing oil tanker called the Stena Primorsk left the Port of Albany on its maiden voyage down the Hudson River laden with 279,000 barrels of crude oil. It quickly ran aground on a sandbar. ...The ship’s outer hull was breached, but a second hull prevented a spill. Still, the interrupted voyage just 12 miles south of the port signaled a remarkable turnaround for the state’s capital. With little fanfare, this sleepy port has been quietly transformed into a major hub for oil shipments by trains from North Dakota and a key supplier to refiners on the East Coast....
  • Chart of the Day - The Exploding Labor Intensity of Shale Drilling

    02/26/2014 10:00:01 AM PST · by thackney · 4 replies
    Oil Pro ^ | 2/26/2014 | Joseph Triepke
    Since 2010, the phrase "rising service intensity" of unconventional drilling and completions has become a household term. What this refers to is the fact that more stages per well and longer horizontal laterals demand more of oil service contractors than ever before. More proppant, more frac fluid, more horsepower, more water, more infrastructure, more transportation, etc. Several other associated trends include more wells drilled per rig and rising service company revenues per rig. A phrase you don't hear as often is "rising labor intensity" of unconventional drilling and completions. But we would argue that this is just as important. Just...
  • Faces of the Boom: Nurses from Philippines give boost to Oil Patch health care

    02/23/2014 5:07:13 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 66 replies
    The Fargo-Moorhead Forum ^ | February 23, 2014 | Amy Dalrymple
    Lucy Meg Quinit, pictured Friday at Trinity Health in Minot, is one of a group of 86 nurses from the Philippines recruited to work in Minot.MINOT, N.D. – Filipino nurse Lucy Meg Quinit thought she and her family would miss home more as they adjust to a new life in North Dakota. But Quinit is among more than 80 nurses from the Philippines that Trinity Health in Minot has recently hired, and the new recruits have formed their own support community. “That’s one of the reasons we’re not getting so homesick,” said Quinit, who has worked for Trinity Health for...
  • Little oil town has nation’s highest rents

    02/21/2014 4:49:21 AM PST · by thackney · 20 replies
    Houston Chronicle via Fuel Fix ^ | February 19, 2014 | Cory Heikkila
    As far as big cities go, Houston isn’t so bad when it comes to renting a small apartment, according to a survey from Apartment Guide. That’s especially true when you compare prices against one surprising little town. The group lists the average monthly cost for a one-bedroom apartment in Houston at $817. Compare that to Los Angeles, where you’ll pay an average of $1,411 for the same dwelling. In the New York area, you can expect that to cost around $1,500. But those aren’t the highest rent costs in the country. That honor goes to Williston, N.D., where the average...
  • #FREEREID: Rogers (MN) student suspended over tweet (10 week suspension)

    02/17/2014 2:41:12 PM PST · by maggief · 38 replies
    KMSP ^ | February 17, 2014 | Paul Blume
    ROGERS, Minn. (KMSP) - The student body at Rogers High School has Reid Sagehorn's back. "He's got the whole school behind him. We all believe this isn't right," junior Cole Murray said. Sagehorn is a big man on campus. He's smart, good looking, captain of the football and basketball teams, a National Honor Society member with a 3.75 grade point average and plans to attend North Dakota State University in the fall. However, a certain Twitter conversation has banned him from school. An anonymous tweet was posted suggesting Sagehorn may have made out with a young, attractive gym teacher at...
  • North Dakota Leads in Job Creation for Fifth Straight Year: Rhode Island has lowest Job Creation

    02/12/2014 7:15:47 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Gallup ^ | 02/12/2014 | Lydia Saad
    For the fifth consecutive year, North Dakota topped all other states in employee perceptions of job creation at their workplaces in 2013, as measured by the Gallup Job Creation Index. North Dakota's +40 index score easily surpasses the District of Columbia's and South Dakota's second-place +30 scores. Rhode Island workers saw the least job creation, with a +12 score. Gallup's Job Creation Index is a measure of net hiring, determined by asking full- and part-time U.S. workers, aged 18 and older, whether their employer is hiring new people and expanding the size of its workforce, not changing the size of...
  • If you still have doubts about the shale revolution's impact on the economy, look at this map

    02/11/2014 10:07:30 AM PST · by thackney · 10 replies
    Oil Pro ^ | 2/10/2014 | Gary Searles
    Take a look at where the "green" regions are. That's right, precisely where the shale revolution is picking up pace- primarily the Bakken, Eagle Ford, and Marcellus Shale Plays, is where you see increases in median household income from 2007 to 2012. Indeed, the oil and gas industry continues to be an important part of economic recovery.
  • Predator Drone Used to Arrest American Ranch Family

    02/06/2014 6:02:36 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 37 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | February 6, 2014 - 1:27 PM | Barbara Boland
    A Predator drone designed to catch terrorists in Afghanistan was used to track a recalcitrant North Dakota rancher and his sons accused of cattle thieving and monitor them to see when they were unarmed and alert the police in a case believed to be the first where an American citizen was arrested with the aid of a drone. On Jan. 14, 2014, Rodney Brossart was acquitted of stealing cattle and criminal mischief, but convicted of terrorizing police (a conviction he is appealing) and sentenced to three years in prison with all but six months suspended. This all stems from an...
  • BNSF to invest $5 billion in its railroad in 2014

    02/06/2014 5:28:13 AM PST · by thackney · 10 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | February 5, 2014 | Associated Press
    BNSF plans to invest $5 billion in its railroad this year, including $900 million to expand capacity in the Northern Plains where crude oil shipments are surging. The railroad said Tuesday its 2014 spending plan is roughly $1 billion higher than last year. BNSF says it’s responding to significant volume growth. Some projects should help alleviate congestion near the booming Bakken oil field in North Dakota and Montana...
  • Broad Coalition Backs Keystone XL Oil Pipeline

    02/05/2014 10:44:11 AM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 16 replies
    Associated Press via ABC ^ | February 4, 2014 | By MATTHEW DALY
    An unusual coalition of lawmakers from both parties, labor and business leaders, veterans groups and Canada's ambassador to the United States joined forces Tuesday to push for quick approval of the Keystone XL oil pipeline. Five Democrats joined Republicans at a Capitol news conference to urge President Barack Obama to approve the pipeline following a State Department report last week that raised no major environmental objections. The $7 billion pipeline would carry oil from tar sands in western Canada to refineries along the Texas Gulf Coast. The project has lingered for more than five years and has become a symbol...
  • Oil from North Dakota improperly classified, officials say

    02/05/2014 4:32:42 AM PST · by thackney · 40 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | February 4, 2014 | Associated Press
    Government investigators have found crude oil being transported from North Dakota’s Bakken region was misclassified in samples taken from 11 out of 18 truck shipments en route to rail loading stations, federal transportation officials said Tuesday. Hazardous materials shipments are supposed to be classified into one of nine categories depending on the risk involved. If the materials are misclassified, they could wind up being shipped in less protective rail tank cars and emergency personnel might follow the wrong protocols when responding to a spill. The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration said it has proposed fining three companies involved in...
  • Keystone Pipeline to Be Built Because There’s No Reason Not To

    01/31/2014 3:35:36 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | Jonathan Chait
    The State Department today released its long-awaited environmental impact analysis of the Keystone XL pipeline. The analysis is key because President Obama announced last summer he would not approve the pipeline unless it was found to have no significant impact on climate change. And that’s what the analysis finds. It argues, as many other analysts have concluded, that if we block the pipeline, Canada will just ship the oil out by rail. So, what public policy reason is there to block the pipeline? There really isn’t one. Indeed, the environmentalists' obsession with Keystone began as a gigantic mistake. Two and...
  • Keystone pipeline clears hurdle

    01/31/2014 1:53:51 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 30 replies
    January 31, 2014, 03:09 pm Keystone pipeline clears hurdle By Laura Barron-Lopez The controversial Keystone XL pipeline cleared a major hurdle on Friday as the State Department ruled the project wouldnÂ’t significantly increase greenhouse gas emissions. The finding puts the pipeline one step closer to approval, and sets up a new battle between environmental groups and oil companies over whether the project is in the national interest. The Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on the project reiterates key parts of a draft analysis released early last year, finding that oil sands extraction would continue regardless of whether the pipeline is built....
  • The dirty little secret on Sage Grouse ( Montana and )

    01/30/2014 9:56:26 PM PST · by george76 · 24 replies
    Clark Fork Valley Press ^ | January 29, 2014 | Schwaderer
    It’s no coincidence that sage grouse habitat also happens to intersect both the largest untapped coal deposits in the country as well as large parts of the Bakken oil field. It’s clear the primary motivation to focus on sage grouse for ESA listing is to provide yet another tool for special interest groups to block energy development. And in this obstructionist toolbox, there’s no heavier sledgehammer than the Endangered Species Act. What an interesting irony, then, that so much effort is going into “protecting” one bird from energy development, when the Obama administration is turning a blind eye to hundreds...
  • Predator drone helps convict North Dakota farmer in first case of its kind

    01/28/2014 7:40:34 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 91 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | Jan 28, 2014
    <p>A North Dakota farmer convicted of terrorizing law officers two years ago is the first American to be sentenced to prison with the help of a Predator drone, Forbes reported.</p> <p>Rodney Brossart, who was accused at the time of stealing six cows from a neighbor, was arrested after a summer-long standoff in 2011. Authorities say Brossart family members refused to allow deputies on their farmstead and didn't show up for court hearings.</p>
  • Emails expose close coordination between EPA, Sierra Club and other lib environ activist groups

    01/23/2014 10:24:23 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 7 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | January 23, 2014 | Mark Tapscott
    Among Washington's most important but rarely covered realities is the daily close coordination among Democratic politicians, executive branch bureaucrats and the left side of the non-profit activism community. Emails obtained recently through a Freedom of Information Act request submitted to the Environmental Protection Agency by the Energy and Environment Legal Institute exposed a slice of that coordination in the campaign to stop construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. The emails show, according to Fox News correspondent John Roberts, "senior policy officials at the EPA working closely with environmental groups in what appears to be an effort to kill the pipeline."...
  • Bottom 5 States in (Liberal) Fiscal Condition: (Shortened title)

    01/20/2014 12:40:32 PM PST · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 20, 2014 | Mike Shedlock
    Inquiring minds are digging into a George Washington University paper on State Fiscal Conditions, a ranking of 50 states, by Sarah Arnett. PolicyMic Produced this Chart of State Fiscal Conditions based on the working paper. Highlights and Lowlights Let's return to the original working paper for some highlights and lowlights. At the bottom of the rankings are New Jersey and Illinois. New Jersey faces long-run solvency problems due in part to nearly 15 years of underfunding its state and local pensions. It has an estimated unfunded pension liability of around $25.6 billion as well as $59.3 billion in unfunded liabilities...
  • PwC Sees More Shale-Driven Growth in Transportation & Logistics

    01/17/2014 5:56:49 AM PST · by thackney
    Rig Zone ^ | January 16, 2014 | Matthew V. Veazey
    Abundant, low-cost energy courtesy of the shale revolution incentivizes chemical producers and manufacturers to shorten their respective supply chains and return production facilities to the United States. As a result, railroads, trucking companies, marine shippers and even airlines are well-positioned to enjoy new growth opportunities. So says PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), which recently released a study outlining how transportation and logistics companies should benefit from oil and gas production from shale plays. Key conclusions of the report, "Shale energy: A potential game-changer," include: In addition to moving greater volumes of crude oil from shale plays, railroads provide a flexible and cost-effective option...
  • Could US lose access to Keystone oil? Canada moves to Plan B

    01/15/2014 3:27:54 PM PST · by jazusamo · 31 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 15, 2014 | Dan Springer
    Where crude oil is concerned, Canada waits for no country. It doesn’t matter how wealthy or how friendly that country is -- or whether that country is the United States. With the Canada-to-Texas Keystone XL pipeline stuck in limbo on the U.S. side, Canada’s Energy Board recently gave a thumbs up to a $6.5 billion pipeline designed to carry 525,000 barrels of oil per day from the oil sands of Alberta to ships on the British Columbia coast. The final destination is most likely Asia. The development has the U.S. oil industry attacking the Obama administration over its drawn-out process....
  • Hoeven: Obama will approve Keystone

    01/12/2014 12:16:11 PM PST · by jazusamo · 37 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 12, 2014 | Laura Barron-Lopez
    Sen. John Hoeven (R-N.D.) said he thinks President Obama will approve the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. In the wake of multiple crude-by-rail train accidents in North Dakota -- leaving railcars ablaze and nearby residents at risk --Hoeven said on "Platts Energy Week" that the U.S. needs more pipelines. The U.S. needs pipelines "not only to improve conditions in terms of rail, but trucks," Hoeven said on Sunday. "With the Keystone pipeline, we'd take 500 trucks a day off our roads in western North Dakota." "So clearly pipelines are a part of the solution. But also we have to do everything...
  • Senate Dems deny last-ditch effort to restore military pensions; illegals’ tax refunds win out

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., blocked a last-ditch effort by Republicans Thursday to restore full military pensions. Their proposal would have been paid for by denying tax credits to undocumented immigrants. Pensions to retired and disabled veterans were cut last month in a budget compromise hammered out by Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wa., and Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., according to the Washington Free Beacon.
  • The Great American Oil & Gas Boom & the Future of Iran

    01/07/2014 8:43:59 PM PST · by ckilmer · 9 replies
    The Great American Oil & Gas Boom & the Future of Iran No country, No Nation, has ever added oil production capacity – yes ever – like the United States has in the past few years. America has gone from producing 5 Million barrels of oil per day in 2011 to over 7.5 Million barrels this past year; and will soon surpass 10 Million barrels of oil production domestically. It’s an incredible oil boom that will have a profound impact on the lives of ordinary Americans. By the time Obama leaves office, he will have presided over a country that...
  • Casselton North Dakota Train Wreck Shows Keystone XL Need

    01/03/2014 6:38:42 PM PST · by raptor22 · 11 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | January 3, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Energy Policy: An oil-laden train collides with another and bursts into flames in a small American town, proving why pipelines are safer and why environmentalist opposition to a pipeline from Canada is misguided. Casselton, N.D., had a near brush with tragedy after a train of tank cars carrying crude oil derailed, resulting in fiery explosions and a call from the town's mayor for a re-examination of how such fuel is transported across the United States. The railroad runs right through the middle of Casselton, a town of 2,400 people about 25 miles west of Fargo, and Mayor Ed McConnell said...
  • North Dakota poised for another hiring blitz

    12/31/2013 5:58:48 AM PST · by thackney · 62 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | December 31, 2013 | Simone Sebastian
    The Bakken Shale is driving another hiring surge in North Dakota, with one oil field services company planning to hire 300 new workers by the spring, according to the Bismark Tribune. Power Fuels, a subsidiary of major Bakken services company Nuverra Environmental Solutions, recently released a call for 300 new employees, the newspaper reported. And at least one local job search firm is bracing for a jump in openings. Employees are needed in various fields, from truck drivers to human resources to gas plant workers, the report noted, though the biggest needs are for well operators and wellhead pumpers. “We’re...
  • Fiery train derailment leads to evacuation

    12/30/2013 6:57:38 PM PST · by Vince Ferrer · 36 replies
    nypost.com ^ | December 30, 2013 | Associated Press
    CASSELTON, N.D. — A mile-long train carrying crude oil derailed just a mile before it would have cut through the heart of a small North Dakota town, shaking residents with a series of explosions that sent flame and black smoke skyward. No one was hurt, but officials were evacuating as many as 300 people as a precaution. Casselton Train Derailment
  • Train Derailment West of Casselton [ North Dakota ]

    12/30/2013 1:43:04 PM PST · by george76 · 18 replies
    KVLY ^ | Dec 30, 2013 | Ben Holbert
    BREAKING NEWS: A train is derailed west of Casselton, North Dakota. It happened at 35th Street and 154th Avenue Southeast just before 2:20 p.m. Monday. Several area emergency teams are on scene and are setting up an incident command center. A viewer who is about a half mile from the derailment tells Valley News Live she can see large flames. Several train cars are on fire and huge plumes of black smoke can be seen for miles. Emergency crews are urging people to stay inside and a code red alert has been sent out to residents in a two mile...
  • Continental basks in shale glory

    12/28/2013 6:49:28 PM PST · by ckilmer · 18 replies
    gulfnews ^ | 12:54 December 28, 2013 | Ed Crooks
    Continental basks in shale glory The company leads production of the Bakken shale of North Dakota and Montana The US shale revolution is “the best thing going on in the world since the computer chip”, says Harold Hamm, chairman and chief executive of Continental Resources. “Look at what’s going on today, how the world’s changing. It’s the best thing for America, in my opinion, in 40 years. It’s completely transformative.” No one embodies that transformation better than Hamm. Continental, which has its origins in a company he founded back in 1967, is now the leading producer in the Bakken shale...
  • Native Americans Protest Eagle Deaths at Wind Farms

    12/28/2013 5:21:06 PM PST · by Libloather · 42 replies
    Heartland ^ | 12/26/13 | H. Sterling Burnett
    **SNIP** The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI), the oldest and largest national organization of tribal governments, along with attorneys representing the Osage Nation and 20 Arizona tribes, met with the White House to discuss the FWS’ eagle “take” rules. After the meeting, the NCAI passed a resolution accusing the administration of failing to consult meaningfully with tribes while pursuing a rule to lengthen eagle take permits for wind farms from five to 30 years. The resolution said eagle permits should not be issued without the consent of affected tribes. **SNIP** Wind farms must be located where the wind blows...
  • Why North Dakota's Oil Future Just Got Brighter

    12/23/2013 5:24:18 AM PST · by thackney · 20 replies
    Oil Price ^ | 22 December 2013 | Daniel J. Graeber
    U.S. Sens. John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp, bipartisan leaders from North Dakota, said the oil boom in their state just got louder with the passage of the Bureau of Land Management Streamlining Act. "There are currently about 525 permits awaiting approval," Hoeven said in a statement. "This [act] will help us to alleviate the backlog and other delays that are costing us jobs and economic growth." North Dakota is one of the premier oil-producing states in the country. The Bakken and Three Forks formations, which are positioned dominantly in the state, hold a combined 7.3 billion barrels of oil, according...
  • North Dakota to Let Man in Same-Sex Marriage Wed Woman, Too (Bigamy OK'ed)

    12/17/2013 10:30:09 AM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 55 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 16 Dec 2013 | Frances Martel
    North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem filed a legal opinion last week confirming that the state does not recognize out-of-state same-sex marriages, allowing a man married to another man to come to North Dakota and marry a woman without divorcing his husband. [snip] Presented with a legal hypothetical, Attorney General Stenehjem answered three questions: whether someone in a same-sex marriage in another state can also receive a marriage license to someone of the opposite sex in North Dakota, whether they can file legal documents as "Single" when they possess a same-sex marriage license in another state, and whether this would...
  • Finishing touches, NDPC flaring task force to submit recommendations to NDIC in January

    12/17/2013 5:19:15 AM PST · by thackney · 7 replies
    Bakken Petroleum News ^ | Week of December 15, 2013 | Maxine Herr
    The North Dakota Petroleum Council, NDPC, flaring task force is putting finishing touches on its recommendations to reduce flaring in the state. In September, Gov. Jack Dalrymple requested the development of a task force to study the problem and provide some solid solutions to the North Dakota Industrial Commission. The task force will present its findings at the Jan. 29 commission meeting. Task force Chairman Eric Dille of EOG Resources told Petroleum News Bakken that the task force had hoped to present at the Dec. 19 Industrial Commission meeting, but the technical subcommittee has some recommendations that needed further review....
  • North Dakota oil rail shipments expected to spike

    12/13/2013 5:20:01 AM PST · by thackney · 21 replies
    AP via Fuel Fix ^ | December 13, 2013 | James MacPherson
    The percentage of North Dakota oil shipped by rail will likely jump significantly in the next year as producers increasingly turn to trains to reach U.S. refineries where premium prices are fetched, the state’s top oil regulator told lawmakers Thursday. Lynn Helms, director of the Department of Mineral Resources, told the Legislature’s Government Finance Committee that he expects as much as 90 percent of the state’s crude will move by rail in 2014, up from about 60 percent at present. North Dakota, the nation’s No. 2 oil producer behind Texas, is on pace to surpass 1 million barrels daily early...
  • It’s time to delist all wolves

    12/03/2013 12:44:44 PM PST · by george76 · 54 replies
    Capital Press ^ | November 14. 2013
    Past experience in Idaho, northeastern Oregon and Washington state illustrate that it's time to take gray wolves completely off the federal list of endangered species. The West’s wolf problem started in 1995 and 1996. That’s when 66 wolves from Canada were reintroduced in Idaho and Yellowstone National Park. Those wolves multiplied and spread into Wyoming, Utah and Oregon. They also took up residence in Washington state and Montana, where other wolves from Canada already lived. Today at least 1,674 wolves live in 321 packs within the region, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. That’s in addition to the...
  • US oil producers rise in ranking of world’s largest

    11/27/2013 4:53:48 AM PST · by thackney · 4 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | November 27, 2013 | Simone Sebastian
    State-owned energy giants and international majors continue to top lists of the world’s largest oil companies. But the U.S. shale revolution is beginning to make a mark, as U.S. independent oil and gas producers rise in the ranks. Energy Intelligence has released its list of the world’s 100 largest oil and gas companies, with several independents — including Houston-based Anadarko Petroleum and Apache Corp. — making among the biggest gains. The annual ranking is based on the prior year’s reserves, production, refined product sales and refinery distillation capacity. Anadarko jumped two spots to No. 44 and Apache rose one spot...