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North Dakota oil refinery about 3/4 constructed

North Dakota oil refinery about 3/4 constructed

DICKINSON, N.D. — Construction of an oil refinery near Dickinson is about three-fourths complete, and most of the jobs that will be created th…

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Bakken oil train derails in Seattle rail yard; no spill

SEATTLE — Nothing spilled when three tanker cars in an oil train from North Dakota derailed at a rail yard early Thursday, but it alarmed envi…

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Public wasn't alerted of industrial fire for 6 hours; concerns raised

Public wasn't alerted of industrial fire for 6 hours; concerns raised

WILLISTON, N.D. — A more efficient system must be established to alert residents of danger in North Dakota's booming oil patch, an emergency m…

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Man sentenced to 4 years, 9 months on federal drug charges

Man sentenced to 4 years, 9 months on federal drug charges

A Fairview man who sold methamphetamine and other drugs to an undercover agent will spend 57 months in federal prison.

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Thousands of rail cars would be phased out under crude oil rules

Thousands of rail cars would be phased out under crude oil rules

WASHINGTON — Responding to a series of fiery train crashes, the government proposed rules Wednesday that would phase out tens of thousands of …

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Missing worker from Wyoming found in ND oil patch

DICKINSON, N.D. — A Wyoming man who went missing in the western North Dakota oil patch has been found.

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Officials: Williston fire burned chemicals; air OK

Officials: Williston fire burned chemicals; air OK

WILLISTON, N.D. — An emergency manager says this week's fire at a Williston oil field supply company likely burned dozens of different chemica…

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Massive industrial fire shuts down state highway, causes flight cancelations

Massive industrial fire shuts down state highway, causes flight cancelations

WILLISTON, N.D. — A massive fire at an oil supply company was burning itself out Tuesday afternoon, 12 hours after it began in an industrial p…

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Official: Saltwater spill cleanup could take years

Official: Saltwater spill cleanup could take years

WILLISTON, N.D. — The site where an underground pipeline leaked 1 million gallons of saltwater into the North Dakota badlands earlier this mon…

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More women looking for work in the oil industry

More women looking for work in the oil industry

WILLISTON, N.D. — A shift in the labor market has drawn more women seeking permanent work in the oil and gas industry of western North Dakota,…

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Gazette opinion: Dear federal government, just send help to Bakken

Gazette opinion: Dear federal government, just send help to Bakken

Dear Attorney General Eric Holder (and federal lawmakers),

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Man charged in North Dakota with masquerading as FBI agent

Man charged in North Dakota with masquerading as FBI agent

WILLISTON, N.D. — A convicted con man who swindled Nashville, Tenn., businesses out of five-star hotel rooms, stretch limousine rides, helicop…

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Drug offenses, assault surge in Bakken counties

Drug offenses, assault surge in Bakken counties

Drug offenses, assault surge

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Daines asks feds for specifics on 2014 drug enforcement strategy

Daines asks feds for specifics on 2014 drug enforcement strategy

Calling current federal drug-fighting resources in Montana insufficient, U.S. Rep. Steve Daines, R-Mont., is asking Attorney General Eric Hold…

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Bakken oil production up, flaring dips

Bakken oil production up, flaring dips

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota oil production ramped up by another 36,000 barrels per day in May, pushing daily production solidly above the 1 …

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Updated oil production numbers show more records

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota oil drillers produced an average of about 1.04 million barrels of oil a day in May.

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Public, industry weigh in on oil train safety

WASHINGTON — The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration is drafting regulations to improve the safety of rail shipments of cru…

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North Dakota regulators give OK to pipeline

BISMARCK, N.D. — A pipeline that will supply crude for a diesel topping plant under construction in southwest North Dakota was given the go-ah…

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N.D. boom town denies townhouse project

WILLISTON, N.D. — The Williston City Commission has rejected a plan to develop 73 townhouses in the oil boom town.

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Whiting to top Bakken oil firms in $6B Kodiak buy

DENVER — Whiting Petroleum Corp. said Sunday it is buying Kodiak Oil & Gas Corp. for $6 billion in stock, worth $13.90 per share, in a dea…

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Williston schools, churches adapt to growing Spanish-speaking population

WILLISTON, N.D. — When Jorge Lopez and his parents attended Sunday Mass at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, it was a complex experience.

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Guest opinion: BNSF works with local officials for public safety

At BNSF Railway, we take public safety seriously and understand that communities want to know what materials may be moving through their towns…

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Number of rail shipments of oil skyrocket in Wyoming

Number of rail shipments of oil skyrocket in Wyoming

Oil shipments were up 61 percent last year on Wyoming's two largest railroads, according to a Star-Tribune review of annual shipment data prov…

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N.D. regulator wants state to monitor oil trains

N.D. regulator wants state to monitor oil trains

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota should employ its own railroad safety inspectors to help the federal government monitor crude oil shipments comi…

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Lightning hits N.D. saltwater disposal site

WILLISTON, N.D. — An early morning lightning strike caused a fire at a saltwater disposal well near the northwestern North Dakota town of Ross.

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