Bakken leads rig count increase

There are a lot of barometers we can use to measure the amount of activity taking place in the¬†oil field and which direction it’s heading, and one of them is the rig count; that’s the number of active drilling rigs working in North Dakota. And the news is slanting slightly towards the positive. Last month

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US rig count up 4 this week to 557; North Dakota gains 5

There’s no clearer indication of optimism in the oil market than rig count. Industry experts agree we’ll never get back to the numbers we saw at the peak of the boom because of continued gains in efficiency, but any news of growth is a welcome sign. The original story was published by the Associated Press.

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Appeals court says Iowa farmer may sue pipeline for crop damage

A court case in Iowa may set an important precedent for landowners. An appeals court ruled that a farmer leasing land has the right to sue a pipeline operator; the farmer believes the pipeline creates heat which drys the soil and reduces production.

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Wind developers urge Nebraska senators to streamline process

When it comes to wind energy, Nebraska has laws and regulations that make it tough for developers. As a result, they take their business to Oklahoma and Kansas.

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Hoeven: The Nation Could Learn from North Dakota

Speaking at the U.S. Energy Information Administration Energy Conference, Senator Hoeven noted the impact that well-formulated regulatory policy has had on the economic growth of North Dakota.

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Audi is Working to Change Energy with Synthetic Gasoline

Here’s a concept: oil-free gasoline. German automaker Audi has been working on it, and now they have a working recipe too.

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Utah Joins North Dakota & Others in BLM Lawsuit

  Utah has been joined Colorado, North Dakota, and Wyoming in a lawsuit against the Bureau of Land Management over new regulations on fracking that takes place on federal lands.

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Investigators Release records of fiery Casselton derailment

The final report from federal investigators into the 2013 Casselton/BNSF train derailment has been released. Get the details on the report from AP writer Josh Funk as published on Bakken.com.

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