North Dakota

7:00am

Wed July 30, 2014
Energy

Oil Overtakes Ag As North Dakota's Economic Breadwinner

A drill rig outisde of Williston, North Dakota pictured in 2011.
Lindsey Gira Flickr - Creative Commons

Farming and ranching have always been the biggest industries in North Dakota. But now, oil has knocked agriculture from the top spot. Mining – which includes oil – is now worth $8.5 billion dollars in the state. Agriculture is closer to 7 billion.

It’s a milestone for a state that had hardly any oil production 10 years ago, and the change has created some tension.

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5:00am

Wed July 16, 2014
Oil and Gas

Oil And Gas Glut Taxing The West's Pipeline Networks

The "pig trap" for a pipeline at a tank farm in Guernsey, Wyoming.
Stephanie Joyce Wyoming Public Media

In the first quarter of 2014, the United States surpassed both Russia and Saudi Arabia as the world’s largest oil producer. It already hit that mark for natural gas in late 2013. All of that oil and gas has to be transported from the fields where it’s drilled to refineries and processing plants.

Most of that is done by pipeline, but the nation’s pipeline infrastructure isn’t currently up to the task.

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10:40am

Mon July 14, 2014
Energy

North Dakota Pipeline Spills Over 1 Million Gallons Of Salty Wastewater Near Lake

Dead grass shows where saltwater has leaked out from an underground pipeline spill outside Mandaree, North Dakota.
Karolin Rockvoy

A leaky pipeline has spilled about 1 million gallons of saltwater near a North Dakota reservoir that supplies drinking water to the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation. The pipeline, owned by the Texas-based Crestwood Midstream Partners, runs along the shore of Bear Den Bay on Lake Sakakwea, a reservoir on the Missouri River.

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6:30am

Thu July 3, 2014
Oil and Gas

Colorado Ahead Of Peers In Charting The Public's Oil And Gas Health Complaints

A drilling operation with a nearby subdivision in the background near Mead, Colo., pictured in August 2012.
Jim Hill KUNC

2:09pm

Fri June 6, 2014
Oil and Gas

Crude Oil Rail Routes Won't Be Made Public

Tankers in a railroad yard in Wisconsin, pictured June 2013.
Randen Pederson Flickr - Creative Commons

The railroad industry is taking steps to avoid public disclosure of crude oil shipment routes, reports The Associated Press. The companies were ordered in May by the U.S. Department of Transportation to begin notifying rail yards and emergency responders when large shipments of Bakken crude were rolling through their communities.

Those disclosures are due to begin June 7. The companies have to reveal route details and the amount of oil carried in shipments of 35 or more tank cars.

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