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Tribes collect millions in oil revenue: Three Affiliated Tribes set to collect $184 million in revenue; money to be used for infrastructure

By Amy Dalrymple, The Fargo Forum NEW TOWN, N.D. — In less than one year, the Three Affiliated Tribes have collected $184 million in oil tax revenue, nearly equal to the amount collected during the entire 2011-13 biennium. The jump in revenue is primarily due to increased oil production at Fort Berthold, which now produces more than 270,000 barrels per day ...

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Rail safety effort marred by squabbling

By Joan Lowy, Associated Press WASHINGTON — Spurred by a series of fiery train crashes, a push by government and industry to make safer tank cars used for shipping crude oil and ethanol has bogged down in squabbling and finger-pointing over whether they’re needed and if so, who should pay. The Department of Transportation, worried about the potential for catastrophic accidents ...

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Oil and gas firm Sovereign to sue Broomfield over fracking ban

By Megan Quinn, Staff Writer for the Broomfield Enterprise Newspaper Oil and gas company Sovereign plans to sue Broomfield to bypass the city’s controversial, voter-approved ban on fracking. Sovereign planned in 2013 to drill new wells in Broomfield but was not able to because voters in November narrowly approved a ban on fracking. Sovereign argues that its drilling plans were illegally ...

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“Solar Summit” honors industry leaders, new funding program announced by White House

Zachary Toliver | Shale Plays Media Last Thursday ten local leaders from around the United States were acknowledged at the White House to commemorate great achievements in solar energy expansion. This summit is the latest initiative of the president’s Climate Action plan. The “Solar Summit” was the latest summit held under the Champions of Change program. The program honors Americans ...

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Oil and gas spill report for April 21

Worker cleaning up oil

Staff Report, The Greeley Tribune The following spills were reported to the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission in the past two weeks. Information is based on Form 19, which operators must fill out detailing the leakage/spill events. Any spill release which may impact waters of the state must be reported as soon as practical. Any spill of five barrels or ...

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Fracking Draws Support From Unions As Jobs Flourish, Worrying Environmentalists


By Kevin Begos PITTSBURGH (AP) — After early complaints that out-of-state firms got the most jobs, some local construction trade workers and union members in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia say they’re now benefiting in a big way from the Marcellus and Utica Shale oil and gas boom. That vocal support from blue-collar workers complicates efforts by environmentalists to limit ...

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