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  • US oil and natural gas rig count drops by 10 to 875 Friday, 29 May 2015 | 3:58 PM ET

    HOUSTON— Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. declined by 10 this week to 875.. Houston- based Baker Hughes said Friday 646 rigs were seeking oil and 225 explored for natural gas. Among major oil- and gas-producing states, Texas lost four rigs, California declined by three and Arkansas,...

  • CHEYENNE, Wyo.— Many Republicans are wary of a large federal effort to protect the greater sage grouse— but not the Republican governor of Wyoming, the state with the biggest share of the birds and more energy development in their habitat than any other. Aware that the greater sage grouse sooner or later would face listing as a federally protected endangered or...

  • BISMARCK, N.D.— North Dakota's treasury will have nearly a half-billion dollars more than forecast by year's end because the average price for oil rebounded higher than was needed to trigger a tax emption for drillers. North Dakota sweet crude was fetching $58.33 on Friday morning, and the final price will hold through the weekend, Rauschenberger said.

  • BILLINGS, Mont.— U.S. transportation officials are extending an order for railroads to notify states about shipments of hazardous crude oil shipments. Trains hauling crude from the Bakken region of North Dakota and Montana have been involved in multiple fiery derailments in recent years, including a 2013 derailment that killed 47 people in Lac-Megantic,...

  • CHEYENNE, Wyo.— Interior Secretary Sally Jewell revealed plans Thursday to preserve habitat in 10 Western states for an imperiled ground-dwelling bird, the federal government's biggest land-planning effort to date for conservation of a single species. Sage grouse are chicken-sized birds that inhabit grass and sagebrush ecosystems in 11 states from...

  • BNSF, power plant owner settle long-running rate dispute Thursday, 28 May 2015 | 10:42 AM ET

    LINCOLN, Neb.— Lincoln Electric System and other owners of a Wyoming power plant have settled their long-running rates dispute with BNSF Railway over what the railroad charged for delivering coal to the plant, which serves consumers in Nebraska and several other states. The settlement terms weren't released, but officials said Lincoln Electric System, which...

  • ABOARD THE EMPIRE BUILDER, May 28- Its passengers are mostly silver-haired retirees, oil-field workers and a few young families gazing out the windows of Amtrak's least-profitable and third-longest line, rumbling from Chicago through eight states and on to the American West Coast. A coach ticket between Spokane, Washington and Williston, capital of North...

  • Titan Machinery reports 1Q loss Thursday, 28 May 2015 | 6:54 AM ET

    WEST FARGO, N.D. _ Titan Machinery Inc. on Thursday reported a loss of $6.2 million in its fiscal first quarter. The average estimate of four analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for a loss of 22 cents per share. Titan Machinery shares have dropped 3 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • MANDAN, N.D.— A Texas company that already has obtained shipping commitments from oil companies to build a 1,100- mile pipeline from western North Dakota to Illinois is having a tougher time getting permission from North Dakota landowners. Chuck Frey, vice president of engineering for Dallas- based Energy Transfer Partners LP, told the state's Public Service...

  • BNSF plans temporary layoffs with slipping freight demand Wednesday, 27 May 2015 | 4:19 PM ET

    BISMARCK, N.D.— BNSF Railway Co. says it's planning employee furloughs due to slipping freight shipping demand across its rail network. BNSF is based in Fort Worth, Texas, but is part of Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc., based in Omaha, Nebraska. The railroad is the biggest player in North Dakota's oil patch, hauling most of the the more than 1.1 million...

  • Drilling cutbacks drag down job growth in oil patch Wednesday, 27 May 2015 | 10:27 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Hammered by cheaper oil, drilling firms have laid off workers and dragged job growth lower in states from Texas to North Dakota. Texas lost 8,300 jobs in the sector, the most in six years, while Wyoming lost jobs in the industry for the fifth straight month. Overall, Texas gained 1,200 jobs in April, a small expansion compared to its average monthly...

  • BISMARCK, N.D.— An autopsy will determine whether a man had drugs or alcohol in his system when he fatally shot one worker and injured a second before killing himself at a North Dakota Wal-Mart store, police said Wednesday. Police said the shooting at the store in Grand Forks a few minutes after 1 a.m. Tuesday may have been random. Police on Wednesday identified the...

  • AP NewsAlert Tuesday, 26 May 2015 | 2:00 PM ET

    GRAND FORKS, N.D.— Police: Gunman in deadly Wal-Mart shooting in North Dakota was Air Force airman, killed self.

  • Police: US airman shoots Wal-Mart workers, kills self Tuesday, 26 May 2015 | 7:08 AM ET

    The father and girlfriend of a U.S. Air Force airman accused of a deadly shooting at a Wal-Mart Supercenter in North Dakota early Tuesday are saying little about the man. Grand Forks police say 21- year-old Marcell Willis walked into the store and opened fire with a handgun, killing one worker and injuring a second before shooting himself. A U.S. airman walked into...

  • WASHINGTON— If there was one thing most economists agreed on at the start of the year, it was this: Plunging oil prices would boost the U.S. economy. At $2.74 a gallon, the average price of gas nationwide is nearly $1 lower than it was a year ago. Consider what Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said in December: Lower gas prices, Yellen declared, are "certainly good for...

  • The oil pipeline leak that fouled a stretch of California coastline this week reflects a troubling trend in the nation's infrastructure: As U.S. oil production has soared, so has the number of pipeline accidents. "Tick, tick, tick," said Robert Bea, a professor emeritus in civil engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. Since 1995, there have been more...

  • US oil and natural gas rig count drops by 3 to 885 Friday, 22 May 2015 | 1:22 PM ET

    HOUSTON— Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. declined by three this week to 885.. Among major oil- and gas-producing states, Louisiana lost four rigs, West Virginia declined by three and Kansas, North Dakota and Ohio each lost one. Alaska, California, Colorado, Texas, Utah and Wyoming were all...

  • HOUSTON— Vanguard Natural Resources LLC will acquire Eagle Rock Energy Partners LP in a $474 million deal. Vanguard Natural Resources will also assume $140 million of debt from Eagle Rock Energy Partners, which will become a wholly-owned indirect subsidiary. The company has operations in Texas, Wyoming, Arkansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Montana, Colorado,...

  • HOUSTON, May 21- A judge on Thursday denied Royal Dutch Shell's appeal of a ruling that a proposed oil-by-rail project at its Washington state refinery must undergo a full environmental review, just two weeks after a crude train derailment caused a fire in North Dakota. Shell had appealed a February ruling from a Skagit County Office of Land Use Hearings...

  • Obama's trade agenda clears key Senate hurdle Thursday, 21 May 2015 | 3:29 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— In a triumph for President Barack Obama, sweeping legislation to strengthen the administration's hand in global trade talks advanced toward Senate passage Thursday after a showdown vote that remained in doubt until the final moment. We're going to continue and finish up the bill this week, "Majority leader Mitch McConnell, R- Ky., and Obama's most...