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  • North Dakota industrial fire cleanup to take weeks Friday, 25 Jul 2014 | 6:18 PM ET

    WILLISTON, N.D.— Cleanup efforts at the still-smoking site of an oil field supply company in North Dakota that caught fire earlier this week could take weeks, an Environmental Protection Agency Official said Friday.

  • HOUSTON, July 25- Exxon Mobil Corp is considering a multibillion-dollar plan to expand its Beaumont, Texas, refinery into the country's largest, the first major refining investment of the U.S. shale oil boom, people with knowledge of the deliberations said.

  • US rig count up 12 to 1,883 Friday, 25 Jul 2014 | 1:49 PM ET

    Of the major oil- and gas-producing states, North Dakota and Louisiana gained six each, Ohio and Oklahoma were up two apiece and Colorado one. Texas lost 10 rigs, Alaska was off four, California and New Mexico were down two each and Kansas and Pennsylvania each dropped one. Arkansas, Utah, West Virginia and Wyoming were unchanged.

  • Officials require more supports beneath oil pipes Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 3:34 PM ET

    Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette and Dan Wyant, director of the Department of Environmental Quality, said they had put Enbridge Energy Partners LP on notice following the company's acknowledgement it was partly out of compliance with an agreement dating to 1953, when the pipelines were laid in the Straits of Mackinac.

  • The train originated in North Dakota and was bound for Tesoro Corp's 120,000 barrel-per-day Anacortes oil refinery, 80 miles north of the city, Tesoro confirmed.

  • Oil train derails in Seattle rail yard; no spill Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 9:48 AM ET

    SEATTLE— Nothing spilled when three tanker cars in an oil train from North Dakota derailed at a rail yard early Thursday, but it alarmed environmentalists. "This is a warning of how dangerous this could be," said Kerry McHugh, communications director for the Washington Environmental Council.

  • Slow North Dakota city fire alert raises concern Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 2:29 AM ET

    WILLISTON, N.D.— Officials need to improve communication with residents of North Dakota's booming oil patch during potentially dangerous situations, an emergency manager and residents said, after an oil field service supply facility storing toxic chemicals exploded this week and authorities failed to alert the public for more than six hours.

  • Missoula man sentenced for construction fraud Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 5:34 PM ET

    Charging documents said Oliver solicited prepayments of nearly $7.9 million for steel buildings— mostly from residents of Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota— between October 2010 and December 2011, but he only completed one building.

  • NEW YORK, July 23- The U.S. Department of Transportation on Wednesday proposed new safety rules for hauling crude oil by rail after a string of explosive accidents, in a move that could impact railroads, drillers, refiners and railcar makers amid an energy boom.

  • WASHINGTON, July 23- The U.S. Department of Transportation on Wednesday proposed an overhaul of safety standards for carrying crude oil and ethanol by rail after a series of accidents in the past year. Senator John Hoeven of North Dakota, who has pressed regulators to make tank cars safer:.

  • New safety rules proposed to curb oil train fires Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 10:16 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Responding to a series of fiery train crashes, the government proposed rules Wednesday that would phase out tens of thousands of older tank cars that carry increasing quantities of crude oil and other highly flammable liquids through America's towns and cities.

  • CHICAGO, July 23- As U.S. farmers turn in record grain crops this autumn, many will have a powerful new tool- giant sausage-shaped storage bags- to help them avoid the lowest prices in years and gain more control over trade with giants such as Cargill Inc..

  • Slow public alert on Williston fire raises concern Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 2:32 AM ET

    WILLISTON, N.D.— When Aaron Volesky heard what he thought was thunder and walked outside his Williston home early Tuesday morning he thought it was odd that there were no storm clouds in the air. State records show that the facility stored dozens of chemicals, many of which likely burned in the fire according to Williams County Emergency Manager Mike Hallesy.

  • ND wants specifics on backlogged grain shipments Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 | 11:03 AM ET

    BISMARCK, N.D.— North Dakota's congressional delegation is pressing Canadian Pacific Railway to provide details of its backlog of grain shipments, saying farmers need detailed information with fall harvest fast approaching. But Sen John Hoeven, R- N.D., Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D- N.D., and Rep.

  • ND saltwater spill cleanup could take years Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 | 9:50 AM ET

    WILLISTON, N.D.— The site where an underground pipeline leaked 1 million gallons of saltwater into the North Dakota badlands earlier this month could take years to clean up, an official of Native American tribes involved in the cleanup said Monday.

  • Cause of fire at Williston company unknown Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 | 6:51 AM ET

    WILLISTON, N.D.— More than half a day after an industrial fire broke out in the North Dakota oil patch town of Williston, authorities still were unable to say what caused the massive blaze.

  • July 21- Delta Air Lines Inc, trying to boost savings on manufacturing of jet fuel, said on Monday it reached a five-year agreement with a Dallas energy company for 65,000 daily barrels of U.S. crude oil to be supplied to its Pennsylvania refinery.

  • Great Plains shale tested for possible energy uses Monday, 21 Jul 2014 | 1:01 AM ET

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D.— Tests this summer on Pierre Shale that stretches across much of the Great Plains could help build the case for an underground lab and, if feasible, lead to energy production or underground storage in the rock formation.

  • HOUSTON, July 21- California refiners remain far behind peers elsewhere in the country in replacing expensive imports with cheaper North American crudes from a new production boom. More than half of the 1.7 million barrels of crude processed by California refineries each day is imported, largely from Saudi Arabia, Ecuador, Iraq and Colombia.

  • VANCOUVER, Washington, July 21- California's chance to keep a lid on some of the nation's highest gas prices and join in the spoils of a domestic oil production boom is threatened by quickly growing opposition to a rail terminal in Washington state.