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  • Counties want to weigh in on pipeline permitting process Saturday, 31 Jan 2015 | 11:28 AM ET

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D.— South Dakota counties that would be affected by a proposed pipeline to carry oil from western North Dakota to refineries in eastern states want to weigh in on the state's decision to approve the project. "We've got a lot of serious issues to work out, and we haven't gotten a lot of good answers," said Lincoln County Commissioner Jim Schmidt, who was...

  • Administration to seek $1 billion for tribal schools Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 5:16 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Obama administration says it will ask Congress for $1 billion next year to run schools for Native American children— including millions in new money to help fix crumbling buildings. The request— $150 million more than in this year's budget— sets aside $58 million in new funding for school construction and $18 million in new funding for repairs.

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 29- Republicans in the U.S. Senate made good on a pledge to pass the long-pending Keystone XL oil pipeline on Thursday, a measure the White House said President Barack Obama would veto. Approving Keystone has been the top priority of Republicans in the new Congress after they won control of the Senate in November. While the project would create...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 29- The U.S. Senate will likely pass a bill approving the long-pending Keystone XL oil pipeline on Thursday, a measure the White House said President Barack Obama would veto. Republicans have made approving Keystone their top priority of the new Congress after winning control of the Senate in November. The Senate will vote after 2:30 p.m. EST on...

  • HOUSTON/ WILLISTON, N.D., Jan 29- ConocoPhillips and Occidental Petroleum Corp on Thursday slashed exploration spending plans for this year, as the third- and fourth-largest U.S. oil companies attempt to cope with a steep slide in crude prices. The cuts follow similar steps by rival Hess Corp earlier this week while Royal Dutch Shell, Europe's largest oil company,...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 29- The U.S. Senate will likely pass a bill approving the long-pending Keystone XL oil pipeline on Thursday, a measure the White House has said President Barack Obama would veto. Republicans have made approving Keystone their top priority of the new Congress after winning control of the Senate in November's elections, but they are four votes shy...

  • Senate passes bill approving Keystone XL oil pipeline Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 10:40 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Republican-controlled Senate on Thursday approved a bipartisan bill to construct the Keystone XL oil pipeline, defying a presidential veto threat and setting up the first of many battles with the White House over energy and the environment. The 62-36 vote advanced a top priority of the newly empowered GOP, and marked the first time the Senate...

  • BISMARCK, N.D.— North Dakota could see a more than $4 billion shortfall in oil and gas tax revenue due to the slumping price of crude under a revised revenue forecast that lawmakers adopted Thursday. North Dakota trails only Texas in oil production, and its output has risen from about 261,000 barrels daily in 2010 to about 1.2 million barrels daily at present.

  • LONDON, Jan 29- U.S. commercial crude oil stocks last week hit their highest level since 1931- when the opening of giant oil fields in the United States coincided with the Great Depression to create an enormous glut and sent prices tumbling to just 13 cents per barrel. In October 1929, U.S. commercial crude stocks peaked at a staggering 545 million barrels, following...

  • BILLINGS, Mont.— Oil pipeline accidents have become increasingly frequent in the U.S. as Congress presses the Obama administration to approve the Keystone XL pipeline— a project that would pass near the spot where 30,000 gallons of crude spilled into Montana's Yellowstone River earlier this month. Yet in the politically charged debate over Keystone, its...

  • Backers see a changing landscape that includes a Congress controlled by Republicans generally viewed as more receptive to oil exports, and some signs the Obama administration will consider modifications to the longstanding policy that bans exports of raw crude. The ban is a relic of the 1970 s, after an OPEC oil embargo led to fuel rationing, high prices and...

  • BISMARCK, N.D.— A pipeline that ruptured recently in North Dakota and spilled nearly 3 million gallons of saltwater produced during oil drilling wasn't inspected by the state before being installed, according to state regulators. Alison Ritter, a spokeswoman for the North Dakota Industrial Commission, which oversees the state's oil and gas industry, said...

  • WILLISTON, N.D., Jan XX- North Dakota's oil industry is pushing to change the state's radioactive waste disposal laws as part of a broad effort to conserve cash as oil prices tumble. That's because rules prohibit North Dakota landfills from accepting anything but miniscule amounts of radiation. But the oil industry says allowing North Dakota's landfills to...

  • BISMARCK, N.D.— Oil and gas producer Hess Corp., a major operator in the North Dakota oil patch, plans to reduce spending in the region by over 18 percent this year— in part due to a steep drop in oil prices. Hess announced this week that it plans to spend $1.8 billion in the Bakken, down from $2.2 billion in 2014. Hess President and Chief Operating Officer Greg Hill said...

  • FARGO, N.D.— A lawsuit accusing oil-services company Schlumberger Ltd. of failing to pay overtime wages in North Dakota's oil patch can move forward, a federal judge says. Judge Ralph Erickson's ruling, released Monday, grants conditional class-action status to the suit filed by a former employee of Houston- based Schlumberger, which provides technology and...

  • Mark Dayton laid out changes in his budget proposal Tuesday that would make railroad companies fork over more funds to ensure Minnesota communities can handle a dramatic influx of train traffic. But Minnesota has a long to-do list of its own, such as $240 million in underpasses to alleviate congestion at train-blocked intersections and other safety...

  • WASHINGTON— Colorado's unemployment rate fell by a third. Louisiana's jumped nearly a quarter. Even Louisiana's gain masked some good news: The state added a healthy number of jobs— just not enough to keep up with population growth.

  • HOUSTON, Jan 27- Collapsing crude prices are confronting scores of smaller U.S. oil producers with the grim choice of either shutting older high-cost wells or burning through cash in the hope of riding out the downturn. As oil prices fell by more than half over the last six months from more than $100 per barrel, the U.S. oil industry responded by slowing its...

  • More than 4 million gallons of a mixture of fresh water, brine and oil have been pumped from the area affected by the largest saltwater spill of North Dakota's current energy boom, according to a report issued Monday by the Environmental Protection Agency. The report provides an overall assessment on the nearly 3 million-gallon spill of saltwater generated by...

  • Montana oil spill estimate lowered to 30,000 gallons Monday, 26 Jan 2015 | 2:40 PM ET

    BILLINGS, Mont.— Authorities have lowered to 30,000 gallons their estimate of the amount of oil that spilled from a broken pipeline beneath the Yellowstone River in eastern Montana. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency spokeswoman Wendy Thomi said Monday that owner Bridger Pipeline of Casper, Wyoming, had recovered about 20,000 gallons of crude left in the...