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  • In North Dakota, the number of rigs drilling for oil has fallen by almost a quarter in less than four months, according to oil field services company Baker Hughes. Baker Hughes puts the number of active drilling rigs in the state at just 147 last week, down from 189 at the beginning of October, and the lowest number since December 2010. Baker Hughes counts rigs as...

  • Unmanned drones could play key roles in food supply Monday, 26 Jan 2015 | 3:02 AM ET

    When it comes to drones, "your imagination can go pretty wild in terms of what would be possible," says Roger Johnson, president of the National Farmers Union. This month, the Federal Aviation Administration issued the first permit for agricultural use of unmanned aerial vehicles. Steven Edgar, president and CEO of ADAVSO, says his Idaho- based business will use a...

  • WEST FARGO, N.D.— An app made by a group of West Fargo sixth graders may not have won a national competition, but it likely will go a long way toward ensuring that classes at their school start on time. The Liberty Middle School team's "School Handy" app made West Fargo the only U.S. city to win its state competition in Verizon's Innovative App Challenge three years in a...

  • When it comes to drones, "your imagination can go pretty wild in terms of what would be possible," says Roger Johnson, president of the National Farmers Union. This month, the Federal Aviation Administration issued the first permit for agricultural use of unmanned aerial vehicles. Steven Edgar, president and CEO of ADAVSO, says his Idaho- based business will use a...

  • WATFORD CITY, N.D.— Police chief Art Walgren knew how much the oil boom had changed this once-sleepy town when he spotted something that would have been unheard of not long ago: license plates from Sinaloa, Mexico, home to one of the world's most violent drug cartels. Before, there was little chance police would see cars here from nearly 2,000 miles away.

  • BISMARCK, N.D.— Water testing has shown that saltwater contamination from a massive pipeline spill in northwestern North Dakota reached the Missouri River, the state's environmental chief said Friday, adding that officials don't expect harm to wildlife or drinking water supplies because it was so diluted. Blacktail Creek and the Little Muddy River were...

  • $2 gasoline: Good times keep rolling at the pump Friday, 23 Jan 2015 | 1:30 PM ET

    But for the first time since 2009, most Americans are paying less than $2 a gallon. "It's crazy," says Michael Noel, an economics professor at Texas Tech University who studies oil and gasoline prices. U.S. crude oil traded Friday just below $46 a barrel and the average price for a gallon of gas was $2.04.

  • The order comes after Bridger Pipeline of Casper, Wyoming, announced plans to bury its line deeper beneath the Yellowstone to protect against future accidents. The Department of Transportation order would make that improvement mandatory and require identical action where the line runs beneath the Poplar River in northeast Montana. The Yellowstone is a...

  • BISMARCK, N.D.— Earthen barriers have been set up across a creek and water was being tested Thursday around the site of a nearly 3 million-gallon leak of saltwater generated by oil drilling, the largest spill of its kind during North Dakota's current oil rush. Pipeline operator Summit Midstream Partners LLC and state inspectors will keep testing the soil and...

  • BISMARCK, N.D.— Following the largest saltwater spill of North Dakota's current oil boom, Democrats in the state legislature said Thursday they will revisit measures overwhelmingly rejected two years ago that would mandate additional monitoring and safeguards. Cleanup was underway after the spill of nearly 3 million gallons of brine leaked from a pipeline...

  • "It is unclear at this point whether or not this move up in the trend reflects issues seasonally adjusting the data around the holidays or if it represents a more meaningful deterioration in the labor market," said Daniel Silver, an economist at JP Morgan in New York. State-level data for the week ending Jan. 10 showed an increase in claims in the oil-producing...

  • Cleanup is underway after nearly 3 million gallons of brine, a salty, toxic byproduct of oil and natural gas production, leaked from a pipeline in western North Dakota, the largest spill of its kind in the state since the current energy boom began. Operator Summit Midstream Partners LLC detected the pipeline spill on Jan. 6, about 15 miles north of Williston and...

  • BILLINGS, Mont.— A second large oil spill into Montana's Yellowstone River in less than four years is reviving questions about oversight of the nation's aging pipeline network. Keystone would cross the Yellowstone roughly 20 miles upstream of the Poplar Pipeline spill. In 2011, an ExxonMobil pipeline break spilled 63,000 gallons of oil during flooding on the...

  • HOUSTON, Jan 21- Leading U.S. pipeline Kinder Morgan Inc said on Wednesday it will enter North Dakota's Bakken shale with a $3 billion acquisition of Hiland Partners, a pipeline and logistics company founded by Continental Resources Chief Executive Officer Harold Hamm. "The Bakken is the one producing basin in which Kinder Morgan doesn't have a large presence,"...

  • Questions and answers about oil and gas wastewater spills Wednesday, 21 Jan 2015 | 6:53 PM ET

    Nearly 3 million gallons of briny water generated by crude oil production has leaked from a North Dakota pipeline and reached two creeks, making it the biggest spill of this type of wastewater since the state's Bakken formation oil boom began in 2006.. Here are some questions and answers about oil and gas saltwater spills:. Q: What does this liquid consist of, and...

  • NEW YORK, Jan 21- Responders recovered 240 barrels of oil from a breached pipeline in Montana, despite icy conditions that were slowing down efforts, the Environmental Protection Agency and Bridger Pipeline LLC said Wednesday. The 42,000 barrel-per-day Poplar pipeline system gathers crude from producers in eastern Montana and North Dakota.

  • Kinder Morgan names Kean CEO to succeed Richard Kinder Wednesday, 21 Jan 2015 | 5:31 PM ET

    HOUSTON— Kinder Morgan Inc. said Wednesday that its founder Richard Kinder will step down as CEO in June and serve as chairman of the company. Kinder Morgan announced separately that it is acquiring oil and gas processing company Hiland Partners in a deal worth $3 billion, including roughly $1 billion in debt. Kinder Morgan says the purchase will give it access...

  • Kinder Morgan acquires Hiland Partners Wednesday, 21 Jan 2015 | 5:11 PM ET

    HOUSTON— Kinder Morgan says it is acquiring oil and gas processing company Hiland Partners in a deal worth $3 billion, including roughly $1 billion in debt. Kinder Morgan says the deal will give it access to some of the Bakken's most attractive and economically viable areas. Kinder Morgan says the acquisition will add modestly to its cash available to pay...

  • HOUSTON, Jan 21- Leading pipeline company Kinder Morgan Inc will buy Hiland Partners, a pipeline and logistics company founded by Continental Resources Inc Chief Executive Officer Harold Hamm, for $3 billion, the company said on Wednesday. Hiland Partners builds and operates oil gathering and transportation pipelines and natural gas gathering and...

  • Kinder Morgan to buy Hiland Partners for $3 billion Wednesday, 21 Jan 2015 | 4:31 PM ET

    HOUSTON, Jan 21- Kinder Morgan Inc will buy Hiland Partners, a pipeline and logistics company founded by Continental Resources Inc Chief Executive Officer Harold Hamm, for $3 billion, the company said on Wednesday. Hiland Partners builds and operates oil gathering and transportation pipelines and natural gas gathering and processing systems primarily in...