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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Producers can’t keep drilling at $45 oil: Pickens Friday, 23 Jan 2015 | 3:55 PM ET
    T. Boone Pickens

    Energy tycoon Boone Pickens predicted Friday that oil prices would be back near $70 or $80 a barrel by the fourth quarter of this year.

  • "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...

  • 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,"...

  • 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.

  • 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...

  • NEW YORK, Jan 21- A former executive at a New York investor relations firm, whose shoeless sprint from news photographers last year was lampooned on Comedy Central's "The Daily Show," was sentenced on Wednesday to 2-1/ 2 years in prison for insider trading. Michael Lucarelli, the former director of market intelligence at Lippert/Heilshorn& Associates, was also...

  • NEW YORK, Jan 21- A former executive at a New York investor relations firm, whose shoeless sprint from news photographers last year ended up on Comedy Central's "The Daily Show," was sentenced on Wednesday to 2-1/ 2 years in prison for insider trading. Michael Lucarelli, the former director of market intelligence at Lippert/Heilshorn& Associates, was also ordered by...

  • LONDON, Jan 21- The eight states at the heart of the American shale oil revolution all grew faster than the U.S. national average over the last decade, according to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, underscoring the importance of oil production to the U.S. economy. North Dakota's private industry achieved a spectacular CAGR of 7.4 percent while Wyoming, Utah and...

  • Jan 19- Bridger Pipeline LLC said on Monday it has shut the 42,000 barrel per day Poplar pipeline system after a weekend breach that sent as much as 1,200 barrels of crude oil into the Yellowstone River near Glendive, Montana. The Poplar system gathers crude from Bakken producers in eastern Montana and North Dakota. Bakken crude narrowed slightly to $5.40 per...

  • Oil spills in Yellowstone River after pipeline leak Monday, 19 Jan 2015 | 1:26 PM ET

    Jan 19- Crews worked on Monday to clean up crude oil that spilled in and near the Yellowstone River in eastern Montana even as Bridger Pipeline LLC tried to determine what caused the weekend breach, the Wall Street Journal reported. The Poplar pipeline, which moves crude from Bakken basin to nearby hubs, was last inspected in 2012 and is at least 8 feet below the...

  • North Dakota rigs at 5-year low: Governor Thursday, 15 Jan 2015 | 3:00 PM ET
    North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple

    North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple said oil's drop has led to the state's lowest rig count in five years.

  • *World Bank lowers global growth forecasts for 2015, 2016. "velocity of the downward trend that we've been in, you can expect to see violent snapbacks," said Tariq Zahir of Tyche Capital. Even so, there were growing signs that low prices were finally beginning to slow the unrelenting growth in U.S. oil production, a key factor for markets as OPEC powerhouse Saudi...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 14- A plunge in energy prices is hitting America's oil and gas producers, leading some firms to lay off workers while others struggle to get loans, the Federal Reserve said on Wednesday. The Fed's monthly Beige Book report on business activity had some evidence of this economic boost, with firms telling the Fed that lower gasoline prices helped...

  • WASHINGTON/ OTTAWA, Jan 14- Canada is committed to taking outmoded tank cars off the rails years earlier than U.S. officials envision, sources familiar with negotiations say, leaving the trading partners at an impasse as they try to harmonize oil train safety measures. Canada wants fuel deliveries in the older wagons to end by May 2017. In a sign of concern, U.S....

  • Jan 14- Wells Fargo& Co, the biggest U.S. mortgage lender, reported a slight increase in quarterly profit as it lent more to commercial and industrial customers. Wells Fargo's total loans rose 2.8 percent to $862.6 billion in the fourth quarter. Wells Fargo shares were down 1.5 percent in premarket trading on Wednesday.