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Top News & Analysis North Dakota


  • WASHINGTON/ OTTAWA, Feb 12- The U.S. Transportation Department has recommended crude oil trains be reinforced and advanced braking systems installed to prevent accidents from becoming fiery disasters, according to sources familiar with the plan. The proposal, which now faces a White House review, envisions safety improvements that public advocates endorse...

  • The hidden factor that may slash US oil output Thursday, 12 Feb 2015 | 2:19 PM ET
    An oil well owned an operated by Apache Corporation in the Permian Basin is shown in Garden City, Texas, Feb. 5, 2015.

    The life cycle of U.S. shale oil wells could put a question mark over American output and price stability.

  • LONDON, Feb 12- "Excessive oil and gas loan concentrations have been a key factor in the failure of some banks during periods of steep price declines," the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency notes with bureaucratic understatement in its handbook for U.S. bank examiners. The agency supervised the infamous Penn Square Bank in Oklahoma City, which was declared...

  • Flights under the auspices of the Northern Plains test site will now be allowed in most of northeastern North Dakota, FAA said in a statement, adding that it soon expects to authorize flights in about two-thirds of the state. Flight operations at the Northern Plains site, one of six FAA- authorized test sites in the country, began in May and were limited to a small...

  • Oil and gas producers accounted for almost $1 in every $8 of new business investment in the U.S. economy in 2013, according to new data published by the Census Bureau. Businesses engaged in oil and gas extraction invested $159 billion in wells, structures and equipment in 2013, according to the Annual Capital Expenditures Survey, the latest edition of which was...

  • WILLISTON, N.D., Feb 6- Even as plunging crude oil prices fuel anxiety in North Dakota, small business owners in the No. 2 U.S. oil producing state say they are confident that demand for their products and services will remain strong enough to keep things humming. New coffee shops, restaurants and health food stores have recently opened or are set to open in Williston,...

  • Lower gas prices no windfall for these retailers Wednesday, 4 Feb 2015 | 3:02 PM ET
    A customer checks out at a Best Buy in Peoria, Ill.

    As oil prices fall, it becomes harder for energy companies to maintain profitability.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • These 2 U.S. drillers have 'great rocks': Analyst Thursday, 8 Jan 2015 | 3:09 PM ET
    Workers connect drill bits and drill collars on Endeavor Energy Resources’ Big Dog Drilling Rig 22 in the Permian basin outside of Midland, Texas, Dec. 12, 2014.

    Investors who believe in a long-term recovery in oil prices should look to exploration and production companies, said David Tameron.

  • New GOP Congress, new Keystone pipeline bill Tuesday, 6 Jan 2015 | 1:27 PM ET
    A weld shack is moved toward a pipe joint during construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline in Atoka, Oklahoma.

    Newly empowered Republicans are wasting no time in their agenda, with a push to revive the Keystone XL Pipeline bill.

  • Price plunge puts oil patch jobs at risk Tuesday, 23 Dec 2014 | 1:54 PM ET
    A derrick hand works on an oil rig drilling into the Bakken shale formation outside Watford City, North Dakota.

    Whlie falling oil prices are helping the U.S. economy, job prospects in the oil patch aren't so bright.

  • Frack no! Some locals lament NY ban: Report Monday, 22 Dec 2014 | 11:12 AM ET
    New York Governor Andrew Cuomo greets fracking protesters outside his office in New York December 17, 2014.

    While some are praising New York's decision to ban fracking, some business owners who were hoping for a drilling-related boom are disappointed.

  • Slowdown signs emerge for oil states as crude slides Monday, 15 Dec 2014 | 7:25 AM ET
    Workers prepare pipes used in the drilling of shale gas.

    Some of the nation's top oil states are showing early signs of a slowdown as a result of the plunge in crude prices.

  • Bakken-Cushing pipeline project slammed shut Saturday, 13 Dec 2014 | 11:01 AM ET
    Tomco oil workers sands facility sign, oil field, oil pipeline

    Enterprise Products Partners is shelving a pipeline that would have transported crude from North Dakota to Oklahoma, the company said Friday.

  • Falling oil, but Bakken area up & running Monday, 1 Dec 2014 | 1:30 PM ET
    Falling oil, but Bakken area up & running

    CNBC's Brian Sullivan reports from Williston, North Dakota, on the impact of dropping oil prices. Sullivan is getting the feeling business isn't seeing a slowdown there yet.

  • Debt & costs hit Bakken stocks Monday, 1 Dec 2014 | 12:52 PM ET
    An oil-drilling rig stands on the Bakken formation in Watford City, N.D.

    CNBC's Brian Sullivan reports heavy debt loads are among the reasons why some of the Bakken stocks are taking a hit.

  • Playing oil—buy these stocks, avoid these: Pros Monday, 1 Dec 2014 | 10:03 AM ET
    A floor hand for Raven Drilling, works on an oil rig drilling into the Bakken shale formation outside Watford City, North Dakota.

    Oil stocks have taken a beating, but companies that run on energy have taken the Dow Transports to new highs.

  • Low oil & the view from Bakken Monday, 1 Dec 2014 | 8:57 AM ET
    Low oil & the view from Bakken

    CNBC's Brian Sullivan reports from Williston, North Dakota, on the concern of how fast the price of oil has declined.

  • No panic in Bakken yet Monday, 1 Dec 2014 | 7:03 AM ET
    No panic in Bakken yet

    CNBC's Brian Sullivan reports from Williston, North Dakota, on why many Bakken producers are not concerned yet with about $65 oil.