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  • North Dakota Petroleum Council - Industry News
    Center Resources Mediation Bakken Gear Documents Al Golden Scholarship Jobs Bakken Map Conservation Bakken Crude Properties Members Become a Member Committee Sign Up Oil PAC News Clipping Service Legislative Action Center Buyer s Guide Buyer s Guide Home News Center Industry News Industry News New Dickinson N D Diesel Refinery First in U S Since 1976 Posted 8 14 14 Thu By Dorinda Anderson Construction of a 20 000 barrel per day diesel refinery near Dickinson in western North Dakota began in late March 2013 This is the first refinery to be constructed anywhere in the United States since 1976 and the first in North Dakota since the refinery in Mandan was built in 1956 This green field refinery meaning from the dirt up is located 4 mi 6 4 km west of Dickinson on 318 acres The 300 million Dakota Prairie Refinery DPR is a 50 50 partnership between energy company MDU Resources Group Inc based in Bismarck N D and Calumet Specialty Products an Indianapolis based refining company MDU Resources Group Inc is heading up the infrastructure expertise and local ties while Calumet Specialty Products Partners brings refinery experience Principal Technology is working with Ventech Engineers North America

    Original URL path: http://www.ndoil.org/news/industry_news/new-dickinson-nd-diesel-refinery-first-in-us-since-1976/ (2016-05-01)
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  • North Dakota Petroleum Council - Industry News
    ND recommends 1B in road and bridge spending in 2015 17 Posted 8 13 14 Wed By Mike Nowatzki BISMARCK The group charged with crafting a comprehensive energy policy for North Dakota is recommending state lawmakers spend nearly 1 billion on roads and bridges in the next two years and fast track funding for upgrades in western counties affected by oil and gas development The 16 member EmPower North Dakota

    Original URL path: http://www.ndoil.org/news/industry_news/empower-nd-recommends-1b-in-road-and-bridge-spending-in-2015-17/ (2016-05-01)
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  • North Dakota Petroleum Council - Industry News
    Golden Scholarship Jobs Bakken Map Conservation Bakken Crude Properties Members Become a Member Committee Sign Up Oil PAC News Clipping Service Legislative Action Center Buyer s Guide Buyer s Guide Home News Center Industry News Industry News Senators introduce energy security act Posted 7 15 14 Tue By David Rupkalvis U S Sen John Hoeven joined with three other Republican senators to introduce the North Atlantic Energy Security Act last

    Original URL path: http://www.ndoil.org/news/industry_news/news-release-senators-introduce-energy-security-act/ (2016-05-01)
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  • North Dakota Petroleum Council - Industry News
    of rail transportation itself The first oil spill planning notice results from current regulatory language that only requires spill response planning for trains carrying oil in packages greater than 42 000 gallons Since most if not all oil is currently being transported in tank cars which hold less than 42 000 gallons there is little mandatory applicability of the rule PHMSA is therefore planning to revise that threshold and is seeking comment regarding what quantities should trigger spill response planning requirements The second railcar safety proposal has been expected for some time as PHMSA issued an advanced notice of the proposal on September 5 2013 Today s proposal includes a suite of enhancements including new operational requirements for certain trains transporting a large volume of Class 3 flammable liquids improvements in tank car standards and revision of the general requirements for offerors to ensure proper classification and characterization of crude oil and other mined gases and liquids PHMSA Seeks Comments Unlike many instances where an agency proposes a standard and seeks input on that standard in a couple of critical instances PHMSA is actually seeking comment on several potential standards For example with regard to operational limits PHMSA is seeking comments on three options a 40 mph speed limit in all areas for high hazard flammable trains HHFTs those with more than 20 cars of crude oil or other Class 3 flammable liquids a 40 mph limit for HHFTs in areas with more than 100 000 people or a 40 mph limit for HHFTs in high threat urban areas which is a Department of Homeland Security term Similarly PHMSA is seeking input on several potential options for a new more robust tank car for transporting crude oil These include a PHMSA and FRA designed tank car with 9 16 inch

    Original URL path: http://www.ndoil.org/news/industry_news/news-release-department-of-transportation-dot-proposes-crude-by-rail-safety-changes/ (2016-05-01)
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  • North Dakota Petroleum Council - Industry News
    progress yet in developing and enforcing new rules to ensure that all flammable liquids including Bakken crude and ethanol are transported safely DOT Secretary Anthony Foxx said in a statement A high hazard flammable train is defined as a train carrying 20 or more tank carloads of flammable liquids including crude oil and ethanol We are supportive of the new standards said Kari Cutting vice president of the North Dakota Petroleum Council North Dakota s congressional delegation and Gov Jack Dalrymple issued statements in support of taking action to improve safety Each has vowed to review the rules during the comment period To build safer tank cars the rail industry needs to know the construction standards prescribed by the federal government While we need to also focus on preventing trains from derailing a standard for rail car construction is appropriate given some accidents are inevitable Rep Kevin Cramer R N D said in a statement Sen John Hoeven R N D issued a statement stressing the same points The Association of American Railroads along with BNSF said the proposed rules incorporate some practices already in place The fact that the proposed rule incorporates several of the voluntary operating practices we have already implemented demonstrates the railroad industry s ongoing commitment to rail safety president Edward Hamberger said in a statement The North Dakota Ethanol Council had questions about shipping its product which will also fall under the rules Our industry s biggest concern is the challenge of turning over a fleet of cars in a very limited period of time executive director Deana Wiese said in a statement Rail car manufacturers are producing tanker cars as quickly as possible but they cannot keep up with demand There are also a limited number of repair shops that can do retrofitting of

    Original URL path: http://www.ndoil.org/news/industry_news/dot-wants-testing-of-bakken-crude-redesigned-rail-cars/ (2016-05-01)
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  • North Dakota Petroleum Council - Industry News
    epicenter of the state s oil patch in McKenzie County We really hope it gives lawmakers a chance to ask questions and see what s going on out west Brinkman said Democratic Rep Lois Delmore of Grand Forks will be on the tour and also plans to visit oil field spill sites in the region We ve been lucky to see some of the benefits but not as many of the problems said Delmore a retired school teacher who has served in the Legislature for nearly two decades I want to see what progress is being made and what we re going to have to look at in the Legislature Some of the things happening out there can t be described in words and pictures North Dakota trails only Texas in oil production and its output has risen from about 261 000 barrels daily in 2010 to more than 1 million barrels daily with advanced drilling techniques in the rich Bakken shale and Three Forks formations The state s financial reserves are pegged at about 2 billion but the newfound oil riches have resulted in unprecedented demands for spending on roads schools public works law enforcement and emergency medical services Gov Jack Dalrymple has said the state has invested nearly 4 billion since 2011 to help meet the area s swelling demands Officials from oil producing communities want to revamp a formula used to distribute oil and gas production tax revenue The fund currently sets aside 75 percent to the state and 25 percent to local governments Watford City Mayor Brent Sanford and others want a 60 40 split in favor of local governments in oil counties Sanford said Watford City has received about 46 million in state money during the current two year budget cycle but the city s

    Original URL path: http://www.ndoil.org/news/industry_news/news-release-north-dakota-lawmakers-will-be-touring-the-states-oil-patch/ (2016-05-01)
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  • North Dakota Petroleum Council - Industry News
    28 14 Mon By Nick Smith To highlight railcar safety North Dakota s U S senators will be partnering with industry to hold a training session in the fall aimed at aiding local responders Democratic Sen Heidi Heitkamp and Republican Sen John Hoeven will be co hosting a rail car training event Oct 6 8 in Fargo Also hosting the event are two major rail companies BNSF Railway and GATX Corp Training will be provided to local rail workers and emergency responders using a pair of GATX Corp training cars The senators in a joint statement issued Friday said the training session would allow responders the ability to quickly and effectively respond to an incident were one to occur This upcoming training will be a valuable opportunity to provide first responders with information they can use to better protect our communities and themselves the statement said Rail safety has become prominent in the past year following several derailments including one that killed 47 people in Quebec last July and a fiery one last December just outside Casselton We ve been working hard to bring together key figures including BNSF federal and state officials to ensure the safe operation of our

    Original URL path: http://www.ndoil.org/news/industry_news/news-release-senators-helping-sponsor-rail-training-in-fargo/ (2016-05-01)
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  • North Dakota Petroleum Council - Industry News
    Action Center Buyer s Guide Buyer s Guide Home News Center Industry News Industry News PSC Sets Pipeline Hearing Posted 7 31 14 Thu By Mary Cate Mannion The Public Service Commission has set a hearing date for ONEOK s Bakken Pipeline The hearing is set for September 15 in Watford City The 10 mile pipeline will cost roughly 6 million and will carry natural gas liquids That Watford City

    Original URL path: http://www.ndoil.org/news/industry_news/news-release-psc-sets-pipeline-hearing/ (2016-05-01)
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