New rules take effect for Bakken crude, but it's unknown if they will improve safety


New rules for conditioning Bakken crude oil take effect today, but will they improve the safety of transporting crude by rail?
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Critics press North Dakota to make Bakken oil safer, despite costs

(Grand Forks Herald)

North Dakota environmentalists want oil companies to reduce volatile gasses in Bakken crude. Regulators, however, say they’re taking a different tack that’s cheaper for the industry and still improves safety.
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Halliburton, Baker Hughes shareholders overwhelmingly approve merger


Halliburton shareholders have overwhelmingly approved the company’s long-awaited merger with Baker Hughes, the Digital Journal reports. Baker Hughes also announced on Friday that its stockholders adopted the merger agreement, thereby approving the merger. Each company held their own special meetings Friday morning.
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As oil prices slide, North Dakota sees manufacturing in its future


Business and community leaders in North Dakota's western oil patch have launched an aggressive campaign to convince more manufacturers to set up shop locally, part of a push to expand the area's economy beyond crude production and slash costs.
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BNSF trains slow down: Railway announces plans to improve safety measures for oil shipments

(The Dickinson Press)

ne of the top rail companies in the U.S. has announced steps to improve rail safety in North Dakota. BNSF Railway Executive Chairman Matt Rose outlined plans recently with Gov. Jack Dalrymple to implement additional measures throughout the company's national rail system. BNSF also informed its customers on Friday about the safety measures, according to a news release.
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North Dakota Political Notebook: Wardner OK with House’s oil tax formula, but seeks changes


A bill anticipated to be one of the most debated of the legislative session is headed for an overhaul this week, but not in the way western North Dakota officials hoping for a greater share of oil tax revenue were expecting.
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