Farmers Push For Greater Distance Between Oil Wells, Houses

KEENE, N.D. – Frank and Wanda Leppell already have three oil wells one-quarter mile from their front picture window. They don’t want wells any closer. “That’s the view we’re going to have for the rest of our lives,” said Frank, who watched the wells get drilled from his living room. The McKenzie County farmers and…
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Report Highlights Need For Well Inspections

WILLISTON, N.D. – A report released Tuesday criticizes state and federal agencies for falling behind with regulating oil and gas activity, but says North Dakota is doing better than other western states. The “Law and Order in the Oil and Gas Fields” report by the Western Organization of Resource Councils and the Dakota Resource Council…
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Faces Of The Boom: Bismarck Man Aims To Bridge Gap Between Conservation, Oil Industry

BISMARCK, N.D. – When Terry Fleck goes fishing or hunting, he aims to leave the area better than how he found it. That’s the same attitude the Bismarck man hopes oil and gas companies will have about development in North Dakota. Fleck spent 30 years in the radio and television industry and retired to become…
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Killdeer Mountain Drilling Approved Late Thursday

BISMARCK, N.D. — The North Dakota Industrial Commission unanimously approved late Thursday a plan to drill for oil in an area of the Killdeer Mountains that received widespread opposition, but added several stipulations to address some of the concerns. Denying a request from Hess Corp. to drill up to eight wells in the Killdeer Mountains…
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Refinery Backers Trying To Fix Tax Exemption ‘fiasco’

BISMARCK – Backers of a new refinery in North Dakota say a bill asking for a tax exemption for oil refined in the state was a “fiasco,” but a corrected bill expected to be filed today would benefit the state. Chester Trabucco, chairman and CEO of Dakota Oil Processing, which is developing a diesel refinery…
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