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Why North Dakota Is Like Iran, Iraq, Nigeria & Russia: Wasted Natural Gas

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What does North Dakota have in common with Iran? If North Dakota were a country, it would rank fifth behind Russia, Nigeria, Iran, and Iraq on the list of worst natural-gas wasters, according to the World Bank.

EIA: rising North Dakota oil production and demand spurs two new small refineries

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The Dakota Prairie facility is scheduled to be built in 20 months. Source: EIA. Click to enlarge. Brief

EIA: More than 35% of natural gas produced in North Dakota is flared or otherwise not marketed due to infrastructure limitations

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North Dakota gas production: marketed, not marketed, and percentage not marketed. Source: EIA. Click to enlarge. (It Brief

E15 now available in North Dakota

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E15 blended gasoline is now available in four of North Dakota’s larger cities. North Dakota is the ninth state to offer the fuel blend containing 15% ethanol and 85% gasoline. The others are Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Nebraska, North Carolina, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. million gallons. Brief

Annual E85 sales top 1M gallon mark in North Dakota

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Annual statewide sales of E85 (85% ethanol blend with gasoline) surpassed the 1 million gallon mark in North Dakota in September, according to the American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest. Approximately 660,000 gallons of E85 were sold in North Dakota in 2010, up from 275,000 gallons in 2009. Brief

Enbridge to invest $6.2B in pipeline expansions for light oil from North Dakota and Canada

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will proceed with a $6.2-billion program of pipeline expansions to carry an additional 400,000 barrels per day (bpd) of light oil from North Dakota and western Canada to refinery markets in Ontario, Quebec and the US Midwest. Specifics include: North Dakota System Expansion and Extension. Enbridge Inc. Program projects.

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DOE awards $18M to 5 projects to accelerate development of plug-in electric vehicles & use of other alternative fuels

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million to deploy multi-fuel stations (including electric vehicle charging stations, compressed natural gas, biofuels, and propane stations) and alternative fuel vehicles (including electric drive) along I-94 from Port Huron, Michigan to the North Dakota border. Odyne Systems, LLC will receive $2.9 PacifiCorp will receive $3.9

US DOE Awards Second Phase of North Dakota Oil Production Study; Targeting Improved Recovery

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded an agreement to the University of North Dakota Energy and Environmental Research Center (UNDEERC) to extend a study that will enhance the understanding of factors affecting oil production from the Bakken and Three Forks-Sanish formations within the Williston Basin.

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Statoil to begin transporting Bakken crude from North Dakota by rail to overcome limited pipeline capacity; more than 1,000 cars for unit trains

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In September, Statoil will begin transporting by rail Bakken crude from North Dakota to customers in the US East, West and Gulf Coasts, and Canada.

Team at Univ. of North Dakota proposes alternative mechanism for the formation of cyclic hydrocarbons by thermal cracking of crop oils

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A team at the University of North Dakota has investigated the occurrence patterns of cyclic products obtained via the thermal cracking of several TG feedstocks, such as canola and soybean oils, to probe possible formation mechanisms. Thermal cracking is a well-known pathway for transforming crop oils (i.e., general, the presence of 5?20

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The Sad States of Global Warming & Their Sorry Senators

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Are you just going to let the state of North Dakota get beaten like a borrowed mule by climate change due to your failure to respond appropriately on global warming? Hey, Max Baucus and Jon Tester in Montana – Do either of you US Senators have a clue on climate change? We can’t afford your ignorance any longer.

CSX update on W.Va. derailment: 25 cars derailed, 20 in fires

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It was traveling from North Dakota to Yorktown, Va. The derailment site. Photo, office of Gov. Tomblin. Click to enlarge. Brief

7-state Midwest EVOLVE project to promote electric vehicles; Ford, GM, Nissan initial automotive partners

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The American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest announced the launch of Midwest EVOLVE , a three-year project to promote electric vehicles in seven Midwestern states: Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and North Dakota. The first events will be held in the spring of 2017.

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US vehicle miles travelled up 3% in first 9 months of 2016 to 2.4 trillion miles

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For the seventh month in a row, at 2.2%, North Dakota led the nation with the largest unadjusted traffic decrease for the month. At 27.8

New USGS oil and gas assessment for Bakken and Three Forks formations boosts estimates of recoverable oil two-fold, natural gas three-fold

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Map showing the Williston Basin Province, Bakken Total Petroleum System (TPS), and the Bakken Formation Assessment Units (AUs). Source: USGS. Cook, T.A,

Exclusive: Hey Top Gear, You Have To Fill Up Electric Cars Too, Duh!

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Have you ever been on those roads in North Dakota where you pass a sign that says “No gas for next 80 miles"? Or perhaps you’ve traveled through the frozen wastelands of Northern Canada or Alaska and learned that the gas station you just passed was the last one for more than 100 miles.

MSU-led regional team awarded $6M NSF grant to research biofuel, carbon capture technologies

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The basin contains parts or most of five states—Montana, Wyoming, South Dakota, North Dakota and Nebraska—and more than 20 Indian reservations. The Upper Missouri River Basin refers to the Missouri River and all its tributaries upstream of Sioux City, Iowa. Brief

EIA forecasts Bakken oil production will top 1M barrels per day next month; >10% of US oil production

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The latest monthly update of estimated crude oil production in the Bakken region of North Dakota and Montana shows total wellhead output topping 1 million barrels of oil per day (bbl/d) next month. The update appears in the most recent issue of the US Energy Information Administration’s Drilling Productivity Report (DPR). Brief

ICCT study finds state EV incentives playing a significant role in driving sales

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California, Georgia, Hawaii, Oregon, and Washington—have electric vehicle sales shares that are approximately 2–4 times the national average.

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DOE to award up to $137M for SuperTruck II, Vehicle Technology Office programs

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Daimler Trucks North America LLC will develop and demonstrate a tractor-trailer combination using a suite of technologies including active aerodynamics, cylinder deactivation, hybridization, and the electrification of accessories. Three of the four competitively-selected teams accepted the challenge and have exceeded the 50% goal. Applicant.

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EIA: 5 states and the Gulf of Mexico produce more than 80% of US crude oil; shales drive the growth

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The second-largest state producer was North Dakota at 12%, followed by California and Alaska at close to 7% each and Oklahoma at 4%.

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Opinion: The Dark Side Of The Shale Bust

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But the bust is leaving towns like Williston, North Dakota stretched extremely thin as it tries to deal with the aftermath. The U.S.

New passenger vehicle diesel registrations in US up 11.5%, hybrids up 65% from 2010-2013; diesel 2.5x hybrids

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California and North Dakota tied for third with 11.35% growth. Diesel registrations were 2.5 times those of hybrids over the period, according to the data. Hybrid car and SUV registrations were 3.4 times those of diesel cars and SUVs. Based on the data, which were compiled by IHS Automotive (formerly R.L. Diesel Hybrids Sales

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US total VMT hits historic high in first half of year; VMT per capita trending upward, but below 2005 peak

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US Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) estimates show that US driving topped 1.54 Louis. billion miles, a 3.4%

API: US petroleum demand down, gasoline demand up in March

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Rising North Dakota production at 551 thousand barrels per day in March continued to close in on declining Alaska production of 591 thousand barrels per day. While total petroleum deliveries (a measure of demand) slipped 1.3% This marked the second month in a row gasoline demand increased while total petroleum demand declined. Brief

Crumb rubber from old tires can lower road noise and reduce need for road maintenance

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It’s very durable. We mix it with different materials and in different percentages, and in different conditions, to find the best ways to add rubber to asphalt. —Magdy Abdelrahman. Asphalt rubber is the largest single market for ground rubber, consuming an estimated 220 million pounds, or approximately 12 million tires, according to the EPA.

New high-pressure dry-solids feed pump could make high-efficiency, lower-emission gasification economically competitive

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A rendering of the Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne high pressure, dry-solids feed pump. Source: NETL. Click to enlarge. Brief

Rock River Resources to build small refinery and crude-by-rail terminal in Utah

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A small refinery in North Dakota, announced earlier this year, is under construction. Houston-based Rock River Resources plans to build a small refinery and terminal for shipping crude by rail in Green River, Utah, with the goal of providing a long-term viable refining option in the region. —Kim Green. Brief

EIA releases report on CO2 emissions by state; California led in 2010 with transportation-sector emissions

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tonnes of CO 2 per person), followed by North Dakota (80.4 In 2010 the top 3 states included: Wyoming (1,886 mt CO 2 / million dollars of GDP), West Virginia (1,767 mt CO 2 / million dollars of GDP), and North Dakota (1,681 mt CO 2 / million dollars of GDP). Energy-related CO 2 emissions buy state, 2010. Source: EIA.

API: US petroleum demand edges up in May

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North Dakota production in May set a record at 574 thousand barrels per day, eclipsing production from Alaska, which fell 5.0% Total petroleum deliveries (a measure of demand) rose half a percent in May over the same month last year to 18.5 million barrels per day, according to figures from the American Petroleum Institute (API).

US petroleum demand drops 5.7% in January on heating oil decline

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Alaskan production was up by 34%, and North Dakota production was also strong. Total petroleum deliveries (a measure of demand) fell 5.7% in January 2012 compared with January 2011 to just over 18 million barrels per day, according to figures from the American Petroleum Institute (API). Gasoline deliveries slipped 0.2%

Nebraska provides TransCanada with map identifying Sandhills Regions to be avoided in designing alternative route for Keystone XL pipeline

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TransCanada’s proposed Keystone XL project is designed to carry oil from Canada across Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas.

Norways Statoil to acquire Brigham Exploration for US$4.4B cash; entry into the US Bakken and Three Forks tight oil plays

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Brigham has drilled 88 consecutive producing North Dakota wells, with an average early 24 hour peak production rate of approximately 2,800 boe per day.

Pike Research forecasts US plug-in vehicle penetration rates to be highest in smaller states

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Scores ranged from 4.36, for Northern California, to 0.07 (effectively, a negative overall opinion) in North Dakota (1.0 North Carolina: 2.86. Pike forecasts that California, New York and Florida will post cumulative PEV vehicle sales between 2011 and 2017 of 366,099, 146,242, and 101,530 units, representing 5.4%, 3.7%, and 2.8%

NDPC study finds Bakken crude similar to other light sweet crudes, no greater rail transport risk

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Bakken crude is similar to other North American light, sweet crudes and does not pose a greater risk to transport by rail than other transportation fuels, according to a study recently completed by Turner, Mason & Company for the North Dakota Petroleum Council (NDPC). —Kari Cutting, vice president of the NDPC. to 11.8

Marathon to serve as anchor shipper for Bakken Sandpiper Project pipeline

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of the construction of the Sandpiper Project, which will become part of Enbridge Energy Partners’ North Dakota System when it is completed. It will expand and extend the Bakken takeaway capacity of the North Dakota System by 225,000 barrels per day (bpd) to a total of 580,000 bpd. MPC will fund 37.5% to Superior, Wis.

EIA: US crude oil imports in 2011 dropped to lowest level since 1999 as domestic oil production rose

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Purchases of imported crude oil have declined because US refiners had more supplies from domestic crude production to use, particularly higher oil output from Texas and North Dakota’s Bakken formation. US crude oil imports averaged 8.9 million barrels per day (bbl/d) in 2011, down 3.2% (0.3 million bbl/d) from the year before. Brief

EERC working with Fuel Cell Energy on $3.5M ARPA-E project for electrochemical cell to convert natural gas to methanol

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The University of North Dakota Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC) is working with FuelCell Energy, Inc., The EERC’s portion of the project is being funded through matching funds from the North Dakota Department of Commerce’s Research ND Program. Earlier post.) The Research ND award was a first for the EERC.

USDA: $210M to be invested in renewable fuel pump infrastructure through the Biofuel Infrastructure Partnership

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The 21 states participating in the BIP include Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. Brief

USGS to update Bakken Formation oil assessment based on new geological information; potential for greater recovery

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Assessment of Undiscovered Oil Resources in the Devonian-Mississippian Bakken Formation, Williston Basin Province, Montana and North Dakota, 2008.