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. North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple and other ethanol backers announced the availability of E15 at the Petro Serve USA’s Bismarck fueling and retail store on Divide Avenue.

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. An editorial in The Forum of Fargo-Moorehead blasted the North Dakota natural-gas industry for wasting valuable resources through flaring

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

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One of two new small (20,000 bbl/d each) refineries being built in North Dakota broke ground this week, the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) noted in a brief. The Dakota Prairie facility is scheduled to be built in 20 months.

DOE awards U of North Dakota $2.5M to sample and characterize coal-based resources containing rare earth elements

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The US Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy (FE) and the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) announced that the University of North Dakota has been awarded a 2-year, $1.5-million contract to sample and characterize US coal-based resources containing high concentrations of rare earth elements (REEs).

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. There are more than 41,000 flexible-fuel vehicles (FFVs) registered in North Dakota.

EIA: North Dakota oil production reached new high of 770K bpd in 2012; transported by trucks and railroads

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North Dakota crude oil production (including lease condensate) averaged an all-time high of 770,000 barrels per day in December 2012, according to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA). Oil and gas wells in North Dakota.

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. Construction of a 965-kilometer (600-mile) 24-inch diameter line (Sandpiper Project) from Beaver Lodge, North Dakota, to the Superior, Wisconsin, Terminal. Enbridge Inc.

Badlands NGL to develop $4B plant in North Dakota to convert ethane from Bakken NGLs into polyethylene

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Badlands NGL, LLC, announced the development of a North Dakota manufacturing plant that will convert ethane (C 2 H 6 ), a byproduct of natural gas processing, into polyethylene, which is used to make a wide variety of end-use consumer and industrial plastics. Badlands NGL, LLC, and its partners expect to invest $4 billion to build the polyethylene manufacturing facility in North Dakota.

Quantum Energy and Bilfinger Westcon partner to develop multiple refineries in the North Dakota-Montana Bakken formation

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Bilfinger Westcon is currently constructing a diesel refinery project in Dickinson, North Dakota expected to be completed around the end of this year. is a development-stage, publicly traded, diversified holding company with offices in Williston, North Dakota. Quantum Energy, Inc. entered into a strategic alliance with Bilfinger Westcon Inc.,

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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Natural gas production in North Dakota has more than doubled since 2005, largely due to associated natural gas from the growing oil production in the Bakken shale formation. North Dakota gas production: marketed, not marketed, and percentage not marketed.

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. North Dakota is the fourth-largest oil producer in the United States, exceeded only by Texas, Alaska, and California.

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. An important part of the growth stems from its 2011 acquisition of holdings in the Bakken and Three Forks oil plays in North Dakota.

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? Tags: Environmental Politics carbon producers climate change environment Senator Dorgan Senator Baucus North Dakota Maine Montana Senator Tester Senator Conrad Senator Stowe Senator Collins Senator Boxer Senator Feinstein

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., triacylglyceride oils, TGs) into chemicals that can be used as replacements for petroleum transportation fuels.

Opinion: The Dark Side Of The Shale Bust

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Oil production in North Dakota has exploded over the last five years, from negligible levels before 2010 to well over a million barrels per day, making North Dakota the second largest oil producing state in the country. By Nick Cunningham of Oilprice.com.

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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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Five states (Texas, North Dakota, California, Alaska, and Oklahoma) and the Gulf of Mexico supplied more than 80%, or 6 million barrels per day, of the crude oil (including lease condensate) produced in the United States in 2013, according to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA).

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

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billion miles of 19 states—Alaska, Arkansas, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Maine, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, Wyoming – and Washington, D.C. US driving topped 2.4

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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. You’d be certifiably crazy to not stop and

NETL says rare earth recovery projects meeting and exceeding expectations

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The University of North Dakota (bench-scale project) achieved 2% REE concentration at 35% REE recovery using North Dakota lignite coal.

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Study finds air pollution and GHG costs of crude-by-rail nearly 2x pipeline costs; much larger than spill and accidents costs

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The study estimated that the air pollution and greenhouse gas costs of moving a fully loaded 100-car train (unit train) of crude oil from North Dakota to the Gulf Coast are about $150,000 and from North Dakota to the East Coast are $210,000.

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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 growth of crude oil production in the Bakken region is part of a longer-term trend in drilling efficiency gains and has led North Dakota to rank second in crude oil production in the United States, behind only Texas.

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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The geological foundation that underpins the assessment was facilitated by data provided by the North Dakota Geological Survey, North Dakota Industrial Commission, Montana Board of Oil and Gas, and multiple industry groups working in this region.

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Fuso eCanter electric truck uses John Deere PD400 Inverter

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The traction motor, PD400 inverter, and the reference vehicle cooling system were assembled at JDES labs in Fargo, North Dakota. John Deere Electronic Solutions’ (JDES) PD400 inverter is a key component in the Fuso eCanter fully electric truck. Earlier post.)

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Raw video of explosion after W Va. oil train derailment and fire

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Monday afternoon, a CSX oil train (109 cars, two locomotives, carrying Bakken crude from North Dakota) derailed in West Virginia, resulting in a fire, with an as yet unspecified number of cars rupturing and exploding. WVNS earlier reported that firefighters with the Boomer Fire Department said that there have been at least six explosions in connection with the fire.

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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. In an update released today, CSX said that approximately 25 tank cars derailed yesterday in West Virgina ( earlier post ): 20 were involved in subsequent fires. The derailment site. Photo, office of Gov. Tomblin. Click to enlarge.

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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. Marathon Petroleum Corporation and Enbridge Energy Partners, L.P. announced that MPC will serve as an anchor shipper for the Sandpiper Project pipeline in the Bakken shale.

EIA: Permian region expected to drive US crude oil production growth through 2019

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Although the Bakken region is geographically large, spanning approximately 200,000 square miles in North Dakota and Montana, it contains fewer identified producing formations and is significantly more affected by winter weather than the Permian.

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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. Texas oil production last year reached its highest level since 1997, and North Dakota appears to have pushed past California in December as the third biggest oil producing state.

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). The first compared the quality of the crude as loaded in North Dakota to the quality at discharge, more than 1,500 miles (2,414 km) away.

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.

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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.

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

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The US Geological Survey will update its 2008 estimate of undiscovered, technically recoverable oil and gas in the US portion of the Bakken Formation, an important domestic petroleum resource located in North Dakota and Montana.

EIA: rail delivery of US oil and petroleum products continues to increase, but rate slower; 1.37M barrels per day

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The surge in crude oil production from North Dakota, where there is not enough pipeline capacity to move supplies, accounts for a large share of the increased deliveries of oil by rail.

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DOE invests $17.4M in projects to advance recovery of rare earth elements from coal and coal byproducts

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The following two bench-scale projects were selected under area of interest 1: The University of North Dakota Institute for Energy Studies will use North Dakota sub-bituminous lignite coal and coal-related material as feedstock to test their REE recovery system. The US Department of Energy (DOE) selected four projects to move on to a second phase of research in their efforts to advance recovery of rare earth elements (REE) from coal and coal byproducts. Earlier post.)

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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.

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DOE awarding ~$44M to seven carbon capture projects

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University of North Dakota. Initial Engineering, Testing, and Design of a Commercial-Scale, Post-Combustion CO 2 Capture System on an Existing Coal-Fired Generating Unit The University of North Dakota will design and determine the cost of installing a post-combustion CO 2 capture system at the Milton R.

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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.

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EIA: US proved oil reserves up for 5th year in a row; N Dakota proved oil reserves surpass Gulf of Mexico

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At the state level, North Dakota led in additions of oil reserves (adding almost 2 billion barrels of proved oil reserves in 2013, a 51% increase from 2012) because of development of the Bakken and Three Forks formations in the Williston Basin. North Dakota’s proved oil reserves surpassed those of the federal offshore Gulf of Mexico for the first time in 2013. US crude oil proved reserves increased for the fifth year in a row in 2013, a net addition of 3.1

DOE funding boost for coal-based power generation

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Universities in Georgia, California, Louisiana, Texas, North Dakota and New York will benefit from more than $3.3million for advanced turbine technology [.]. Seven universities have picked up a significant funding boost from the US Department of Energy in an effort to investigate the technology needed for turbines using coal-derived synthesis gas and high hydrogen content fuels.

New Argonne-developed tool helps car buyers compare electric-drive and traditional vehicles

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States currently covered by the new tool are Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, Wisconsin. Consumers in seven US Midwest states seeking information about plug-in electric and hybrid vehicles now have access to a new-vehicle purchase guidance tool created by Argonne National Laboratory. The tool was created as a part of an innovative clean-vehicle program recently launched in the Midwest.

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DOE awarding $6.5M to 9 large-scale Phase I pilot coal projects

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University of North Dakota Energy and Environmental Research Center. The University of North Dakota Energy and Environmental Research Center (EERC) will lead a team to design, build, and operate a direct-fired, supercritical CO 2 cycle pilot plant. The US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy (FE) and the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) have selected nine projects to receive approximately $6.5

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BNSF expands Bakken oil rail transport capacity to 1M barrels per day; overcoming shortage of pipeline capacity

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BNSF Railway (BNSF) has increased capacity in 2012 to enable the railroad to haul one million barrels of oil per day out of the Williston Basin in North Dakota and Montana. BNSF connects to 16 of the top 19 oil producing counties in Central and Western North Dakota, and five of the six oil producing counties in Eastern Montana. BNSF is investing $197 million in 2012 on projects in North Dakota and Montana.

EERC Foundation Receives Patent Application Approval for On-Demand Hydrogen Fueling System

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The US Patent and Trademark Office has issued the Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC) Foundation in Grand Forks, North Dakota, allowance for a patent application on a high-pressure production process for reforming liquid fuels, such as ethanol, methanol, and gasoline, to hydrogen for vehicle fueling.