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Western ND catching up after torrid growth rates

By Scott J. Meske, president, Williston Area Chamber of Commerce The City of Williston and western North Dakota has seen exponential growth the past five years due mainly to the harvesting of minerals beneath our prairies that still produce trainloads of grain and crops to feed our nation. In April…

Preserving our state’s resources

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By Jon Godfread, vice president for government affairs, Greater North Dakota Chamber As North Dakotans representing North Dakota businesses, we care deeply about the conservation of our state. With so many of our leading industries dependent upon the state’s abundant natural resources, caring for our “bread & butter” couldn’t be…

Plains All American Pipeline acquires Williston Basin crude oil terminal under construction

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Plains All American Pipeline, L.P. (NYSE: PAA) today announced Friday it has acquired Legion Terminals, LLC, which owns a crude oil terminal under construction in Johnson’s Corner, McKenzie County, N.D. The terminal, which is expected to be in service in Q3 2015, is strategically positioned to serve as a crude…

Pembina Pipeline Corporation to expand Vantage Pipeline

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Pembina Pipeline Corporation (TSX: PPL; NYSE: PBA) announced that it has entered into agreements to expand the Vantage pipeline system for an estimated capital cost of $85 million. The Vantage Expansion entails increasing Vantage’s mainline capacity from 40,000 barrels per day (“bpd”) to approximately 68,000 bpd through the addition of mainline…

When is 30-million barrels really 30 million barrels?

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By Chris Faulkner, CEO, Breitling Energy Corporation  2011 wasn’t one of OPEC’s better years.  In June, ministers from the 12-member Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) convened in Vienna for their bi-annual get-together with the proposition of hiking the consortium’s oil production output — at that time running about 28.8…

Kinder Morgan to acquire premier midstream position in Bakken

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Kinder Morgan, Inc. (NYSE: KMI) today announced a definitive agreement whereby KMI will acquire Hiland Partners (Hiland) from its founder, Harold Hamm, and certain Hamm family trusts, for a total purchase price of approximately $3 billion, including the assumption of debt. Hiland’s assets, which are mostly fee based, consist of crude…