Halliburton, Baker Hughes shareholders overwhelmingly approve merger


(Bakken.com)

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


(Reuters)

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


(INFORUM)

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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North Dakota might challenge new federal hydraulic fracturing rule


(PennEnergy)

The Obama administration is requiring companies that drill for oil and gas on federal lands to disclose chemicals used in the hydraulic fracturing drilling technique. A final rule released Friday also updates requirements for well construction and disposal of water and other fluids. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management rule, under consideration for more than three years, takes effect in June.
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North Dakota: An ideal model for flaring?


(Bakken.com)

Wyomingites may look to North Dakota for inspiration in solving the state’s ongoing dispute over natural gas flaring, according to The Billings Gazette.
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