Researcher: Broad-brush fracking regulations likely unneeded

Understanding differences in geology is probably the most important factor in preventing groundwater contamination from fracking, says Stephen Osborn, a researcher at Cal Poly Pomona. Like the EPA, he believes more research on the subject is needed.
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WPX CEO Muncrief adds chairman of the board to leadership roles

Rick Muncrief's leadership role at independent exploration and production firm WPX Energy increased this month after he was named board chairman.
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Statoil exits oil sands business

Statoil ASA is selling its Canadian Oil Sands business and assets for roughly $582 million to Athabasca Oil Corp. Paul Fulton, Statoil Canada president, said the Norwegian oil giant is selling the assets in order to redeploy the capital.
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Incoming ND Gov. Burgum backs Dakota Access completion

North Dakota's new governor, Doug Burgum, supports the completion of the Dakota Access Pipeline and expects federal aid in paying for the cost of protests. Sen. John Hoeven met with tribal chair Dave Archambault Monday to discuss a path forward.
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Bakken producer reports record well in Oklahoma

Continental Resources success in developing the SCOOP/STACK plays located in Oklahoma has reached record levels. The independent exploration and production company heavily involved in the Bakken shale has reported a record well.
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Training program grant awarded to Williston State College

Williston State College will receive a $230,763 workforce enhancement grant from the North Dakota Department of Commerce that will be used to provide additional training for lease operators, pumpers and personnel at drilling sites.
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