Big Tesoro Pipeline Spill in North Dakota

Sightline Daily

oil pipeline in a wheat field in northwestern North Dakota, the state Health Department said Thursday. 29 by a farmer harvesting wheat about nine miles north of Tioga. From the same folks who want to build a gargantuan oil-by-rail facility on the Columbia River, comes this news today: More than 20,000 barrels of crude oil have spewed out of a Tesoro Corp.

North Dakota Finds Itself Unprepared To Handle The Radioactive Burden Of Its Fracking Boom

Green (Living) Review

North Dakota recently discovered piles of garbage bags containing radioactive waste dumped by oil drillers in abandoned buildings. However, North Dakota has no facilities to process this level of radioactive waste. Now, the state is trying to catch up to an oil industry that produces an estimated 27 tons of radioactive debris from wells daily.


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Flaring Up in North Dakota, Natural Gas Emissions from Oil Production

Sierra Club Compass

Flaring of natural gas in McKenzie County, North Dakota. Oil production in North Dakota’s Bakken Shale formation has increased 40-fold between 2007 and mid-2013, from 18,500 to 760,000 barrels per day, according to a recent report by Ceres , a nonprofit organization focused on sustainability. Surpassing Alaska in May 2012, North Dakota became the second-largest oil producing state after Texas. Photo credit Tim Evanson.

Dirt to Soil: A Farmer’s Tell-all Puts Soil First

Nature Conservancy - Science

North Dakota farmer Gabe Brown’s journey to regenerative agriculture. From the Field Ideas Agriculture Our Nature Reads Soil Science

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Climate Change and the Future of Bison

Nature Conservancy - Science

Due to efforts to restore bison in North America, The Nature Conservancy has been instrumental in helping predict the future of bison. Approximately 500,000 bison and 100 million cattle graze grasslands in North America. That’s where the Conservancy’s work to restore bison across North America has been critical. The climate of Tallgrass Prairie Preserve in Oklahoma is 17°F hotter than at Cross Ranch in North Dakota.

The Green Buzz: Thursday, October 24

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Will EU Apply Carbon Tariffs Against US Rogue States?

Green Living Ideas

In five states 90% of the electricity comes from coal: Wyoming, North Dakota, West Virginia, Kentucky and Indiana. Tags: Alternative Energy News and Events 90% coal carbon tariffs copenhagen final document due January 31 France Indiana Kentucky North Dakota West Virginia Wyoming In Colorado it is 70%. A relatively few highly coal-dependent states is the reason that the overall American carbon footprint per capita is so much higher than Europeans.

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Oil Train Explosions: A Timeline in Pictures

Sightline Daily

At 7:15 this morning, yet another crude oil train erupted into an inferno, this time near a small town in central North Dakota. So, for the record, we’ve assembled here a pictorial timeline of North America’s bomb trains. Heimdal, North Dakota: May 6, 2015 The latest on the train derailment. Casselton, North Dakota: December 30, 2013. Destroyed Oil Tank Cars In North Dakota Derailment by Ann Arbor Miller/Greenpeace (license) (Used with permission.)

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Low Oil Prices = Less Oil Drilling

Sightline Daily

Drilling activity in North Dakota, home of the oil-rich Bakken Shale, shot through the roof, catapulting the Flickertail State (yes, that’s an actual nickname for North Dakota) into the #2 oil producing state in the country, second only to Texas. Within a few months, US prices had fallen below $50 per barrel, and oil drilling activity in North Dakota collapsed. North Dakota oil drilling collapsed after oil prices fell.

Daily Demand and Supply: Farmers make teaching econ 101 easy

Environmental Economics

farmers from Louisiana to North Dakota are preparing to switch more land to soybeans as they seek to limit losses from a slumping corn market. While corn remains the biggest domestic crop, prices have tumbled so much after two years of record harvests that the grain fetches less than it costs some farmers to produce.

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Independence Day 2030

Environmental Economics

Thanks to a b urst of new shale oil production in states like North Dakota and Texas—as well as conservation measures like increased auto fuel efficiency—U.S. oil imports will keep falling, and by around 2030 North America as a whole will become a net oil exporter. oil imports have been falling , with the country now bringing in just 20% of its energy from beyond its borders.

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Prii* Problems

Environmental Economics

The states with the highest percentage of electricity coming from coal, according to the Department of Energy, are West Virginia, Wyoming, Ohio, North Dakota, and Illinois. 'Because electric vehicles, on average, generate greater environmental externalities than gasoline vehicles, the current federal policy has greater deadweight loss than the no-subsidy policy,' the [NBER authors] write. 'It's

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"With Energy Prices Down, Western States See Recession-Like Cuts"

Environmental Economics

Thanks to a boom in energy production several years ago, states such as Alaska, North Dakota, and Wyoming were among the leaders in post-recession higher-education spending, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. And in North Dakota, where the development of the Bakken Shale helped establish the state as one of the most financially stable in the nation, 500 jobs were eliminated along with 6.5

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When was the last time you saw "permanent income hypothesis" in the news?

Environmental Economics

Today: While few outside of Texas and North Dakota are complaining about this huge savings that consumers have enjoyed since energy prices began falling last summer, economists have been stumped recently trying to figure out exactly what consumers are doing with the windfall.

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"Stagnant Economy Forcing More Americans To Take Jobs As Infrastructure"

Environmental Economics

Additionally, we found that Americans are inclined to relocate to secure gainful work, as reflected by the trend of unemployed citizens of the Upper Midwest and Plains States moving to North Dakota in the hopes of finding work as fiber-optic cables.

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Oil Trains: What You Should Be Reading

Sightline Daily

With the recent blow-up in North Dakota last week, it seems everyone is (finally) paying attention to the risks of oil train explosions. Among the damming findings: A four-month investigation by The Globe and Mail found the oil being shipped from the Bakken region – which straddles North Dakota, and parts of Manitoba and Saskatchewan – is far more volatile than regulators and railways believed. Screen shot of BBC footage of ND oil train explosion.

"Job creation shuffle"

Environmental Economics

Then there are people who are displaced by the new jobs created – the coal miners who worked for the mine that is shut down; the workers at the incandescent light bulb plant; the fracking oil drillers in North Dakota laid off when cheaper crude from the tar sands is carried to market by the Keystone XL; or the workers who would have carried that same oil by rail if the Keystone weren’t built.

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Why Bakken Oil Explodes

Sightline Daily

The warning came after tank cars carrying Bakken oil exploded in three separate railroad accidents in Alabama, North Dakota, and Quebec. Based on preliminary inspections conducted after recent derailments in North Dakota, Alabama, and Lac-Megantic, Quebec involving Bakken crude oil, PHMSA is reinforcing the requirement to properly test, characterize, classify, and where appropriate sufficiently degasify hazardous materials prior to and during transportation.

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Waste not, want not

Environmental Economics

From the inbox: Every day across the western half of North Dakota 100 million cubic feet of natural gas is deliberately burned by oil companies rushing to extract oil from the Bakken shale field and take advantage of the high price of crude. The gas bubbles up alongside the oil, and with less economic incentive to capture it, the drillers treat the gas as waste and simply burn it. Here is the caption on slide 3 of 5: At a well site near Stanley, N.D.,

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I don't even have time to read this morning

Environmental Economics

Using new technology and spurred by rising oil prices since the mid-2000s, the industry is extracting millions of barrels more a week, from the deepest waters of the Gulf of Mexico to the prairies of North Dakota. Recommended reading ( Inching Toward Energy Independence in America ): Across the country, the oil and gas industry is vastly increasing production, reversing two decades of decline.

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Keystone Pipeline leaks 383,000 gallons of crude oil, renewing debate on its expansion


This particular oil leak occurred with the Keystone 1 Pipeline that runs in the northeast region of North Dakota. No sources of drinking water were affected by the leak, according to North Dakota regulators. This recent leak in North Dakota was not part of the Keystone XL extension project, which, incidentally, is not yet fully operational. Business Eco Green cabin design environment floating cabins keystone pipeline leak leak news niger north oil leak

Google Makes Major Investment Into Renewables

Eco Friendly Daily

These projects will be located in North Dakota and developed by NextEra Energy Resources. Google has not stated any intention to build data centers in North Dakota to be powered by the wind farms, however. One of the fastest growing energy sectors in the world is wind energy. Both traditional wind farms and offshore wind farms are growing in number around the world.

Deer Advisor: Help for Communities Grappling with Abundant Deer Populations

Nature Conservancy - Science

Dr. Daniel Decker, professor and director of the Human Dimensions Research Unit at Cornell University’s Department of Natural Resources, and Dr. Meredith Cornett, director of conservation science at The Nature Conservancy in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota, shed some light on the issue communities are facing and how the new tool can help them find solutions.

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Gas Flaring Emissions On Rise

Eco Friendly Daily

exploration for shale oil in the state of North Dakota has subsequently added the U.S. Exploration for shale oil in North Dakota is being pointed to for the recent rise in gas flaming globally according to the World Bank, a statistic which had declined in 2006 with little increases since. Gas is an extremely popular form of energy and is growing in popularity, especially due to decreasing natural gas prices.

Fracking Studies Reveal Need for Standard Reporting Requirements on Spills

Nature Conservancy - Science

The most recent study , published today in Environmental Science and Technology , examined state-level spills data to characterize the frequency and cause of spills associated with hydraulically fractured or “fracked” wells at 31,481 wells in Colorado, New Mexico, North Dakota and Pennsylvania. North Dakota reported the highest spill rate, with 4,453 incidents, followed by Pennsylvania at 1,293, Colorado at 476 and New Mexico at 426.

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USA Fracking Will Top Saudi Oil Production in Five Years

Green Prophet

According to CBS News , the report says rebounding US oil and gas production and increasing light tight oil and shale gas resources are “steadily changing the role of North America in global energy trade,” speeding up redirection of international oil trade from the Middle East toward Asia. Environmentally controversial fracking is a critical part of recovering oil in North Dakota.

Oil Trains: The Industry Speaks for Itself

Sightline Daily

It’s hard not to feel horrified when, one after another, we register the place names of oil train explosions— Aliceville, Alabama ; Casselton, View Post North Dakota; Lynchburg, Virginia —as grim warnings of what could happen in so many other North American communities. A year and a half after an oil train inferno ended 47 lives in Lac-Megantic, Quebec , the crude-by-rail industry rolls on, virtually unimpeded.

Six Pictures that Illustrate the Staggering Growth in Oil by Rail

Sightline Daily

Trains have come to play an increasingly large role in North American oil transport over the last several years. Domestic and international movement of crude by rail (thousands of barrels received per month), by US EIA The vast majority of crude oil by rail originates in the Midwest, primarily western North Dakota.

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Stopping A Pipeline Before It Starts

Environmental News Network

The oil, which was extracted by fracking, is originally from North Dakota’s Bakken Shale. Two weeks ago I attended a local Sierra Club meeting as follow up to the People’s Climate March. The meeting covered a range of topics from the actual attendance of the march (in the 400,000s), to affordable solar panel options like Solar City, and the governor of our fine states decision to remove us from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.

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Oil Train Explodes in Alabama

Sightline Daily

Oil trains carrying the same type of oil—from the Bakken formation in western North Dakota—regularly travel through downtown Seattle and many other major population centers in the Northwest. Reuters is reporting that an oil train derailed in Alabama earlier today resulting in a huge explosion that sent flames 300 feet into the sky. No injuries are reported so far. Early accounts say that 20 cars derailed and 11 were still on fire as of 3 pm Eastern time.

Hell on rails: West Virginia burning after crude oil train derailment

Green Blog

A CSX train, hauling 107 tank car loads of Bakken Shale crude oil from North Dakota to a transportation terminal in Yorktown, Virginia, derailed in Adena Village near Mount Carbon and Deepwater West Virginia about 1:30 p.m. Bakken crude has shown to be a volatile form of crude requiring highly flammable chemicals in its transport from North Dakota and other shale gas and oil fields.

1 Million Barrels a Day, 100 Trains a Week

Sightline Daily

The projects are largely designed to transport and handle light shale oil from the Bakken oil formation in North Dakota, but the infrastructure could also be used to export heavy Canadian oil. And on the Columbia River, two facilities in Oregon are already receiving oil-by-rail shipments, while two more in Washington are seeking permits to receive loaded crude oil trains, including plans for the largest such facility anywhere in North America.

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Washington’s Oil: Where Does it Come From and Where Does it Go?

Sightline Daily

As the Ecology report explains, fuels refined in Washington—mainly at the four refineries indicated by red triangles in north Puget Sound—travel along the Olympic Pipeline to terminals located nearby and to Portland. Starting in late 2012, oil began arriving by rail from the Bakken formation in North Dakota. Since then, all five of Washington’s refineries have either begun receiving oil trains from North Dakota or have plans to do so.

The Dirt on Tesoro

Sightline Daily

One facility, 4,000 clean air violations : The EPA says that Tesoro violated the Clean Air Act no fewer than 4,000 times at a single refinery in North Dakota and hundreds more times at other refinery locations. Fidalgo Island Oil Refinery near Anacortes, WA by 24hourmoon, cc We’re releasing a new report profiling oil company Tesoro’s track record of flouting safety rules, injuring workers, obstructing safety investigations, toxic air pollution, and meddling in politics.

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Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library to honor conservation and community


After the passing of his wife and mother, Theodore Roosevelt traveled to the Badlands of North Dakota. Eco Green badlands community ecosystem innovation landscape mountain north parking swan time

Hotter is the new normal in the US, says NOAA


There are exceptions, such as Fargo, North Dakota, which got one-tenth of a degree cooler. degrees in Chicago and Asheville, North Carolina, compared to 10 years ago. Green a-full-degree adaptive-reuse climate change drought implementation north north-carolina urban developmentNOAA has just released its newest U.S. Climate Normals. This report comes out every 10 years and charts 30-year averages of weather for places around the U.S.

An example of the dangers of an unregulated extractive monopoly

Environmental Economics

No authority challenged the wisdom of investments like the billions it has spent here in the Chicontepec oil field to extract just a trickle of petroleum even as private companies have pulled torrents from similar shale rock in Texas and North Dakota. From the New York Times : For seven decades, Pemex, Mexico’s state-owned oil monopoly and a mainstay of the government’s revenue, regulated itself — which is a polite way of saying it could do pretty much as it pleased.

Weekend Reading 6/26/15

Sightline Daily

I recommend this PBS Newshour special on “ Why North Dakota Oil Fields are so Deadly for Workers.” Kristin. Two of may favorite things recently came together: Tim Urban of WaitButWhy and Elon Musk, of, you know, the future of humanity. Tim has now written about Musk , and Tesla (warning, this article is seriously a small book), solar energy , and hyperloop. HYPERLOOP!

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Event: “Risky Business” Community Forum

Sightline Daily

Recent oil train explosions in Alabama and Lac-Megantic, still not fully disclosed oil spills in North Dakota, and other incidents remind us of the risks that oil exports could mean for the Northwest as more oil is transported along the Columbia River, across the Puget Sound, and through the outer coast. Westbound oil train, Essex, MT. Photo by Roy Luck.

Industry to Feds: “We Will Not Remove Any Unsafe Oil Rail Cars from Service”

Sightline Daily

Under questioning from Senators about the wisdom of continuing to use older unsafe tank cars to haul crude oil—especially the very volatile crude coming out of North Dakota—the American Petroleum Institute representative testified that tank cars built to the newer standard, called “CPC 1232″ would make up “ sixty percent [of the oil tank car fleet] by the end of 2015.” “We will not remove any unsafe oil rail cars from service.”

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The Northwest’s Pipeline on Rails

Sightline Daily

The projects are designed to transport fuel from the Bakken oil formation in North Dakota, but the infrastructure could also be used to export Canadian tar sands oil. Sightline is releasing a new report: The Northwest’s Pipeline on Rails. It’s the first comprehensive look at the nearly one dozen plans that have emerged since 2012 to ship crude oil by train to Northwest refineries and port terminals. Westbound oil train, Essex, MT. Photo credit Roy Luck.

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US Oil Train Trends: Four Basic Pictures

Sightline Daily

times as many oil railcars as the first quarter of 2012: In North Dakota, home to the majority of Bakken oil extraction and originator of most oil trains, the growth in crude oil shipments has been staggering, growing more than sixfold in a little over a year: Chart from “Moving Crude Oil By Rail,” a report from the American Association of Railroads,

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Warren Buffett Really Likes Oil Trains

Sightline Daily

In the months that followed, Lac-Mégantic became a rallying cry, a bloody shirt waved by activists across North America who were growing increasingly concerned about a relatively new phenomenon: ultra-long trains loaded with a peculiar variety of crude oil. In December 2013, an oil train struck a grain train outside Fargo, North Dakota. The revolution started in the shale beneath western North Dakota, a region known as the Bakken formation.

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