the AP is reporting. don
BISMARCK, N.D. | The North Dakota Public Service Commission has slated a public hearing for a proposed electric transmission line in the southeastern part of the state.
The commission says the meeting is slated for April 1 in Ellendale.
The transmission line would be owned jointly by Otter Tail Power and Montana-Dakota Utilities Co.
The more than 150-mile line would run from the Big Stone South Substation near Big Stone City, S.D., to a proposed substation near Ellendale.
Only about nine miles of line would be located in North Dakota.
Hubbard county is in North Central MN, approx. 100 miles East of Fargo ND. The glaciers deposited sand./aggregate all over the county. This certifying is just a way of Limiting the number of active aggregate pits.. This action will surely increase the price of aggregate. this article is in Saturdays Park rapids enterprise don
Hubbard County will look into certifying up to 80 gravel pits so operators can bid for more work.
“We have 84 pits listed on the assessor’s tax list and there are some that are not on the tax list, state and county land pits,” county ag inspector Greg Hensel indicated to the board in a letter.
County commissioners, in frequent meetings with townships, have learned that some gravel pit operators are
barred from bidding certain work projects because they aren’t certified.
“We can’t eradicate weeds totally, but a certification process would take care of active weeds,” County Board Chair Kathy Grell said.
Some of those 80-some gravel pits are likely abandoned, she added. But with township interest, it’s an issue the county should give extra thought to.
Hensel indicated it would take 21 days for initial inspections and follow-ups of the pits to be certified.
Then owners must bear the cost of spraying for weeds. “Therefore the cost ranges from $150 - $7,000 depending on the pit,” Hensel added.
The commission will use a special work session next month to look into the matter. A pit would have to be enrolled for seven years in the program, gradually depleting the seed bank by not letting the weeds produce seeds.
The meeting is set for April 8 in the county boardroom
March 16 (Reuters) - Canadian oil and gas producer Encana Corporation is in advanced talks to sell its Wyoming natural gas field to private-equity firms Carlyle Group LP and NGP Energy Capital Management LLC for about $2 billion, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday, citing unnamed sources.
The company has been looking to sell its holdings in the so-called Jonah field as it shifts its focus away from natural gas to drilling for more valuable oil and natural gas liquids, the report said.
if DNR are NOT buying up their stock at this price, and announce at the First qtrly CC meeting they are NOT, then I am selling all I own.. don
from the march 13th news story. don
With the acquisition, the company’s consolidated capital expenditures forecast for 2014 is $1.189 billion, an increase from the estimate of $959 million included in the company’s press release dated Feb. 3. Forecasted equity requirements for the year are now $250 million to $300 million. Equity issuance levels are dependent, in part, on cash generated from sales of non-strategic assets. The equity will be used to fund accretive projects that provide long-term growth potential. These investments include rate base growth opportunities at the company’s utility segment, a diesel refinery project at the pipeline segment and the addition of a second rig in the Paradox Basin coupled with acquisition capital requirements at the exploration and production segment.
Midstates recently entered into a PSA for the sale of all of its ownership interest in developed and undeveloped acreage, totaling 3,907 gross (3,757 net) acres in the Pine Prairie field area in Evangeline Parish, Louisiana to a private buyer for a purchase price of $170 million, subject to customary purchase price adjustments. During January 2014, the properties produced approximately 2,000 Boe per day. The transaction does not include Midstates’ acreage and production in the Dequincy area of Beauregard Parish of western Louisiana, which produced approximately 2,400 Boe per day during January 2014, or its acreage associated with the Fleetwood 3-D seismic survey
We got to 60 yesterday, the snow melted like crazy.. saw first small flock ( 20 ) Canada Geese. they wont go much farther north, cause the snow is to deep to find feed..
The water lines are freezing into home in Owatonna MN, this is approx. 60 miles north of Iowa line.. lived in MN/ND all my life never remember that before.. Up north near Bemidji where I lived the frost is down 8+ ft..
going to be a SLOW cold summer around the great lakes.. the small lakes in eastern ND got close to 5 ft of ice on them..So the Home heating bills will be high for another 6-8 weeks..and every time the wind is from the NW off the great lakes Ohio, and PA will be cold..
buit hope reins eternal, even if we are to get 2-4 inch snow tonight.. don
Todays Bismarck tribune article. don
After a deadly virus affecting pigs was found in eastern North Dakota last week, the state has enacted additional requirements to prevent its spread as livestock show season approaches.
Porcine epidemic diarrhea virus, or PEDv, was confirmed in a swine herd in the eastern part of the state on Friday.
As a precaution, all pigs entering the state, except those being slaughtered, must have an interstate certificate of veterinary inspection, said State Veterinarian Susan Keller in a statement. Each of those brought in for breeding or feeder purposes must be officially identified.
Any pigs brought into the state for a livestock show must have both a permanent and an approved official use tag.
A certificate of veterinary inspection also will be required for pigs moving within the state, except those headed for slaughter.
PEDv causes severe diarrhea, dehydration, and vomiting in pigs. In newborn piglets from herds not previously exposed to PEDv, the mortality can be as high as 100 percent.
The virus only affects pigs and is not a threat to human health or food safety.
The virus has killed more than 4 million pigs in the U.S. in less than a year. It was first found in the U.S. in April 2013. It has now spread to 25 states.
Keller cautions anyone handling pigs to follow biosecurity measures to keep the virus from spreading.
“It is vitally important that people handling swine use proper biosecurity methods such as washing boots and clothing, and washing transport equipment,” she said.
Information on PEDv and biosecurity is available on the North Dakota State University website .
North Dakota sends about 500,000 piglets to other states each year to be fattened for market.
Hare . Here is his comment about Atlas.. don
attractive. one that's not done particularly well for us but we like this whole atlas energy complex which three mlps yields about 4.5%. sells big discount what we think the asset worth. atlas yields 8.5%. and atlas production yields about 11. we like halliburton and the oil service business. one that we've liked for a couple three years, i don't think it's a today stock, but the way i like to point out to people if everything you own is in a new high list, you're a momentum player. and everything you own is low list, you're out of business. so we like to have some mixture of new highs and some on the low list. of course we like to buy when they're
I think they will make a announcement on Monday of this Sale or what they are doing.. Then MPO has tues. to just deal with the earnings or lack of earnings.. don
billion cubic feet (Bcf) Year ago
(02/28/13) 5-Year average
Region 02/28/14 02/21/14 net change implied flow (Bcf) % change (Bcf) % change
East 525 607 -82 -82 933 -43.7 895 -41.3
West 190 217 -27 -27 346 -45.1 304 -37.5
Producing 481 524 -43 -43 825 -41.7 754 -36.2
Salt 88 96 -8 -8 193 -54.4 131 -32.8
Nonsalt 393 428 -35 -35 633 -37.9 623 -36.9
Total 1,196 1,348 -152 -152 2,104 -43.2 1,954 -38.8
Working gas in storage was 1,196 Bcf as of Friday, February 28, 2014, according to EIA estimates. This represents a net decline of 152 Bcf from the previous week. Stocks were 908 Bcf less than last year at this time and 758 Bcf below the 5-year average of 1,954 Bcf. In the East Region, stocks were 370 Bcf below the 5-year average following net withdrawals of 82 Bcf. Stocks in the Producing Region were 273 Bcf below the 5-year average of 754 Bcf after a net withdrawal of 43 Bcf. Stocks in the West Region were 114 Bcf below the 5-year average after a net drawdown of 27 Bcf. At 1,196 Bcf, total working gas is below the 5-year historical range.
I believe their are many share holders underwater on this stock, and will keep selling as it goes up , holding down the price....don
article in todays Bismarck tribune. don
BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota's Board of Animal Health is taking steps to control the spread of a new pig virus.
The virus known as PED was confirmed in a swine herd in eastern North Dakota Friday. The virus doesn't affect people or food, but it's killed more than 4 million pigs in the U.S.
The board is now requiring any pigs shipped into the state or within the state to have a health certificate stating there have been no clinical signs of PED or a similar virus known as TGE for the last two months on the premises where the pigs originated. State Veterinarian Susan Keller says the certificate must be signed by the pig owner and a veterinarian.
North Dakota Pork Council President Kevin Tyndall says the group supports the move.
I believe is 10.65 %.. can anyone verify this??? if not correct what is the correct rate of return on mdu regulated assets?? don
( this is excerpt from previous article that talked about buffet and his hunt for power )
Alliant, which had a 10.4 percent return on equity, distributes electricity and natural gas to 1.4 million homes and businesses in Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin.