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Chinese firm surpasses Exxon in oil production

March 29, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Exxon Mobil is no longer the world’s biggest publicly traded producer of oil. For the first time, that distinction belongs to a 13-year-old Chinese company called PetroChina. The Beijing company was created by the Chinese government to secure more oil for that nation’s booming economy. Continue Reading

Exxon Mobil agrees to $1.6M penalty

January 19, 2012 in The Dickinson Press

An oil spill crew worker for Oil Mop Emergency Response steps out of a ring of absorbent pads July 11 along a flood plain of the Yellowstone River where oil was found collected near Laurel, Mont. Exxon Mobil agreed Thursday to pay the state of Montana $1.6 million in penalties over water pollution caused by this pipeline break last summer that fouled dozens of miles of shoreline along the scenic Yellowstone River, a state official said. Continue Reading

Higher prices boost Big Oil third quarter profits

October 27, 2011 in The Dickinson Press

Higher oil prices have masked a slowdown in production among the biggest oil companies.
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Apple Inc., albeit briefly, passes Exxon as U.S. most valuable company

August 9, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

The iPhone and iPad maker had the lead for much of the afternoon before its stock closed just behind Exxon’s. The two companies are so close that Apple is likely to keep the top spot soon. Continue Reading

Cause of Yellowstone oil spill remains unknown

July 14, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

It likely will be months before investigators know what caused an ExxonMobil pipeline to rupture near Billings, Mont., unleashing crude oil into the Yellowstone River, a federal safety official said Thursday. Continue Reading

N.D.: No oil in state’s rivers from Montana oil spill

July 10, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

North Dakota officials say test results confirmed Friday that rivers in the northwestern part of the state have not been affected by an oil pipeline rupture July 1 in the Yellowstone River near Billings, Mont. Continue Reading

N.D.: No oil in state’s rivers from Montana oil spill

July 10, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

North Dakota officials say test results confirmed Friday that rivers in the northwestern part of the state have not been affected by an oil pipeline rupture July 1 in the Yellowstone River near Billings, Mont. Continue Reading

Montana, Exxon Mobil split over river oil spill

July 8, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer has decided Exxon Mobil and the state don’t make good roommates after nearly a week of working together in close quarters to clean up an estimated 42,000 gallons of crude oil released into the Yellowstone River. Continue Reading

Air, soil, wells near Mont. oil spill to be tested

July 7, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Indoor air, cropland soils and residential wells downstream of a Yellowstone River oil spill will be tested for contamination after residents raised concerns about hazards from the tens of thousands of gallons of crude that poured into the watercourse, the Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday. Continue Reading

PIPELINE BREAK: Residents near oil-smeared Yellowstone River shoreline raise concerns

July 6, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

People living near the oil-smeared shoreline of Montana’s Yellowstone River are raising concerns about the risks and damage from a pipeline break that sent tens of thousands of gallons of crude into the watercourse. Continue Reading