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Press Photo by Katherine Lymn Rail cars for crude oil sit idle in Dickinson on Thursday afternoon. Lynn Helms, director of the North Dakota Department of Mineral Resources, gave lawmakers an outlook for the oil industry, saying the state is “at about mile 50 in the Daytona 500.”

Top regulator says 90 percent of ND oil could move by rail next year

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Helms gives lawmakers outlook for oil industry, says state is ‘at about mile 50 in the Daytona 500’

BISMARCK – North Dakota’s top oil regulator said railcars could move up to 90 percent of the oil produced in the state next year as differences in crude prices make rail more lucrative for operators than shipping by pipeline.


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Mike Nowatzki
Mike Nowatzki reports for Forum News Service. He can be reached at (701) 255-5607.