David Shaffer

Reporter | Energy and business
Phone: 612-673-7090
David Shaffer is a veteran reporter and editor for the Star Tribune, with more than three decades of experience on daily newspapers.

Recent content from David Shaffer

N.D. sees second straight monthly drop in oil output

Low oil prices have reduced the pace of drilling for Bakken oil and gas, and more wells are being left uncompleted, awaiting better times.

Updated: April 15, 2015, - 09:28 AM

Judge supports Sandpiper pipeline in northern Minnesota

A PUC ruling is still ahead, but the opinion is a blow to environmentalists who oppose the Sandpiper project.

Updated: April 13, 2015, - 09:19 PM

Bird flu hits four more Minnesota farms, three new counties

Outbreak spreads to three more counties, with 13 farms affected in all

Updated: April 11, 2015, - 10:56 AM

Political divide emerges over Minnesota energy policy

House bill would let utilities decide which renewable energy sources are cheaper.

Updated: April 09, 2015, - 09:07 PM

Frac sand industry feels effects of low oil prices, less drilling

As drilling rigs go idle, ripple effect means Minnesota, Wisconsin mines expect shipments to drop significantly

Updated: April 07, 2015, - 01:21 PM

North Dakota rigs take a big hit from oil's steep fall

The number of oil-drilling rigs in North Dakota has fallen to the lowest level in six years, triggering an estimated 3,000-4,000 oil field job losses that could get worse, a top state official said Thursday.

Updated: April 06, 2015, - 10:14 PM

Xcel says two-year rate hike in Minnesota will be 6.1 percent

The overall electric rate increase is well short of earlier projections; specific rates for residential and businesses customers won’t be known for weeks.

Updated: March 31, 2015, - 05:39 AM

BNSF says it will slow speed of oil trains through Twin Cities

The new speed limit will be 35 miles per hour, down from 40 mph in the Twin Cities.

Updated: March 30, 2015, - 07:25 PM

Regulators approve rate hike for Xcel electric customers

Minnesota customers of Xcel Energy might get a slight refund on last year’s 4.6 percent interim electric rate hike, but...

Updated: March 30, 2015, - 01:35 PM

From this weekend: Enbridge says oil slowdown won't affect Minnesota pipeline projects

CEO Al Monaco sees no reduction in planned investments, and says Sandpiper and other oil pipeline projects are still needed.

Updated: March 30, 2015, - 11:41 AM

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