Just a few months after existing Chapter 11 bankruptcy, Oasis Petroleum is buying up all of Diamondback Energy’s Bakken assets, adding about 95,000 acres to its already extensive Bakken Portfolio in an all-cash deal valued at around $745 million.
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First off let me clarify - safety does not stink. Still, many in our industry operate under the assumption that safety leaders are either working against them, or at best, are “just doing their job” to keep them safe. Our intentions aside, we have a long way to go until the majority of our w…
During the pandemic, Continental went with a gas-weighted profile, but now, with supply-demand curves balancing, it’s planning to flip that ratio around.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Monday, May 3 said its opposition to an injunction forcing Dakota Access to shut down still stands, and that plaintiffs have not met applicable standards for such an order.
North Dakota’s drought is not only devastating for agriculture, it is also complicating things for the state’s oil and gas industry.
Propane shortages during grain-drying season are common in North Dakota, but there may be a novel solution for it that’s good for both the oil and gas and agriculture sectors.
Equinor has signed its exit papers from the Bakken with the completion of a sale announced in February to Grayson Mill Energy.
First off let me clarify — safety does not stink. Still, many in our industry operate under the assumption that safety leaders are either working against them, or at best, are “just doing their job” to keep them safe. Our intentions aside, we have a long way to go until the majority of our w…
A federal judge has batted the Dakota Access ball back to the Biden administration.
A drilling ban on federal lands and waters through 2030 would mean a million American jobs lost by 2022, according to an analysis by the American Petroleum Institute. It would also fuel a shift away from U.S. energy sources to foreign ones, lead to increased carbon dioxide emissions, and red…
The impact of shutting Dakota Access down is “modest and manageable,” Standing Rock Sioux and other tribes said in court documents filed late Friday in round two of their efforts to force DAPL to cease operation.
Dakota Access has lost its bid for an appeal of a decision that vacated their permits last year and required more environmental study of the crossing 90 feet under Lake Oahe.
The MHA Nation has taken center stage in the ongoing Dakota Access fight. A sworn statement from its Chairman Mark Fox is Exhibit No. 1 in DAPL's updated estimate of economic harms caused by the pipeline ceasing operation.
If you could picture safety’s role in the industry, chances are you’d picture something like this.
The $1.6 billion budget is nearing the finish line. So far it includes some funding for Highway 85, a $50 million loan authorization from the bank of North Dakota to four-lane an 11-mile section of the route from Watford City south to the new Long X bridge.
The North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality has been notified of a source water spill resulting from a pipeline leak in Bowman County. The pipeline is operated by Denbury Onshore LLC.
Letters from the MHA nation and North Dakota seek continuity of operations for Dakota Access have been handed to President Joe Biden personally by North Dakota Senator John Hoeven. The letters show how increasingly delicate the pipeline situation has become politically for the Biden Administration.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers upset environmental and tribal groups during an April 9 status hearing when it chose not to take a stand for shutting down the Dakota Access pipeline while it undergoes more court-ordered environmental review.
A landowners group is deciding whether to fight an underground storage bill that is on Gov. Doug Burgum's desk. Advocates say the bill is needed to attract a petrochemicals industry to North Dakota.
A Bakken-born nonprofit is already on the leading edge of national efforts to plug old and abandoned oil wells. The Well Done Foundation, started by former Red River Oil manager Curtis Schuck is plugging its fifth well for Earth Day. It's also among stakeholders talking to the Biden administration about how to structure $16 billion in the President's infrastructure proposal.
Among the proposals floating around at the nation’s capitol right now for dealing with the nation’s orphaned well problem is one from U.S. Senators Kevin Cramer, R-N.D. and Ben Ray Luján, D-N.M. that is attracting support from across the aisles.
North Dakota’s top oil and gas regulator attributed a larger than expected drop in the state’s oil and natural gas production to the Texas energy crisis that occurred in February.
A Dakota Access shut-in would likely mean a 400,000 barrel per day shut-in for North Dakota oil production at least temporarily, oil and gas regulators said Thursday afternoon during North Dakota’s monthly oil production report.
Arrow Midstream will pay $106,500 for two spills into tributaries of Lake Sakakawea that occurred on the Fort Berthold Reservation in September of 2019.
It’s no secret energy production is crucial to North Dakota’s economy. As the state looks into the future, it is essential to understand how the energy landscape is changing. There is significant pressure from the new Presidential administration and states around the nation to only purchase …
Calgary-based Enerplus is expanding its already sizable footprint in the Bakken with a $312 million cash acquisition from Hess Bakken.
Among top priorities for Sen. John Hoeven right now is working behind the scenes to assure uninterrupted operation of the Dakota Access pipeline while a court-ordered Environmental Impact Statement is being prepared.
Teams competing in the 2021 Chili Cook-off for the Williston Basin chapter of the American Petroleum Institute raised 45,000 for community causes this year.
Staring down the barrel of a Biden administration, the American Petroleum Institute recently unveiled what it called a “middle of the road” strategy for mitigating climate change in a world that’s still going to continue to need a viable oil and gas industry well into the future.
Native American tribes have been the driving force behind efforts to shut down the Dakota Access pipeline, but now a Native American tribe has come forward in support of continuing its operation.
Saltier than the sea, the Bakken’s produced water has long been a problem for oil and gas companies in the nation’s No. 2 oil play. But sometimes with problems come opportunities in disguise.
Oasis Petroleum is selling its interests in key gathering line infrastructure to its midstream company, a move that company executives say both simplifies the structure of Oasis Petroleum, while boosting the competitiveness and scale of its affiliate, Oasis Midstream Partners.
North Dakota’s mineral owners are squaring off against oil companies in court, with a series of lawsuits that take a multi-million swing at rising — and plaintiffs say improper — royalty deductions.
No one knows for sure how long oil and gas leases on federal lands will be on hold, but the hearings to begin the Biden administration’s study of them are set to begin March 25 with public forums to gather comments.
The corridor for a 27-mile gathering line that Bridger Pipeline Company wants to convert to a 29.4-mile transmission line lies inside an area where North Dakota Geological Survey data show 17 landslides have previously occurred. The company answered numerous questions about the potential for…
Montana and Texas are leading a 21-state coalition that seeks to block the Biden administration’s cancellation of Keystone XL’s border crossing permit. Other states in the suit include North and South Dakota, as well as Wyoming and Nebraska.
Bridger Pipeline, a subsidiary of True Companies, is seeking to place a new transmission line in McKenzie County, which the company says in its permit application could be a “vital part of an alternate route out of North Dakota in the event of a shutdown of other pipelines leaving the Willis…
Better oil prices have prompted ConocoPhillips to resume a shuttered share-repurchase program at an accelerated pace, according to a media release the company sent out Wednesday morning.
Two orphaned wells that were just plugged in Montana are the latest of seven wells on track to be plugged by the Well Done Foundation, a relatively new nonprofit that’s led by an old, familiar face in the Bakken.