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After each legislative biennium, there are invariably rule changes that the Division of Oil and Gas works through, and this time is no different. The big ticket item in the proposed 2022 rule changes stem from Senate Bill 2065, which created the ability for the North Dakota Industrial Commis…

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The legal battle will continue for Andeavor’s Tesoro High Plains crude oil system for the foreseeable future, after the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a lower court decision dismissing a class action suit filed by landowners over claims of trespass.

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Oasis Petroleum has been undergoing a transformation under the leadership of its new CEO Danny Brown. One of the key elements that’s giving that transformation economic teeth has been the increasing use of three-mile laterals. Not only is that spacing wells further apart, but it’s resulting …

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The North Dakota Oil and Gas Division was notified of a release occurring Wednesday, Sept. 8 at the Gunslinger Federal 3-12-1H well, about 14 miles northwest of Keene, North Dakota.

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A methane fee that is divorced from actual emissions is raising alarm bells with a broad swath of businesses across the energy supply chain, who say the fee will not only cause rising consumer prices, but will also distort markets and could potentially attract retaliation from America’s trad…

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Senior officials from several federal agencies, including the U.S. Economic Development Administration, U.S. Department of Energy and U.S. Department of Interior, will speak with North Dakota energy community members and leaders about available resources and federal funding to spur regional …

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If you do a cursory search of “auditing HSE programs” you will find a ton of articles and consultants with great ideas on how to go about this process. You’ll also find that you can do an incredibly deep dive into things that aren’t going to make your company any safer or more importantly, a…

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North Dakota is asking a judge to compel the Bureau of Land Management to resume quarterly oil and gas lease sales, saying that it appears the federal agency is defying a Louisiana ruling that blocked a national moratorium on new oil and gas leases.

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After last week’s publication of updated Department of Labor / OSHA guidance, we consulted with experts in industrial hygiene, engineering, and employment law. The consensus was that regardless of your stance on vaccinations, masks, and worker protection - OSHA has pivoted drastically from t…

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A recent study out from Stanford and Cornell universities claims that blue hydrogen production releases more greenhouse gases than simply burning natural gas. But the study looks at an out-dated process for producing blue hydrogen, the CEO of a company that plans to start a blue hydrogen hub…

For more than 50 years, presidential enthusiasm for U.S. petroleum products has spanned ideologies and personalities. Presidents from Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan to Barack Obama and Donald Trump hailed the benefits of American energy leadership. Democrats and Republicans alike saw abundan…

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Last week as fuel prices continued to climb the White House released the following announcement: “President Biden has made clear that he wants Americans to have access to affordable and reliable energy, including at the pump. Although we are not a party to OPEC, the United States will always…

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There may be some contaminated soil in the berms built around a three-well fire near Lake Sakakawea, but DEQ inspectors said the site looked better than they’d expected, and they don’t anticipate cleanup taking very long.

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Following on the heels of the bipartisan infrastructure deal is a $4.2 trillion budget resolution that contains much of Democrats climate change agenda. While that bill is being pushed through using reconciliation, which requires just a simple majority, it still moved out of the Senate with …

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The North Dakota Petroleum Council, Gov. Doug Burgum, and members of the state’s Congressional delegation were among those taking exception to a recent call by the Biden administration for OPEC+ to produce more oil.

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You don’t have to work very long in energy before you learn about the dreaded acronym, TRIR. I’ve seen first hand how one accident for a small company can decimate their opportunity to procure work for entire years. This customer had a driver caught in a flash blizzard. He slowed but slid in…

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The North Dakota Oil and Gas Division was notified of an oil spill occurring Sunday, Aug. 8, at the Gunslinger Federal 1-12-1H well, about 13 miles northwest of Keene, North Dakota.

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The Bakken’s cycle time for putting wells online has improved by 50 percent, and completed well costs have dropped 30 percent. That’s just one of several key metrics Continental Resources touted during its most recent earnings call, where it reported a company record of $634 million in free …

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Many people who signed an oil lease in the early days of North Dakota’s oil and gas industry came to regret them later, once they knew more and came to realize their royalty was significantly lower than it might have been.

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Wild Well Control on Tuesday was able to extinguish one of three fires burning on a well pad in the Little Missouri National Grassland about a half mile from Lake Sakakawea. That leaves two fires to go from a conflagration that began July 22 and has appeared to contribute to a smoky haze ove…

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A pipeline in the backyard can complicate home ownership, and that brought an Enbridge representative to the Williams County meeting on Tuesday, to comment on an item that requested a variance from the county’s 50-foot setbacks.

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Much has been written about the $550 billion in new federal spending aimed at revitalizing America’s transportation system, but the bipartisan infrastructure bill that has advanced to the floor of the U.S. Senate also contains billions of dollars for energy and agriculture as well.

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Amazon corporation has made a lot of industry upsetting decisions over the years. I want to draw parallels on the first one they ever publicized. In 1997, before the Kindle, Prime, or Whole Foods takeover they sent a letter to Wall Street that basically said, “we don’t care about quarterly p…

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Three wells are on fire in the Little Missouri National Grassland a half mile south of Lake Sakakawea, according to reports heard Tuesday during the North Dakota Industrial Commission, and the North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality has issued an air quality advisory for residents o…

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More than 9,500 alarms were set off in a two-year period due to a wildly fluctuating nitrogen-reliant pressure relief valve system on the Dakota Access pipeline, according to a notice of probable violation and proposed civil penalty issued by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Admin…

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Last year the North Dakota Supreme Court upheld a lower court decision in the Wilkinson’s disputed mineral rights case that the state no longer has any claim to any minerals under Lake Sakakawea that lie outside the historical Missouri River channel. But it also sent the case back to the low…

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The North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality has been notified of a brine release from the Alfred Brown Saltwater Disposal owned by Bullrock, LLC. The spill occurred the evening of Tuesday, July 20, resulting from a lightning strike. The location of the release is approximately five …

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