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Three wells are on fire in the Little Missouri National Grassland a few miles off of Lake Sakakawea, according to reports heard Tuesday during the North Dakota Industrial Commission.

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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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The Bakken was the only shale play in America to improve production efficiency per well during the pandemic, and that increase was substantial, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s Drilling Productivity Report.

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U.S. crude oil stocks have decreased for the eighth week in a row amid rising world demand for crude oil, and North Dakota’s oil and gas sector is more than ready to bounce back. But it’s in a tug of war right now with Texas and New Mexico for the oil and gas labor it lost during the pandemi…

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After one of the biggest healthcare crises in history, all indications show we are quickly returning to pre-pandemic life. This is welcome news for thousands of businesses across Montana, but it is only one piece in a complex recovery phase. Additional measures to support growth and developm…

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America reached energy independence in 2019 and, more recently, achieved another milestone that Harold Hamm says will better align where the U.S. oil and gas industry is headed in the future.

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Climate change was front and center last week amid an historic heat wave that buckled the pavement on I-5 in Seattle as well as interstates in other locations, and prompted warnings from health departments of third degree burns for walking barefoot on pavement. Record drought, meanwhile, con…

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Dakota Access is not the only Bakken pipeline whose fate is in question. Marathon’s Tesoro High Plains crude oil system in Montana and North Dakota is also embroiled in a legal quagmire, putting its fate in doubt.

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Safety professionals are a relatively new addition to our industries. I recently watched “There Will be Blood” again with my other half (it was her first time) and she remarked on how rudimentary the process of drilling was, almost fictitious. The movie spans about 30 years of oil & gas …

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North Dakota’s premier carbon capture, utilization and storage project has been getting a lot of attention at the federal level lately.

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Meridian Davis signed a deal with its contractor on June 12 to complete a detailed design and fix a firm price for the 49,500 barrel per day refinery it wants to build near Theodore Roosevelt National Park. That’s key to lining up the refinery’s financing, Meridian CEO William Prentice told …

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The judge in the Dakota Access case has dismissed the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s lawsuit challenging the operation of North Dakota’s largest pipeline.

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I recently spoke with a company executive who was struggling with his company’s behemoth safety program. They’ve been in business for more than 20 years and have at least as many clients, each requiring a different set of policies, procedures, certifications and daily documentation. His stru…

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The North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality was notified of a produced water spill from a pipeline operated by Denbury Onshore LLC, in Bowman County on Monday, June 21.

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The oil and natural gas industry in North Dakota accounted for more than $40 billion in gross business volume, nearly 60,000 jobs, and over $3.8 billion in state and local tax revenues according to one of two recent studies that highlight the industry’s impact on North Dakota’s economy.

In previous articles, I’ve focused heavily on leadership’s role in developing and changing their company’s safety programs. Mostly, how to change the business perspective on safety from “sunk cost” to “value add.” Here, I will focus more on the field application of QHSE (Quality, Health, Saf…

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Equipment failure led to the release of a large amount of produced water in McKenzie County on Thursday, June 10, according to reports from the Department of Environmental Quality.

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Recently I attended a wedding in which one of the groomsmen had partial paralysis of his arm. I didn’t ask him what happened, but eventually over drinks and tapas he shared his story with me. It is with his permission that I tell his story here. Several years ago he worked as a floorhand for…

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The latest Fortune 500 is out, and North Dakota has a company on the list, which tracks the largest corporations in America based on revenue.

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North Dakota has inherent advantages in the race to build out hydrogen hubs, Mitsubishi Power Americas’ President and CEO Paul Browning told a crowd in Bismarck Wednesday afternoon. They were there to hear the announcement of a deal that could set North Dakota up as the largest and lowest co…

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“Safety begins at the top” is a commonly used phrase in industry. While this briefs well, what does it actually mean? That we expect the CEO/COO to wear gloves and safety glasses when they cut their lawns? Joking aside (they probably hire that out) it asserts that a commitment to employee sa…

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I love industry economics. The lean times, while difficult, challenge us to be more innovative and intelligent. Our world has so many similarities to sports, and I love to draw comparisons. A great movie that exemplifies this is “Moneyball.” If you haven’t seen it I may spoil it for you here…

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