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…
Whiting Petroleum is betting on the Bakken with the $271 million purchase of an additional 8,752 net acres in Mountrail County from an undisclosed seller.
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…
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 …
The North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality announced that 850 barrels of brine were spilled recently in McKenzie County.
Barbecue by GO Wireline and Continental Resources hit the spot in Arnegard during the Bakken Rocks Cookfest last week, picking up Judge’s Choice and People’s Choice respectively.
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.
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…
Williams County Commissioners deferred a decision to limit the number of special waste landfills allowed to accept TENORM in favor of a public hearing to gather input from the general public on the matter.
North Dakota’s Department of Environmental Quality is in the midst of an enforcement action against a proppant warehouse on the east side of Williston.
A bill that takes North Dakota’s Bakken Restart program and makes it national has made it out of committee and is now ready for wider debate in the U.S. Senate.
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…
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.
Travelers face higher prices at the pump, with prices already exceeding $3 a gallon. North Dakota, meanwhile, was among the 10 states posting the largest average increase for the week at 5 cents per gallon, according to AAA.
Utah Rep. John Curtis, R-Utah, has begun a Republican-only Conservative Climate Caucus, and local Rep. Kelly Armstrong is among the group’s 60-some members.
What’s the long-term effect of the Biden administration’s federal moratorium on new oil and gas leases?
American shale oil has a new benchmark, and a driving force behind it is one of the Bakken’s own.
The federal government’s moratorium on new oil and gas leases has blocked the development of more state and private mineral interests in North Dakota than it has federal interests, according to a suit filed by North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, and it is adversely affecting the s…
TC Energy, the company that was trying to build the Keystone XL pipeline, has filed a NAFTA complaint that seeks $15 billion in damages from the U.S. government.
The Bakken Rocks CookFest has been a popular event since 2008, and it will be back in the region this year at Arnegard on July 13, and then travels to Mohall on July 15.
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…
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.
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 …
The pandemic highlighted a problem that was already becoming noticeable, not just in the Bakken, but in other plays across the nation — a rise in the number of abandoned and orphaned oil and gas wells.
North Dakota’s premier carbon capture, utilization and storage project has been getting a lot of attention at the federal level lately.
Continental Resources’ Harold Hamm was heard on Fox Business news last week talking about the possibility for $100 oil.
Williams County Commissioners approved a TENORM amendment for both WISCO’s and Secure Energy’s special waste landfills Tuesday morning.
The Williams County Planning and Zoning Commission met in special session Monday, June 28, to consider a tabled TENORM amendment for WISCO’s special use permit, and voted to deny it.
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 …
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.
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…
Gov. Doug Burgum surprised the oil and gas industry when he announced his net carbon neutral goal at the Williston Basin Petroleum Conference this year. But perhaps they should not have been so surprised.
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.
Prices have been steadily climbing and that has many people wondering when oil and gas activity is going to return to normal.
A public hearing has been set for a project that expands carbon dioxide capture at Basin Electric Power Cooperative’s Great Plains Synfuels Plant in Beulah.
Neither of two conditional use permits for TENORM disposal moved forward Thursday night with a recommendation from Williams County Planning and Zoning for approval.
North Dakota will sink $10 million into a road map for the future, and that road primarily leads the state west.
Amid all the talk by the Biden administration and members of both parties in Congress about well plugging, the American Petroleum Institute has released new standards to help ensure wells are sealed safely.
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…
Williams County Commissioners will be sending a letter to the Public Service Commission regarding an unmarked pipeline in Williams County.
North Dakota’s first operational TENORM disposal well has already injected 7,000 barrels of radioactive slurry thousands of feet underground in McKenzie County, in a process that’s so far behaving just as modeling had predicted it would.
North Dakota is still the No. 2 oil producer in the nation, but only just, according to the latest figures from New Mexico for oil production, North Dakota Pipeline Authority Justin Kringstad said Monday, June 14, during the state’s monthly oil production report.
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.
The decision by Keystone XL pipeline developer TC Energy to end the project provoked a reaction from regional lawmakers.
Two agricultural commodities grown in the MonDak are part of the secret sauce behind a biosurfactant that could one day be manufactured locally to boost well economics in the Bakken.
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…
The Biden administration’s EPA administrator Michael Regan was in the state last week to talk with North Dakota officials about carbon capture, storage, and utilization for its fossil fuel and ethanol industries.
Hess CEO John Hess has been making the rounds of investor presentations. In them he has said he sees a changing role for shale oil in the marketplace.
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.
Two special waste landfill companies have pending applications with Williams County for conditional use permits allowing them to accept TENORM wastes from the oil and gas industry.
A new natural gas line that will transport up to 250 million cubic feet per day of natural gas and help reduce flaring in the Bakken is now a go.
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…
“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…
The Trenton area could soon be home to a renewable diesel and aviation fuel plant derived from agricultural feedstocks.
Job seekers have been outnumbering jobs for the past several months up through April, but the tables are turning, Williston’s Job Services ND office manager Paula Hickel says.
Momentum is building for a national well-plugging program North Dakota style. Twelve governors including North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum have signed a letter endorsing the REGROW act and urging Congress to act quickly to pass the legislation.
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…