Difficulties with transport and fracking hurt operations
DICKINSON, N.D. -- Even booming Bakken oil production can’t stand up to North Dakota’s crippling winters. By hindering transportation to wells and slowing the hydraulic fracturing process, severe winter weather slows production. The No. 1 cause of the slowdown in winter months is difficulties for fracking, North Dakota Department of Mineral Resources Director Lynn Helms said. Ice and snow make it harder to get water to a site, it takes longer to heat fluids and keep them warm, and flowback water can freeze and delay the process, he said. That’s been an issue this week.
DICKINSON, N.D. -- Echoing what a former Minnesota politician hinted at in Dickinson last month, a rural development and resource economist from a national firm said Thursday that it might be time to set up a regional legacy trust fund specifically for western North Dakota.
WILLISTON, N.D. – Scott Tinker holds a lot of titles as state geologist for Texas and director of an academic oil and gas research program. But his latest titles, narrator and co-producer for the energy documentary “Switch,” may be having the broadest impact as he seeks to educate the public about energy. “There’s a lot of silly policies that get made, maybe well-intended but still silly, by politicians, federal and sometimes state level, because the public doesn’t know much about energy,” Tinker said. Tinker spoke Thursday in Williston during the annual banquet for the Williston Basin chapter of the American Petroleum Institute. During his speech, Tinker commented on the amount of natural gas flaring occurring in both the Eagle Ford of Texas and the Bakken and challenged operators to solve that issue.RELATED CONTENT
BISMARCK, N.D. – A North Dakota spill report website detailing oilfield spills and other environmental incidents is now live. The North Dakota Department of Health, Environmental Health Section, created the website, www.ndhealth.gov/ehs/spills, to make information about spills easy to access.
MAXBASS, N.D. – A valve leak at a water injection well four miles northwest of here caused a spill of oil and saltwater, the North Dakota Department of Mineral Resources said Monday.
MARMARTH, N.D. -- A saltwater pipeline leak in Montana has released 17,000 barrels of brine, polluting more than a mile of a creek in the Badlands of southwest North Dakota, authorities said Tuesday. The spill, reported Monday by Denbury Onshore, reached the Big Gumbo Creek and flowed down 1.4 miles of the creek into a rural area of Bowman County, about 14 miles south of Marmarth, the North Dakota Department of Health said.
BISMARCK, N.D. – The Bakken oil boom has brought jobs and prosperity to the Three Affiliated Tribes in northwestern North Dakota, but also a major challenge: The percentage of natural gas that’s being wasted through flaring is roughly twice the statewide average. Nearly 60 percent of the natural gas being produced as a result of oil activity on the Fort Berthold Reservation is being burned off, contributing to a statewide average of 29 percent, said Tex Hall, chairman of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation.
LINDSAY, Mont. – An oilfield waste landfill that opened last June in eastern Montana is getting about half of its waste from North Dakota. “It seems to be getting larger,” said owner Ross Oakland. “North Dakota’s starting to find out about me.” The Oaks Disposal landfill in rural Glendive is the closest destination to the Bakken that can accept naturally occurring radioactive material, or NORM. The landfill accepts NORM waste at levels up to 30 picocuries per gram, compared with North Dakota’s limit of 5.RELATED CONTENT
The foundation has been laid for North Dakota’s first new refinery since 1954.RELATED CONTENT
WILLISTON, N.D. – The state’s oil industry generates 75 tons of low-level radioactive waste per day, and the state has few rules on how to handle it, but does say it can’t be dumped here.RELATED CONTENT
STANLEY, N.D. – Steve and Patty Jensen have pipelines criss-crossing their farmland north of Tioga, but it wasn’t until one leaked 20,600 barrels of oil in their wheat field that they began asking questions about who was monitoring them. “I didn’t realize there were such lax regulations,” Patty Jensen said Wednesday before a hearing on the spill. “Honestly, I had no idea. I assumed we were being watched over. I assumed they had our back.” The Tesoro Logistics pipeline leak the Jensens discovered Sept. 29 prompted the state’s Democratic-NPL House and Senate Caucuses to hold the field hearing in Stanley.RELATED CONTENT
TRENTON, N.D. – About 500 barrels of crude oil spilled at a rail transfer facility near here, the North Dakota Department of Health said Tuesday.
BISMARCK, N.D. – Gov. Jack Dalrymple announced Monday he is forming an advisory panel to research the latest technologies available to enhance pipeline safety in North Dakota, saying a 20,600-barrel oil spill discovered near Tioga on Sept. 29 has changed attitudes about pipeline safety in the state.
WILLISTON, N.D. – The entire U.S. Williston Basin produced more than 1 million barrels of oil per day in September, driven by another record month of North Dakota oil production. North Dakota produced 931,940 barrels per day, a 2 percent increase over August, according to preliminary numbers released Friday by the Department of Mineral Resources. The U.S. Williston Basin also includes portions of South Dakota, which produced 5,017 barrels per day in September, and Montana, which produced 75,460 barrels per day in August, according to figures provided by Justin Kringstad, director of the North Dakota Pipeline Authority.
WILLISTON, N.D. – Bakken oil production in North Dakota and Montana is projected to top 1 million barrels of oil per day in December, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.