STAFF BLOG MONKE BUSINESS B&A Global Energy sets sights on ending flaring in Bakken
Jack Kelley and Skip Bennett are an unassuming duo with a big idea.
The entrepreneurs, together with a Taiwanese inventor and engineer, have a plan to capture natural gas, eliminate flaring at the ... Posted on 2/28/15 at 1:00 AM
SOCIAL SECURITY: INFORMATION & UPDATES Social Security trust funds
Discussion about the future of Social Security and the trust funds are often part of my classes. While I cannot predict the legislative future, the Social Security website, www.socialsecurity.gov, has... Posted on 2/12/15 at 2:42 PM
STAFF BLOG OIL PATCH DISPATCH Cash Wise opens in Watford City
WATFORD CITY, N.D. Cash Wise Foods has opened in Watford City, the first tenant in a commercial development by Minneapolis-based Oppidan Investment Co.
The 130,000-square-foot development at highways... Posted on 7/25/13 at 1:06 PM
NDAD INSIGHT NDAD adds chief operations officer
Don Santer has joined NDAD as chief operations officer, giving him oversight of the North Dakota nonprofit organizations entrepreneurial efforts.
Don will supervise the charitable gaming activities... Posted on 3/7/13 at 8:41 AM
DICKINSON, N.D. -- When Dickinson Planning and Zoning commissioners ended a debate last week in a tie vote over a rezoning petition from the developers of the proposed Barons Vista subdivision, concerns were not so much around what might be developed there, but when it might be developed, if ever.
Members ask for new policy when companies don’t meet targets
BISMARCK, N.D. – The North Dakota Industrial Commission approved Wednesday an exception from its flaring goals but directed state regulators to draft a policy to address such scenarios in the future.
The three commissioners voted unanimously to grant an exception to Hess Corp. for failing to meet the gas capture goals when unexpected delays occurred during an expansion project.
BISMARCK, N.D. – House lawmakers voted Thursday to send a greater share of oil production tax revenue back to the state’s top crude-producing counties, though not to the extent that the governor and some western leaders have proposed.
House Bill 1176, widely expected to be the most debated bill of the session, passed by a vote of 70-18, with six members absent or not voting.
Tioga brine spill attributed to ‘suspicious activity’
TIOGA, N.D. – “Suspicious activity” may be to blame for two oil-related spills reported in Williams County over the weekend that released produced water and affected at least one nearby wetland.
The incidents were two of five significant spills reported Tuesday by state officials.
Hess Corp. reported spills on two well sites Monday about three miles apart, both caused by opened valves, the North Dakota Department of Health said.
BISMARCK, N.D. – A bill that would have required North Dakota Industrial Commission members to approve settlements of oil and gas penalties failed Monday in the Senate.
Senators voted 30-17 against Senate Bill 2342, that prime sponsor Sen. Tyler Axness said would have added transparency to the reductions of fines that are negotiated by the director of the Department of Mineral Resources.
BISMARCK, N.D. – House lawmakers voted 79-14 Monday to extend the oil extraction tax reduction known as the “small trigger” for two more years to entice oil companies to keep drilling despite low oil prices.
DICKINSON, N.D. -- The North Dakota Department of Mineral Resources' Division of Oil and Gas has allowed saltwater-disposal wells to continue injecting fluid underground even as mechanical integrity tests -- meant to detect weaknesses in the well's construction -- have indicated leaks in parts of the wells' multiple layers of casing.
A review of 449 well files and more than 2,090 mechanical integrity test reports show how state officials conditionally approve disposal wells even after they don't meet widely accepted pressure testing standards.
HELENA, Mont. -- Citing the recent oil spill into the Yellowstone River near Glendive near the Montana-North Dakota border, Montana Gov. Steve Bullock on Friday sent a letter to the U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx requesting additional inspectors to do more frequent pipeline inspections.
He also called for a look into the rules that require oil pipelines to be buried 4 feet beneath major waterways after two spills that leaked about 93,000 gallons of crude into the Yellowstone River in two separate incidents. Federal officials determined 4 feet was safe, but Bullock is questioning that determination.
Dickinson among several subdivisions to expand
DICKINSON, N.D. -- Construction to expand parts of Dickinson's railways will begin this summer as part of Burlington Northern Santa Fe LLC's multimillion-dollar capital program for North Dakota in 2015.
The rail company on Wednesday released specifics about its planned improvement and maintenance projects across the state totalling $326 million.
BNSF had previously announced $700 million in projects in its entire northern region, including North Dakota, as part of ongoing maintenance and improvements to its network. Projects in Dickinson include the expansion of several yard tracks at BNSF's downtown terminal, as well as extending the siding along the Dickinson subdivision between Mandan and Glendive, Mont.
BISMARCK, N.D. - Health care and tobacco lobbyists seem like they would be natural opponents in a statehouse.
As bills to raise the state’s tobacco tax for the first time since 1993 confront both the House and Senate this session, it stands to be a particularly divisive year for the tobacco and health industries.
But in Bismarck this session, one lobbyist is working for both industries.
Obama expected to veto legislation
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A bill to give congressional authority over one of the most controversial pipeline projects in U.S. history is now heading to President Barack Obama's desk.
The House of Representatives on Wednesday passed the Senate's amended bill to approve the Keystone XL pipeline in a 270-152 vote. The pipeline that would transport approximately 830,000 barrels of oil sands per day across North America has sat in limbo for more than six years.
Regulator says violations spiked during last price slump
FARGO, N.D. – Low oil prices sometimes can tempt less scrupulous developers to cut corners that could result in violations or problems, North Dakota’s top regulator said.
For that reason, inspectors are being vigilant since oil prices began their steep slide last summer, said Lynn Helms, director of the North Dakota Department of Mineral Resources.
“We haven’t started to see evidence of it yet, but that’s of concern,” Helms recently said.
“We saw it very significantly in the ’08-’09 price plunge,” Helms said of some operators taking shortcuts because of cost pressures. “We’ve seen it, and it’s a lesson that we really need to take to heart.”
North Dakota has an abandoned well site restoration fund, now with a balance of $11 million, financed by a portion of the oil extraction tax, available to remediate sites. It also has a bond requirement for oil and gas developers.
BISMARCK, N.D. -- A Minneapolis law firm has sued a Houston-based oil company in U.S. District Court for North Dakota in Bismarck on behalf of an Ogden, Utah, woman who says she was subject to gender-based discrimination while working as an oilfield pump operator near Williston.
Cindy Marchello alleges that her former employer, C & J Energy Services, subjected her to "intolerable working conditions as to cause her to quit her job."
BISMARCK, N.D. -- State legislators have introduced a bill that would ensure county emergency managers, often the first responders to incidents in North Dakota, are given access to emergency situations that occur at well pads, pipelines and oil waste disposal sites.
The bill is the result of incidents, mostly in Bottineau County, where lawmakers say local emergency managers have been denied access to sites by company security teams that are brought in to secure locations after incidents such as spills or well blowouts.
BISMARCK, N.D. – A bill that would require monitoring devices on new oil and saltwater pipelines in North Dakota received a proposed amendment Thursday that would remove the mandate and put the decision in the hands of the state Industrial Commission.
Senate Majority Leader Rich Wardner, R-Dickinson, introduced the bipartisan bill in the wake of a pipeline rupture this month that spilled nearly 3 million gallons of saltwater near Blacktail Creek north of Williston, the biggest saltwater spill of the current oil boom. A separate pipeline leak in eastern Montana spewed oil into the Yellowstone River, affecting the water supply in Glendive, Mont., and threatening drinking water for downstream cities, including Williston.
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