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November 30, 2015
Far western N.D. Tyler formation proved tough to tap
AMIDON—Hydraulic fracturing of the Tyler shale formation was expected to liven the sleepy plains of Slope County with oil activity. But more than two years after the first well was spudded, three horizontal wells drilled by Marathon Oil Co. between September and December...
November 30, 2015 - 7:16am
June 26, 2015
Completed wells boost by small oil tax trigger
BISMARCK -- Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger says he's surprised by the strong number of wells that were completed in the past five months while a small oil tax trigger was in play. The trigger ends Tuesday, but in the meantime, oil companies fracked 586 wells and Rauschenberger...
June 26, 2015 - 8:18am
January 30, 2015
Cutting through drilling hype
People have been bickering for years about the pros and cons of drilling for oil in the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR), but last weekend President Obama stuck a thumb in the eye of those in favor of drilling by announcing that he plans to declare part of the refuge a wilderness...
January 30, 2015 - 8:55am
April 22, 2014
COLUMN-Obama stalls drilling on federal lands
(John Kemp is a Reuters market analyst. The views expressed are his own) By John Kemp LONDON - The White House likes to claim a share of the credit for the drilling revolution that has transformed North America's energy production and security. Except the revolution...
April 22, 2014 - 12:00pm
March 1, 2014
N.D. drilling permit policy draws hundreds of comments
BISMARCK — If the North Dakota Industrial Commission decides not to act on a proposed “extraordinary places” policy Monday, it won’t be because of a lack of public input. The three-member commission has received more than 500 letters and emailed comments on the proposal since...
March 1, 2014 - 7:10am
July 22, 2011
US oil and natural gas rig count up by 11
HOUSTON (AP) -- The number of rigs actively exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. rose by 11 this week to 1,916. Houston-based drilling product provider Baker Hughes Inc. reported Friday that 1,021 rigs were exploring for oil and 889 for natural gas. Six were listed as miscellaneous....
July 22, 2011 - 4:09pm
June 10, 2011
US rig count rises by 1 to 1,855
HOUSTON (AP) -- The number of rigs actively exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. rose by one this week to 1,855. Houston-based drilling product provider Baker Hughes Inc. reported Friday that 969 rigs were exploring for oil and 879 for natural gas. Seven were listed as...
June 10, 2011 - 3:20pm
May 23, 2011
Regulator expects steady growth in N.D. oil rigs
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) -- The director of North Dakota's mineral resources agency is expecting a continued increase in the number of oil drilling rigs working in the state. Lynn Helms says oil companies now have about 176 rigs working in western North Dakota. Helms is expecting six...
May 23, 2011 - 10:40am
March 17, 2011
ND rig count at record high
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) -- The number of drill rigs working in the state's oil patch is at a record level. Lynn Helms, the director of the state Department of Mineral Resources, says 174 rigs were drilling on Monday. He says the count dropped to 171 on Wednesday. Helms says low natural...
March 17, 2011 - 9:59am
March 4, 2011
Letter to the editor: Bill will address landowner concerns over oil drilling
Oil was first discovered in North Dakota near Tioga in 1951. Since then, landowners, mineral owners and the oil industry have had, at times, strained relations. Issues such as disruption payments to surface owners, prior notice to commencement of drilling operations, payment of royalties...
March 4, 2011 - 7:11am
December 1, 2010
Citing BP, Obama rejects East Coast oil drilling
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Pointing to the BP blowout and risks of a new environmental disaster, the Obama administration reversed itself Wednesday and promised not to pursue offshore drilling in the eastern Gulf of Mexico or anywhere else along the nation's East Coast. The decision was...
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December 1, 2010 - 5:15pm
June 14, 2010
ND oil rig count jumps 25 percent
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) -- The state Department of Mineral Resources says the number of drill rigs perforating North Dakota's oil patch has jumped 25 percent in three months. The agency says 127 rigs were drilling in western North Dakota's oil patch on Monday. That's up from 102 in...
June 14, 2010 - 11:40am
April 1, 2010
Obama expands offshore drilling
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Shaking up years of energy policy and his own environmental backers, President Barack Obama threw open a huge swath of East Coast waters and other protected areas in Alaska and the Gulf of Mexico to drilling Wednesday, widening the politically explosive hunt for...
April 1, 2010 - 7:27am
November 18, 2009
No oil formations found in Jamestown area, yet
While the oil patch in North Dakota continues to grow and become more productive, don't look for drilling rigs in the Jamestown area any time soon, said Steve Nordeng, subsurface geologist for the North Dakota Geological Survey. "Jamestown is a bit east of the oil fields as we understand...
November 18, 2009 - 7:00am
February 28, 2009
Fewer oil rigs working in N.D.
BISMARCK (AP) -- The state mineral resources director says North Dakota's rig count is down to 57 from a high of 96 in November. Lynn Helms said it's due to lower oil prices. Helms said the rigs are working in eastern McKenzie, Mountrail and northern Dunn counties. He said that...
February 28, 2009 - 7:55am