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August 15, 2017
UPDATE: Fugitive accused of illegally dumping radioactive material from oil drilling in ND added to federal wanted list
BISMARCK -- A man accused of dumping radioactive oilfield waste at an abandoned gas station in northwest North Dakota more than three years ago...
August 15, 2017 - 9:18pm
June 29, 2017
President Trump says the Atlantic, Arctic could soon be open to oil drilling
The White House is making a bid to overturn the Obama administration's five-year plan forbidding oil and gas exploration in the Arctic and Atlantic...
June 29, 2017 - 5:43pm
May 23, 2017
Trump proposes sharp cuts at Interior Department while pushing for more drilling on public lands
The White House wants to cut the Interior Department budget by about 12 percent as the Trump administration shifts the agency's focus toward...
May 23, 2017 - 5:50pm
April 1, 2017
Van Hook braces for drilling
VAN HOOK, N.D. — A fleet of earth-moving equipment rumbles across the black dirt at a multi-well oil pad very near Lake Sakakawea's busiest...
April 1, 2017 - 4:24pm
February 9, 2017
Drilling resumes on Dakota pipeline despite tribe's legal challenge
HOUSTON - The company building an oil pipeline that has been subject to sustained public protests said on Thursday it has resumed drilling beneath...
February 9, 2017 - 1:00pm
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
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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