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Letter to the editor: N.D. needs to curb natural gas flaring
I have sponsored legislation to curtail natural gas flaring only to see it defeated with the promise that the North Dakota Industrial Commission will take care of it. It has been two months since our Industrial Commission again delayed cutting the wasteful flaring of gas in North...
November 20, 2015 - 7:06am
November 14, 2015
Commission grants flaring exemption for Marathon
BISMARCK — The North Dakota Industrial Commission granted exemptions from its flaring policy to three wells owned by Marathon Oil, but limited the exemption to four months. Lynn Helms, director of the Department of Mineral Resources, recommended a six-month exemption for two wells...
November 14, 2015 - 7:24am
October 2, 2015
NDIC has failed to lead state by wasting one-time harvest
I awoke this morning thinking about our young granddaughters. I appreciate that they will be safe and warm in a home and a day care facility heated by natural gas as winter approaches. Projections are that reserves of natural gas are quite extensive and will last for years. Projections...
October 2, 2015 - 7:07am
August 27, 2015
Oil industry seeks delay, not expected to meet flaring goal
BISMARCK—North Dakota's oil and gas industry and the state's top oil regulator are asking a panel to delay the next goal for reducing the flaring of natural gas, citing unforeseen circumstances including a glut of cheap gas, stalled infrastructure projects and difficulty obtaining...
August 27, 2015 - 7:34am
August 14, 2015
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August 14, 2015 - 6:40am
N.D. oil production down in February
WILLISTON, N.D. – Low oil prices prompted North Dakota oil production to drop 1.2 percent in February to just under 1.18 million barrels per day, the Department of Mineral Resources said Tuesday. Operators are postponing completion work because of low oil prices, Director Lynn...
April 14, 2015 - 10:15am
February 26, 2015
Flaring exemptions granted
Members ask for new policy when companies don't meet targets BISMARCK — 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...
February 26, 2015 - 6:41am
February 7, 2015
Legislature contemplates changes to flaring regulations
BISMARCK, N.D. -- Supporters of a bill meant to reduce flaring of natural gas told lawmakers Friday additional restrictions would improve air quality and provide more money to mineral owners and the state. Opponents of Senate Bill 2343 countered before the Senate Energy and Natural...
February 7, 2015 - 7:19am
December 26, 2014
State agency reports success in reducing flaring in 2014
DICKINSON, N.D. -- In 2014, North Dakota made significant strides in capturing more natural gas in the Oil Patch. However, there are different opinions as to whether enough is being done. "I couldn't be happier," Lynn Helms, director of the state Department of Mineral Resour...
December 26, 2014 - 7:05am
July 2, 2014
Regulators attempt to curb production flaring
BISMARCK — Oil companies burning off more than a billion cubic feet of natural gas every day in North Dakota could face production restrictions if they fail to meet goals adopted by state regulators Tuesday as part of a multipronged effort to curb flaring. Members of the state...
July 2, 2014 - 7:21am
May 17, 2014
Federal judge dismisses 13 flaring lawsuits
BISMARCK — A judge has dismissed 13 of 14 lawsuits filed against oil and gas companies by North Dakota mineral owners who claim they are owed royalty payments for natural gas illegally flared from oil wells. U.S. District Court Judge Daniel Hovland ruled Wednesday that the mineral...
May 17, 2014 - 6:54am
May 10, 2014
Concerns voiced at flaring public forum
DICKINSON — The desire to slow down oil production, especially on the Fort Berthold Reservation, was a top demand Friday at a flaring forum. The...
May 10, 2014 - 6:06am
April 30, 2014
N.D. must curb flaring
Back in 2011, The New York Times published a front-page story on North Dakota’s lax policies toward flaring, and the state’s reputation for prudence and good government took a hit. “All told, 30 percent of the natural gas produced in North Dakota is burned as waste,” The...
April 30, 2014 - 7:16am
April 12, 2014
Helms: Flaring rules will crimp oil production
WILLISTON, N.D. — New state rules on natural gas flaring could reduce North Dakota oil production by 15,000 to 30,000 barrels per day, the state’s top oil and gas regulator estimated Friday. Lynn Helms, director of the Department of Mineral Resources, said some curtailment of...
April 12, 2014 - 7:01am
March 4, 2014
Industrial Commission takes steps on flaring
BISMARCK — The North Dakota Industrial Commission on Monday adopted several steps aimed at curbing natural gas flaring as recommended by Department of Mineral Resources Director Lynn Helms. Commission members voted to begin requiring gas capture plans for all drilling permit applications...
March 4, 2014 - 7:19am