Amy Dalrymple is a Forum News Service reporter stationed in the Oil Patch. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (701) 580-6890.
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WILLISTON, N.D. — Gas emissions from the Bakken are having a global impact on the atmosphere, a recent study found, but health regulators say new technology they're using to inspect oilfield sites should lead to a dramatic improvement. The North Dakota Department of Health recently began using a $100,000 camera that uses infrared technology to detect methane, ethane and other emissions that leak from well sites.
BISMARCK — When Donald Trump visits North Dakota later this month, the leader of the state's oil industry group hopes to hear something different than what has been said on the rugged campaign trail. "I'm hoping now that he focuses now on more policy-driven issues rather than the combative nature of multiple candidates vying for the nomination," said Ron Ness, president of the North Dakota Petroleum Council.
WILLISTON, N.D. – North Dakota’s upcoming oil conference is going to feature a “pretty amazing speaker,” the state’s top oil regulator hinted Tuesday night. The campaigns of Republican presidential candidates...
TIOGA, N.D. — A city that has found prosperity in the ground is looking to the sky to diversify its economy. Tioga's Economic Development Corp. is sponsoring an educational program on drones this summer geared for North Dakota students. Tioga, a few miles away from the state's first producing oil well, is traditionally known as the "Oil Capital of North Dakota." Now amid a slowdown in oil activity, the city's economic development corporation is working to transition Tioga to the "Energy and Innovation Capital of North Dakota."
DICKINSON, N.D. — With drilling activity in the Bakken at an 11-year low, workers who specialize in moving drilling rigs to new locations are often finding themselves parked. "It's definitely been difficult," said Tony Lamping, general manager for Cruz Energy Services. "There's just not as much work to do." Moving each rig to a new location can take two to four days of work, involving a lot of coordination and heavy equipment to disassemble the rig and transport it to drill the next well.
WILLISTON, N.D. -- Williston's office of Job Service North Dakota is like a teeter-totter, says manager Cindy Sanford. While a handful of workers will come in and file for unemployment, another company will contact the office to advertise new job openings. "It really hasn't completely balanced out," Sanford said. Statewide, claims for unemployment are dropping while job openings are on the rise, Job Service North Dakota reported this week.
WATFORD CITY, N.D. — Residents of a McKenzie County township urged county leaders Tuesday to help them in their fight against an oilfield waste landfill that could be the first...
WILLISTON, N.D. – North Dakota oil production had a smaller decline than expected in February as more companies put fracking crews to work to maintain cash flow, the state’s top...
WILLISTON, N.D. — Oil and gas regulators visiting Williston on Wednesday did more than listen to public comments about proposed pipeline rules. The Department of Mineral Resources contingent also visited the site of the state's largest pipeline spill, an event that was the impetus for many of the regulations now being considered. Director Lynn Helms and others from the department visited the Blacktail Creek spill cleanup site where a Meadowlark Midstream pipeline leaked an estimated 3 million gallons of produced water.
WILLISTON, N.D. — New rules proposed for the oil and gas industry aim to reduce spills and minimize impacts to the environment, state regulators say. But some of the new regulations would cost North Dakota's oil industry as much as $16 million to implement at a time when operators are struggling with low oil prices. A series of four public hearings starts Monday in Bismarck to gather input before the North Dakota Industrial Commission will act on the proposals.