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BISMARCK — Low oil prices tempered the mood as this year's Williston Basin Petroleum Conference opened Tuesday, but some in the industry said they see reasons to be optimistic. Attendance at the 24th annual conference is estimated to be about 2,500, down from more than 4,000 who attended the event when it was last held in Bismarck in 2012 and 2014. Drilling activity in North Dakota is down starkly since those prior conferences, with 28 rigs operating Tuesday compared with about 200 in recent years.
STANLEY, N.D. -- Enduring North Dakota's oil slump tested the resiliency of WCE Oil Field Services workers who lost jobs suddenly last year when the company collapsed. While many employees left the area, one crew that stuck together has now formed a new company and is starting to see signs of hope. "Everything's slow right now, but we hear a lot of rumors that it's picking back up," said Eduardo Salgado.
WASHINGTON – As Donald Trump advances to be the likely Republican nominee for president, North Dakota Rep. Kevin Cramer has Trump’s ear on energy policy. Cramer said he’s been tapped...
WILLISTON, N.D. - North Dakota oil production fell about 1 percent in March to an average of 1.1 million barrels per day, the Department of Mineral Resources said Thursday. Average daily oil production dropped nearly 10,000 barrels since February due to the ongoing slowdown in the industry caused by low oil prices. Director Lynn Helms said he predicted oil production was going to drop below 1.1 million barrels per day in March, but four operators submitted amended production reports with significant production increases.
WILLISTON, N.D. - North Dakota oil production fell about 1 percent in March to an average of 1.1 million barrels per day, the Department of Mineral Resources said Thursday. Average...
WILLISTON, N.D. — The Bakken oil and gas field emits 275,000 tons of methane each year, says a new study. The results of the study published Wednesday in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres found that the Bakken is leaking a lot of methane, but less than some satellites have reported.
WATFORD CITY, N.D. — Leaders in North Dakota's top oil producing county pushed state health officials Wednesday to consider stationing inspectors in Watford City to more closely monitor the oil and gas industry. The issue came up Wednesday during a presentation by the North Dakota Department of Health about radioactive material that is a byproduct of oil production. A landfill in McKenzie County is the first to apply to the state to accept waste with radioactivity levels up to 50 picocuries per gram.
CROSBY, N.D.— A governor's debate held in a small town North Dakota hockey arena grew heated Saturday when two Republican rivals got a chance to face off. The 90-minute debate sponsored by the North Dakota Newspaper Association was mostly polite until toward the end when candidates had the opportunity to ask an opponent a question. Doug Burgum began by pointing out that Wayne Stenehjem's salary has increased by $80,000 in his 16 years as attorney general and the agency's budget has also grown significantly.
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.