Amy Dalrymple / Bismarck Tribune
BISMARCK - North Dakota oil and gas production saw robust increases in March but fell shy of the state’s oil record, the state’s top oil regulator said Wednesday. Oil production grew 4% in March to 1.39 million barrels per day, a “pretty good recovery” after severe winter weather in February hampered production, Director of Mineral Resources Lynn Helms said May 15. The state set an oil production record in January with 1.4 million barrels per day. “I fully anticipate that starting with April, we’ll get back to setting records,” Helms said.
North Dakota is courting the petrochemical industry with a new tax incentive aimed at adding value to the state’s abundant natural gas supply. A bill approved in the recent legislative session adds a sales tax exemption for certain natural gas processing facilities. The goal is to produce a supply of ethane, propane and other products that could attract a plastics manufacturing plant to North Dakota.
BISMARCK — The North Dakota Public Service Commission approved a siting permit on Wednesday, May 1, for a 77-mile natural gas liquids pipeline in northwest North Dakota, the Bismarck Tribune reported .
TIOGA, N.D. -- Hess Midstream Partners plans to expand its Tioga gas plant, meeting the demand for additional natural gas processing capacity as the state works to reduce natural gas flaring. The company recently announced plans to add another 150 million cubic feet per day in processing capacity to the Tioga facility. That would bring the total processing capacity to 400 million cubic feet per day. The $150 million expansion project is expected to be in service in mid-2021.
BISMARCK — North Dakota’s congressional delegation is urging the governor of Washington state to veto legislation they say would result in a “de facto ban” of crude-by-rail traffic from the Bakken. Rep. Kelly Armstrong and Sens. John Hoeven and Kevin Cramer, all Republicans, wrote a letter to Gov. Jay Inslee about a bill approved by Washington legislators that would reduce the volatility of crude oil shipped by rail.
BISMARCK - North Dakota oil industry leaders urged federal geologists Wednesday, April 24, to consider new technology that has dramatically boosted oil production as they update an estimate of oil and gas resources in the Williston Basin. The U.S. Geological Survey is in the initial stages of evaluating the oil and gas that can be recovered in the Williston Basin, updating an assessment from 2013. Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., said the previous estimate was based on 2011 technology and considered the Bakken and Three Forks formations but excluded other oil-producing zones.
BISMARCK - North Dakota lawmakers voted Tuesday to require the state engineer to review the ownership of rivers and streams in the state, legislation introduced late in the session that two officials say will require significant state resources. House and Senate members voted in support of House Bill 1202, a bill that requires a state review of “navigable waters,” or waterways that were used for commerce when North Dakota became a state.
BISMARCK — North Dakota lawmakers will vote this week on a bill that would require the POW/MIA flag to be displayed daily in front of the state Capitol. Jim Nelson, a Vietnam War veteran who advocated for the flag to be displayed, said honoring prisoners of war and service members who are missing in action is a daily reminder of the price of freedom.
TIOGA, N.D. — A mechanical failure caused oilfield wastewater to spill and contaminate an agricultural field in Williams County on Saturday, April 20, the North Dakota Department of Health said. Initial estimates show the spill involved about 390 barrels, or 16,380 gallons, of produced water, which is a waste byproduct of oil production, the Bismarck Tribune reported .
BISMARCK — The co-owner of a Mandan bar says the business is prepared to take legal action to keep a mural that city officials ordered removed. The Mandan City Commission voted a month ago to require Lonesome Dove to remove artwork from the bar’s front wind block that is an unpermitted mural under the city’s ordinance. Now the business is working with the Institute for Justice, which describes itself as a national law firm for liberty that litigates to limit the size and scope of government power.