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The Rough Waters of Western North Dakota

WAWS, water, North Dakota

The first in a 5-part series on the controversial water industry of western North Dakota. Reprinted with permission.  The state of North Dakota is now experiencing a serious crossroads situation regarding the Western Area Water Supply Authority (WAWSA) and its future path.  Uncertainty is nothing new to WAWSA and its project as controversy, a questionable business plan and forceful government ...

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Rig count breaks 800, Permian back on top

oil rig, rig count, Baker Hughes

After a small slump last week, the Permian basin is back on top in U.S. rig count gains released March 24. The Baker Hughes U.S. rig count gained a total of 20 new rigs this week, with a total of 809 rigs exploring for oil and gas. Baker Hughes reported 21 new rigs exploring for oil and gas, totaling 652, ...

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WAWS Official Publication Touts Support For The Water (Royalty) Tax As Its Official Governmental-Entity Position

fracking, bakken, frack water, WAWS

In a shockingly bad public relations decision, the Western Area Water Supply has published an official public support position of the Water (Royalty) Tax in House Bill 1020. WAWS Goes Political Here is what WAWS is now saying about the provisions in HB 1020 to tax private frack water sales: A water royalty clause was also introduced in HB1020. As ...

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Repsol announces largest U.S. oil discovery in 30 years

alaskan oil discovery, alaska oil, Repsol

Spanish oil company Repsol announced what it is calling “the largest U.S. onshore discovery in 30 years,” according to a March 9 press release. Repsol, and its partner Armstrong Energy discovered what they believe is approximately 1.2 billion barrels of recoverable light oil from Alaska’s North Slope in the Nanushuk play. Repsol isn’t new to Alaska. The company has been ...

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EIA: Natural gas, crude production fell in 2016

crude production, oil production

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration March 8, 2017 report, U.S. natural gas production and crude production both fell in 2016. Average crude oil production in the lower 48 states in 2016 fell to 8.39 million barrels per day (b/d). This is a decrease of 6.1 percent from the 2015 average, or approximately 0.55 million b/d. Natural gas withdrawals also decreased ...

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Humor in the Oilfield Finally Has A Book

Jeff Miller, oilfield book

These days, there hasn’t been much humor floating around, especially for the oil and gas industry. But one person, with over 40 years of experience in the industry, has managed to find humor in almost everything he’s been involved with over the years.  And he put it in a book. Jeff Miller, frequent contributor to the Energy Media Group has ...

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Green rigs and ham: Dr. Seuss the oilman

Dr. Seuss, oilman, Standard oil

Theodore Seuss Geisel, better known by the pen name Dr. Seuss, began his career by introducing the nation to his imaginative characters and cadenced text by creating advertisements for New Jersey-based Standard Oil. The company produced various consumer products derived from petroleum, and Geisel began promoting “Flit,” a popular insect repellent that guarded folks against flies and mosquitoes. In late ...

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Calculate Your Savings: Natural Gas vs. Diesel

power generation, natural gas vs diesel

The old cliché “Time is Money” is still relevant in today’s oilfield operations. When your rig is down, you’re losing money with every passing minute. That’s why LTR helps you assess your energy needs and provide a strategic plan to help you decide which generators will best help you optimize your operations. Chad Wolf, LTR’s Product Manager for Natural Gas ...

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