Home / Tag Archives: alison ritter

Tag Archives: alison ritter

County objects to any lowered fine in large pipeline spill

In this photo taken Jan. 12, 2015, crews dig up land at a saltwater spill site near Blacktail Creek outside Williston, N.D. A North Dakota health official called the 70,000 barrel spill the state's largest during the state's current oil boom. (AP Photo/Williston Herald, Zack Nelson)

WILLISTON, N.D. — The Williams County Commission has gone on record as opposing a reduction of a $2.4 million fine levied against a Texas company for the largest pipeline spill in North Dakota history. State regulators are considering easing the record fine levied in June against pipeline owner Summit Midstream Partners. Regulators routinely settle on fines, saying it promotes cooperation ...

Read More »

Abandoned oil waste pit eroding into river near Medora

A long-abandoned pit formerly used to store oil drilling mud and fluids is eroding into the Little Missouri River in western North Dakota, reports the Forum News Service (FNS). The waste pit, last used about 50 years ago, is now threatening to contaminate downstream drinking water. State officials are developing a cleanup plan, and Department of Mineral Resources Director Lynn ...

Read More »

Power outage delays Bakken drilling data

On Wednesday Bismarck, North Dakota, experienced a power outage which shut down computer servers servicing the Bakken oil patch. As reported by Reuters, the servers provide data which tracks the plethora of statistics across the second largest oil producing state in the nation. The loss of power caused North Dakota’s daily rig count to be unavailable. The rig count serves ...

Read More »

Well reclamation in the Bakken

North Dakota oil wells that no longer produce oil for a time period of over one year are classified as abandoned. State law dictates that these wells must begin producing oil again or be plugged and reclaimed. However, companies are able to apply to have wells placed on temporary abandoned status, reports KFYR TV. This year a Democratic lawmaker requested ...

Read More »

North Dakota increases oil well inspections on flood threat

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota regulators increased oil well inspections Wednesday because of flood threats and have told operators near the confluence of the Missouri and Yellowstone rivers to take precautions. Four nearby wells that have flooded in the past were being shut down as a precaution. Forecasters said recent rains could cause the water level near Williston to exceed ...

Read More »

ND officials investigating improper disposal of oilfield waste

The North Dakota Department of Natural Resources is in the process of investigating approximately 100 filter socks that were improperly disposed of in Williston, reports the Forum News Service (FNS). Clean-up of the site is expected to begin today. The scene was discovered by a citizen who alerted state authorities earlier this week. Used filter socks are a waste product ...

Read More »

Storing stacked rigs in the Bakken

As the current slowdown of drilling operations in the Bakken persists and rigs are stacked, they have to go someplace, but where? The Dickinson Press reports that as the rig count continues to fall, companies are in growing need of locations to store the unused drilling rigs. However, the rigs can’t stray too far from the oil patch in the ...

Read More »

Pipeline not state inspected before 3M-gallon saltwater leak

BISMARCK, N.D. — A North Dakota official says a pipeline that spilled nearly 3 million gallons of saltwater produced during oil drilling wasn’t inspected by the state prior to being used. North Dakota Industrial Commission spokeswoman Alison Ritter said Wednesday that the pipeline was installed in July, but a shortage of qualified inspectors means state oversight has been minimal of ...

Read More »

After latest spill, ND Democrats to revisit monitoring bill

BISMARCK, N.D. — Following the largest saltwater spill of North Dakota’s current oil boom, Democrats in the state legislature said Thursday they will revisit measures overwhelmingly rejected two years ago that would mandate additional monitoring and safeguards. Cleanup was underway after the spill of nearly 3 million gallons of brine leaked from a pipeline in western North Dakota. It affected ...

Read More »

Bill could void Bakken oil conditioning and flaring rules

A bill sponsored by nine Republican lawmakers could potentially void North Dakota’s efforts to curb natural gas flaring and the conditioning of Bakken’s sweet crude, according to a report by The Dickinson Press. Lead sponsor of the bill Rep. Keith Kempenich said that one of the bills is in response to the flaring goals and oil conditioning standards being approved ...

Read More »