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Dunn County well reveals strength of Whiting’s enhanced completions

Experimenting with enhanced well completions has Whiting Petroleum delivering 40 to 50 percent higher production from older offset wells in the Williston Basin. One of its Skunk Creek wells in South Fork field of northeast Dunn County reached an initial 24-hour production rate of 4,300 barrels of oil equivalent (BOE) per day from an enhanced completion middle Bakken well, making ...

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BLM asks public to comment on pipeline project

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The Bureau of Land Management’s Field Office in North Dakota is asking for the public’s input on a right-of-way application for Bakken Oil Express Pipeline LLC’s BOE II Project, The Dickinson Press reports. The 42-foot oil pipeline would run from a Johnson’s Corner Facility to a BOE facility in Killdeer and end in near Dickinson. A press release from the ...

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Oil company gets temporary relief from gas flaring rules

BISMARCK, N.D. — State regulators are giving an oil company some temporary relief from North Dakota’s gas flaring rate requirements. XTO Energy argued it had nowhere to take gas from 143 oil wells in Dunn and McKenzie counties because gas-processing company OneOK couldn’t secure an easement agreement from the Three Affiliated Tribes and build a 20-mile pipeline expansion. The Bismarck ...

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Oil company requesting flaring exceptions for 140 oil wells

BISMARCK, N.D. — An oil company is asking the state regulators to grant an exception to North Dakota’s flaring rate requirements for 140 of its oil wells in Dunn and McKenzie counties. The Bismarck Tribune reports that XTO Energy is arguing it has nowhere to take its gas because gas-processing company OneOK couldn’t secure an easement agreement and build a 20-mile ...

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Radioactive waste landfills becoming contentious issue

BISMARCK, N.D. — A special waste landfill in far western North Dakota will seek to dispose of radioactive waste, if it becomes legal. Charles Slaughter, of Canada-based Gibson Energy, said his company plans to step up at its WISCO landfill west of Williston about 1 mile from the Montana line, The Bismarck Tribune reported. “We will modify our permit to ...

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Bakken oil drillers retreat to the core: Kemp

John Kemp is a Reuters market analyst. The views expressed are his own LONDON – North Dakota’s oil producers have pulled back to the core areas of the Bakken formation to cut costs and maximize output amid the slump in prices. The number of active rigs in the state has fallen to just 121, from 190 a year ago, according ...

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Occidental suspends drilling in the Bakken

On Wednesday a representative from Occidental Petroleum Corp. told Dunn County commissioners that the company probably won’t be actively drilling or fracking in the area until March, according to a report from The Dickinson Press. In an earnings call last month, Occidental CEO Steve Chazen announced that the company “virtually eliminated” capital spending in North Dakota and in some international ...

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Oil and gas lease sale brings in $4.3 million

BILLINGS, Mont. — Federal land managers say an auction of oil and gas leases in North Dakota brought in almost $4.3 million. The Bureau of Land Management said seven leases were sold totaling 1,742 acres. Herco LLC of Billings submitted the highest per-acre bid, offering $13,750 for a 233-acre parcel in Dunn County. BLM oil and gas leases are awarded ...

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Oil patch counties in opposition to impact authority

Members of the North Dakota Association of Oil and Gas Producing Counties voted to oppose a bill that would create a new authority for regional oil and gas infrastructure planning, according to The Dickinson Press. The county members said that an entity with authority over strategic planning for oil and gas developments would create more bureaucracy and confusion. The authority, ...

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