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Critics urge more inclusive testimony on oil, gas permitting

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Citizens, lawmakers, environmentalists and labor groups on Monday blasted a proposal by North Dakota regulators that attempts to narrow the definition of an “interested party” who can testify on oil and gas proposals. About a dozen people told the state Industrial Commission’s Oil and Gas Division in Bismarck that a definition saying only “an individual or ...

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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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Bakken production, flaring drop in January

Oil production in North Dakota declined by approximately 37,000 barrels per day in January and the number of wells awaiting completion continues to grow, reports the Bismarck Tribune. Regulators are attributing these figures to low oil prices. The North Dakota Department of Natural Resources released the preliminary production figures for January earlier this week. January production was reported to be ...

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Hess Corp. forgiven for not meeting ND flaring goals

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota regulators have forgiven Hess Corp. for failing to meet state-set natural gas flaring goals. Hess shut down a compressor station for 10 days late last year due to equipment issues, and company officials said that caused an increase in the amount of natural gas that was burned off and wasted. KXMB-TV reports the Industrial Commission ...

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ND state officials blamed following fiery derailment

The recent train derailment in West Virginia that resulted in a fiery blaze and the evacuation of two cities has some North Dakota groups accusing state leaders of failing to act quickly on oil conditioning standards. According to a report by The Bismarck Tribune, the recent derailment and explosion is the sixth incident involving Bakken crude oil since 2008. On ...

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Excerpts from recent North Dakota editorials

Helms’ job description should be clear The Bismarck Tribune, Bismarck, Feb. 12, 2015 There’s an effort in the Legislature to take away part of the duties of Lynn Helms, director of the Department of Mineral Resources. To a degree it appears to be a battle over semantics. Sen. Connie Triplett, D-Grand Forks, is the primary sponsor of SB2366 that seeks ...

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North Dakota bill would ban regulators from promoting oil

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota Democratic lawmakers want the state’s energy regulators to quit promoting oil development and focus solely on oversight. State law currently requires regulators to “foster, encourage and promote” oil and gas development in the state. Sen. Connie Triplett, D-Grand Forks, is sponsoring a bill that would that separate the roles and shift promotion to the state ...

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ND bill might require more monitoring on saltwater pipelines

BISMARCK, N.D. — Bipartisan legislation that would require additional monitoring and safeguards for North Dakota pipelines that carry briny oilfield wastewater has been amended to allow regulators to make the decision on an individual basis. No one spoke against the changes to the proposed legislation Thursday. The measure was filed in the wake of a recent 3-million gallon leak near ...

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Legislature should get a say in oil and gas rules

“Measure would void new North Dakota flaring, oil rules,” screams a headline from the Associated Press about Rep. Keith Kempenich’s bill to change the process by which oil regulations are passed by the Industrial Commission. That headline set up a scolding and typically intemperate editorial from the Fargo Forum which, as usual, seems to have only a superficial grasp of ...

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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 ...

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