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North Dakota adopts rules to reduce oil industry spills

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota regulators on Wednesday adopted new rules aimed at reducing spills in the state’s oil patch, despite objections by the industry. The state Industrial Commission approved the rules that include bonding and third-party inspections of gathering pipelines that carry briny oilfield wastewater. Another new rule requires berms at least 6 inches high be built around existing ...

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Gov. Dalrymple: North Dakota oil industry ‘solid’

North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple plans to meet with EPA officials to discuss CO2 emissions. The EPA Clean Power Plan has been met with resistance and is considered unnecessary federal overreach.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple says the state’s unprecedented oil boom is far from going bust. Dalrymple told an audience of several hundred at the Williston Basin Petroleum Conference and Expo in Bismarck that the oil industry is “as solid as solid can be.” State Mineral Resources Director Lynn Helms says there are about 11,000 Bakken wells ...

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Dickinson pump jack denied after residents complain

Maybe if the company had proposed to make the pump jack look like an actual horsehead their neighbors wouldn’t have complained. This week just outside Dickinson, working on a newly acquired oil well, a company replaced the existing underground pump with an above-ground pump jack. On Tuesday, after numerous complaints from nearby residents, it was deemed “an eyesore and a ...

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BLM proposes flaring rule that could have big impact state revenues, royalty owners

A new rule will be presented by the Bureau of Land Management Thursday in Dickinson that could have a big impact on state tax revenues and royalty owner income. The proposed rule, which is aimed at curbing emissions and flaring, would seek to limit flaring from wells with mineral leases, but industry representatives warn the rule is duplicative to existing state ...

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Bakken asset sales require background check – regulators

To prevent inexperienced buyers taking control of infrastructure in Bakken asset sales, North Dakota regulators require background checks before approval. (Image: Range Resources Corp. Handout photo)

Last week North Dakota’s top energy regulator admitted he was concerned about investment groups such as hedge funds buying oil assets in the state. According to Reuters media, this concern is prompting Department of Mineral Resources Director Lynn Helms to run background checks on potential buyers. During a monthly conference call Helms said he is worried that some buyers will ...

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ND Governor to O&G – Preserve Little Missouri State Park

Last week Gov. Jack Dalrymple implored that an oil company developing an expansive drilling unit to be mindful of Little Missouri State Park as work in the area continues. As reported by Forum News Service, Dalrymple made the comment after the Industrial Commission, North Dakota’s three-member oil and gas regulatory body, received updated information about the progress of the Corral ...

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New rules aimed at North Dakota’s oil industry

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota regulators are proposing new rules aimed at the oil industry. A slate of proposed rules were unveiled Tuesday, including a requirement that would require bonding for all crude and saltwater pipelines. Another new rule would require berms of at least a foot high to be built around a well site. Department of Mineral Resources Director ...

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North Dakota crude production climbs in November

Last week state energy officials announced that North Dakota crude production in November rose slightly, despite low oil prices. However, as reported by The Wall Street Journal (WSJ), North Dakota Department of Mineral Resources Director Lynn Helms warned oil and gas companies that current production rates are not sustainable at current prices. “We need $50 oil to keep production flat. ...

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Regulators to give written reason for cutting oilfield fines

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota regulators say they will provide written justification if fines and other sanctions are lowered against companies that violate the state’s oil and gas laws. Department of Mineral Resources Director Lynn Helms says he was directed by the state Industrial Commission on Monday to provide the documentation. Regulators have been publicly criticized for easing penalties as much ...

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