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Top 5 Bakken stories of the week

In case you missed them, here are the top five stories from Bakken.com for the week of July 25th through July 31st. Enjoy! 5. ND oil patch county cracks down on new crew camps WILLISTON, N.D. — The Williams County Commission has adopted new rules that are intended to phase out temporary housing, including crew camps, RV and trailer parks ...

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Could enhanced oil recovery be getting a tax break?

North Dakota’s leading oil industry regulator has suggested the possibility of providing incentives for companies considering using enhanced oil recovery (EOR) methods, reports The Bismarck Tribune. Speaking to the interim Taxation Committee at the state Capitol on Tuesday, Department of Mineral Resources Director Lynn Helms outlined various enhanced recovery techniques. He told the committee that using these methods can sometimes ...

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No bust for the Bakken, state revenue to take a hit

According to North Dakota lead oil regulator, the current oil drilling slowdown in the Bakken is far from being a bust, reports the Forum News Service. North Dakota Department of Mineral Resources Director Lynn Helms did say, however, that the decline in oil prices will put stress on state revenue for the next couple years and could prevent the state ...

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Alturas Energy violates NDIC rules and faces $900,000 fine

The North Dakota Industrial Commission has ordered Idaho-based Alturas Energy to pay $900,000 for violating a variety of state rules governing the oil and gas industry. The company was notified in April by the commission that it had unlawfully abandoned wells and equipment, didn’t report spills nor clean them up, and violated other reporting requirements. The violations began in July ...

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Panel scales back new oil rules for North Dakota reservation

BISMARCK, N.D. — Tribal leaders from a prolific portion of North Dakota’s oil-rich Fort Berthold Reservation are scaling back proposed drilling regulations that industry officials warned could slow crude production. Leaders of a section of the reservation that produces the most oil recently formed the West Segment Regulatory Commission, based in Mandaree, to impose its own regulations on oil drilling ...

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NDIC aims for consistency with Bakken flaring exemptions

A second operator in the Bakken was granted a flaring exemption today due to a pipeline that Oneok was unable to complete due to right-of-way constraints. The North Dakota Industrial Commission voted unanimously to “stay consistent” and allow Oxy USA to avoid penalties due to its flared gas on wells affected by Oneok’s cancelled gas pipeline project on the Fort ...

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Bakken rig count at five year low

As of Monday the number of active drilling rigs in the Williston Basin hit its lowest level since December of 2009, reports KTVQ News. Monday’s number of active drilling rigs was tallied at a paltry 75. On this day one year ago, there were 190 drilling rigs active in the Bakken. The record number of rigs in North Dakota’s Bakken ...

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