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Natural gas flaring in North Dakota has declined sharply since 2014

natural gas flaring in North dakota

The volume of North Dakota’s natural gas production that is flared has fallen sharply in both absolute and percentage terms since 2014. In March 2016, 10 percent of North Dakota’s total natural gas production was flared, less than one-third of the January 2014 flaring rate, which was at 36 percent. Flaring rates and volumes have significantly decreased as North Dakota’s ...

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ND official: Natural gas liquids spill at gathering pipeline

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Health Department says about 42 gallons of natural gas liquids spilled at a gathering pipeline and entered a tributary to the Green River in Billings County. North Dakota Water Quality Director Karl Rockeman says Monday’s spill of about one barrel of condensate into Spring Creek was reported by pipeline operator Oneok Rockies Midstream. ...

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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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Top 5 Bakken stories of the week — February 13-20

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Well, folks, the “Top five Bakken stories of the week” has made a comeback after an indefinite hiatus (it’s a long story). Oil prices are still low, layoffs still haunt the industry, and the state of North Dakota is facing it’s own heap of crises (just to name a few). Since it’s been awhile, we’ve reached back a couple weeks in ...

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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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North Dakota regulators mull easing pipeline spill fine

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota regulators are considering easing a record $2.4 million fine levied against a Texas company for a pipeline spill that spewed saltwater and oil for three months before being detected. The North Dakota Industrial Commission, a three-member all-Republican panel led by Gov. Jack Dalrymple, approved the sanction in June against Woodlands, Texas-based Summit Midstream Partners and ...

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Stenehjem kicks off campaign for North Dakota governor

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem (STEHN’-juhm) has kicked off his campaign for governor while former North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Sarah Vogel has established an exploratory committee for a potential bid. Stenehjem was announcing his gubernatorial bid on Tuesday in Grand Forks, Fargo and Bismarck. Stenehjem is a Republican. He is running for the seat being vacated ...

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