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Refrac technology improving everyday, creating more production potential

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Part 2-of-5 in a Series on ReFracs in the Bakken One of the newer trends many in the industry are talking about is the technology of refracking. This buzzword is creating an image of a strategy to cut costs and boost production output. Although previous refracturing technologies were unpredictable and not very productive, Whiting Petroleum is seeing success with their ...

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ND Governor Challenges Bakken Oil Companies: Produce 2-Million-Barrels-a-Day

This is installment one of a five-part series investigating North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum’s year-end address to the energy industry.  By Jason Spiess, The Crude Life Media Network Tis’ the season for annual meetings and North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum caught many people’s attention with his public speech that was making the rounds. Burgum took full advantage of his invitation ...

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ND Oil and Gas Rules Move to Next Phase of Approval

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According to a recent report by Jason Spiess of The Crude Life Media Network, the ND Oil and Gas Division presented an order of proposed final administrative rules to the North Dakota Industrial Commission on Tuesday. The Commission voted 3-0 to approve the rule change order. Changes to the administrative code include proposals to require sundry notices for spills not ...

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Bakken Backers hosts Bakken 2.0 class Sept. 26

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Bakken Backers, a coalition of businesses, leaders, workers, and citizens who support the Bakken and its benefit to North Dakota, is hosting Bakken 2.0. Bakken 2.0 is a free education session about the latest technological trends and economic investments in one of the world’s most-recognized oil formations. The class will be held September 26 at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks ...

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Whiting announces sale of Bakken assets for $500 million

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Colorado-based energy company Whiting Petroleum Corp. announced it’s selling it a portion of its North Dakota assets, reported the Denver Business Journal today. The deal between Whiting and RimRock Oil & Gas Williston LLC is said to be worth around $500 million. The sale includes Whiting’s Forth Berthold Researvation area assets located in Dunn and McLean Counties. Whiting executives said ...

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Bakken leads rig count increase

Baker Hughes rig count, Williston, Bakken

The Baker Hughes weekly rig count total showed a small increase of six total rigs exploring for oil and gas Friday, led by an increase of three rigs in the Williston basin. Surprising areas of increase this week led to a net increase while many areas that have seen recent activity showed either losses or no increase at all. While ...

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In the world of water, it’s wise to follow the money

WAWSA, North Dakota, Western Area Water Supply Authority

There’s an old saying in journalism – “follow the money.”  That phrase inserted itself into America’s lexicon and popular culture during the movie “All the President’s Men,” a film portraying the events of Watergate.  Since then, that phrase has been taught or talked about in most basic media classes. Following the money is a basic exercise that uncovers a sizable ...

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North Dakota state government is picking winners and losers

WAWSA, North Dakota, Western Area Water Supply Authority

This is the third article in a series addressing water issues in North Dakota.  Every legislative session and campaign season, some politicians will utter the phrase “we can’t be picking winners and losers”.  This statement is often meant to squelch any conversations regarding subsidies for businesses and industries. A statement used primarily by republicans as a talking point and syntactical ...

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