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Top 5 Bakken stories of the week

Here are the top five stories from Bakken.com for the week of April 4 through April 11. Enjoy! 5. Clock keeps ticking toward North Dakota oil tax break The clock kept ticking in March on a potential $5.3 billion, two-year tax break for North Dakota’s oil industry after a state-calculated average of the month’s crude price fell below $52.59 per barrel. The ...

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Taylor pushes ND to be “As good as Norway”

In a 2011 New York Times article, Michael E. Webber, associate director for the Center for International Energy and Environmental Policy at the University of Texas, offered a grim perspective of North Dakota’s gas flaring habit: “North Dakota is not as bad as Kazakhstan, but this is not what you would expect a civilized, efficient society to do: to flare ...

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Punishing the good guys won’t fix flaring problem

The North Dakota Industrial Commission – the triumvirate of statewide elected officials which oversees, among other things, oil and gas development in the state – has set goals for reducing flaring, or the burning off of excess natural gas produced during oil development. Companies which don’t hit those goals can be hit with a fine of up to $12,500 per ...

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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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Senate rejects Bakken flaring bill

Last Thursday North Dakota senators shot down a measure that aimed to further restrict and reduce flaring activity, according to a report by the Forum News Service. Senate Bill 2287 failed with 35 votes against and 11 in favor. The bill would have cut the amount of time a well is allowed to flare from one year to 90 days. ...

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WOGCC cracks down on flaring


With its string of rejections to flaring requests, the Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission seems to be sending the state’s oil and gas industry a message to cut back on gas flaring. The most recent of the rejections occurred last week in response to a flaring request from Chesapeake Energy, according to the Star Tribune. The company had asked ...

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ND daily oil production sets record, but rig count dropping

BISMARCK, N.D. — The number of barrels of oil produced per day in North Dakota set a record in December, but the tally of rigs in the oil patch has dropped precipitously since then, state regulators said Friday. The state’s Mineral Resources Department estimated December production at slightly more than 38 million barrels, or about 1.23 million barrels per day. ...

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Senate bill introduced to expedite pipeline permitting

On Monday U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp introduced bipartisan legislation to reduce flaring and improve the capture process for natural gas across North Dakota and other states by reducing federal pipeline permitting delays. Heitkamp introduced the bill with Republican Senator John Barrasso of Wyoming. The proposed bill would require the U.S. Secretary of the Interior to respond in a timely manner ...

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Wyoming challenges trade secret ‘loophole’


When Wayne Lax first moved to Laramie County, the landscape and 10-minute bike ride to work quickly made his half-acre property feel like home. “I love where I live,” said Lax, who’s lived just outside of Cheyenne since 2000. “We can see the Rocky Mountains— it’s the most beautiful land I could ever imagine.” Though Lax appreciates the mountains and ...

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