Amy Dalrymple / Bismarck Tribune
BISMARCK—U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry toured North Dakota coal facilities Monday, Aug. 14, and applauded the state for its role in advancing America's energy security. "This renaissance of the energy industry in America, North Dakota is right at the tip of the spear," Perry said following a roundtable discussion with energy industry leaders. "You all are playing a very, very important role in a resurgence of America on the global stage."
WATFORD CITY, N.D.—Sen. John Hoeven pressed Wednesday for the National Weather Service to study gaps in weather radar coverage for western North Dakota following a devastating tornado in Watford City that killed a newborn baby. Hoeven, R-N.D., requested Wednesday, July 25, in a letter to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration that Watford City and western North Dakota be included in a study related to weather detection and forecasting coverage.
BISMARCK—A Bakken oil company is reiterating its policies on spill reporting after discovering last week that former employees failed to report five spills in northwest North Dakota dating back to October. Management of Zavanna recently learned about three spills that occurred at the same saltwater disposal well last year and two spills that occurred at different sites in January, said Cody Duran, vice president of operations.
MEDORA, N.D.—After surviving 25 hours in a recent snowstorm in the western North Dakota Badlands, hiker Walker Wadkins is working on a thank-you letter to the makers of duct tape. The Florida native set out on what he thought would be a two-hour hike the afternoon of March 18, exploring the canyon near a home southwest of Medora where he is staying.
BISMARCK—North Dakota oil production held steady in January despite harsh winter weather, producing an average of more than 1.17 million barrels per day. The drop of about 7,000 barrels a day since December was significantly less than regulators expected in January, a month that had extreme winds, subzero temperatures and power outages in the Bakken. "We really expected a much bigger production drop than we saw," Director of Mineral Resources Lynn Helms said Tuesday as his agency released the preliminary numbers.
BISMARCK—The Legislature's Administrative Rules Committee approved a new set of oil and gas rules Monday, but regulations that add transparency to royalty statements won't take effect until July 2019. The new rules require oil companies to clearly identify the amount and purpose of each deduction taken from royalty payments. Bruce Hicks, assistant director for the North Dakota Oil and Gas Division, said regulators heard from royalty owners who are frustrated about deductions taken from their payments and the lack of information explaining them.
BISMARCK—A company that failed to report a brine spill last fall in Bottineau County is facing a potential fine from the North Dakota Industrial Commission. A complaint alleges Great American Royalties violated state regulations that govern the oil industry by failing to report a Sept. 24 produced water spill estimated to be 470 barrels, or 19,740 gallons.
BISMARCK—A company that illegally dumped oilfield waste in western North Dakota in 2014 has paid the state more than $950,000 in fines after the state Supreme Court affirmed the fine last month. Black Hills Trucking paid $951,526 to the North Dakota Industrial Commission last week, said Alison Ritter, spokeswoman for the Department of Mineral Resources. It's the largest fine collected to date by the North Dakota Industrial Commission, Ritter said.
BISMARCK—The North Dakota Supreme Court has affirmed a $950,000 fine for a trucking company that illegally dumped oilfield waste onto a northwest North Dakota road in 2014. Black Hills Trucking challenged the fine from the North Dakota Industrial Commission, arguing it already paid a $200,000 fine to the North Dakota Department of Health for the same violations.
BISMARCK—A parcel of land adjacent to Theodore Roosevelt National Park is one step closer to being included in a federal oil and gas lease sale next year. The Bureau of Land Management recommends including a 120-acre parcel in McKenzie County bordering the North Unit of the park in a lease sale scheduled for March 2018. The federal agency has published an environmental assessment of leasing the federal minerals and is accepting public comments through Oct. 30.