Amy Dalrymple / Bismarck Tribune
BISMARCK—Optimism is high ahead of the 2018 Williston Basin Petroleum Conference, where North Dakota's oil industry is set to discuss technology advancements that could recover even more oil from the Bakken. More than 2,150 people are registered for the event that starts Tuesday at the Bismarck Event Center, with additional participants expected to attend throughout the three-day event. The conference will showcase research projects that are underway to increase the potential of the Bakken and target more oil-producing formations.
BISMARCK—Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke plans to spend four days next week in North Dakota, including visiting Theodore Roosevelt National Park and meeting with state and tribal leaders. Zinke, who was invited to Bismarck to speak at an oil industry conference, will spend Monday, May 21, through Thursday, May 24, in North Dakota, followed by a three-day visit to South Dakota, Interior Press Secretary Heather Swift said.
BISMARCK—It was throwback Thursday for the North Dakota Industrial Commission on May 17. Members approved meeting minutes from the past eight months after falling behind with publishing the records, a delay commissioners said was due to a staffing shortage. Gov. Doug Burgum and Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, two of the three commission members, did not ask any questions as they approved the minutes, which were from 12 previous meetings dating back to August 2017.
BISMARCK—North Dakota natural gas production hit another record high in March even as oil production dropped, illustrating the need for more gas infrastructure in the Bakken. The state produced more than 2.1 billion cubic feet per day of natural gas, with companies flaring about 12 percent of gas produced, the Department of Mineral Resources said Tuesday, May 15. Oil production dropped about 1 percent in March to 1.16 million barrels per day, preliminary figures show.
MINOT, N.D.—An Air Force ammunition container that fell off a Humvee in northwest North Dakota was still missing on Monday, May 14, and under investigation by the U.S. Air Force. A search involving Minot Air Force Base personnel was called off over the weekend after airmen exhausted efforts to find the missing ammunition container, said Danielle Lucero, public affairs officer for the base. A 91st Missile Wing Security Forces team lost a container of grenade rounds after it fell off a Humvee on May 1 while traveling on rough gravel roads west of Parshall.
BISMARCK—The North Dakota Department of Transportation is proposing to remove the historic Long X Bridge and is seeking a public or private agency to adopt one or more segments of the structure.
BISMARCK — Three men accused of damaging U.S. Forest Service land four years ago while going mudding in the Little Missouri National Grasslands now face criminal charges in federal court. The charges recently unsealed in U.S. District Court stem from a June 2014 incident involving pickups that drove in an illegal off-road use area along the North Dakota-Montana border in McKenzie County.
BISMARCK—Scott Overson can't remember how many times he's seen a trench cave in while conducting inspections for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. But the first time it happened, Oct. 7, 2003, is a date Overson has never forgotten. During a routine inspection in Fargo for a lift station that was being installed, an excavation caved in while he was interviewing employees. "It really made me realize how sudden and very quick that a trench can cave in," said Overson, assistant area director of the Bismarck OSHA office. "It really kind of hit me hard."
BISMARCK—It's been two months since the United Way opened an emergency homeless shelter in downtown Bismarck, and the facility already has success stories. "We have a lot of people who have been having a lot of success with getting employment and getting their own apartments," said Jena Gullo, executive director of the Missouri Slope Areawide United Way. The facility opened in March as a short-term housing solution for Bismarck, but United Way leadership has since decided to continue the program indefinitely, Gullo said.
BISMARCK—Marathon Petroleum Corp. announced Monday, April 30, it is merging with Andeavor, the owner of North Dakota's two oil refineries. Marathon Petroleum is buying Andeavor for more than $23 billion, a transaction that would make the combined company the largest U.S. refiner. The combined company will have headquarters in Findlay, Ohio, and will be called Marathon Petroleum, said Andeavor spokeswoman Destin Singleton. Andeavor, recently known as Tesoro, employs 300 people at the Mandan Refinery and the Dickinson Refinery.