Amy Dalrymple / Bismarck Tribune
BISMARCK—North Dakota oil production is expected to return to record levels this summer, but executives of top Bakken companies said Thursday, May 24, they expect the resurgence to be slow and steady. "We're taking a real disciplined approach to development," said Brad Holly, president and CEO of Whiting Petroleum. "We've had enough booms and busts. We need to get this one right." Whiting, now the No. 3 North Dakota oil producer after selling some assets during the downturn, has five drilling rigs operating in the state with no immediate plans to add more.
BISMARCK—Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum shared similar visions Wednesday, May 23, for regulating oil development, focused on partnering with industry to spur innovation. "I don't think the government should be in a position to be an adversary," Zinke said as he delivered the keynote speech at the Williston Basin Petroleum Conference in Bismarck. "We have to, as Interior, be a better partner. We have to work with industry."
BISMARCK—A wind farm west of Mandan is scheduled to be one of the first in the state to implement an alternative to blinking red lights, but the company says it still needs federal approval before installing the technology. North Dakota legislators last year directed the Public Service Commission to adopt rules that require light-mitigating technology for wind turbines.
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.