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BISMARCK — As North Dakota oil production approaches the milestone of producing 1 million barrels a day, CEOs of three top Bakken companies said Thursday that’s only the beginning. Continental Resources CEO Harold Hamm said he projects that technology advancements will push the state’s production to 2 million barrels per day. “I don’t think that’s over the top, folks,” Hamm said Thursday, drawing applause during the final day of the Williston Basin Petroleum Conference.
BISMARCK – The CEO of Marathon Oil Corp. called for lifting the U.S. ban on crude oil exports Wednesday during his keynote address at the Williston Basin Petroleum Conference. “Lifting today’s crude oil exports restrictions would help strengthen the U.S. economy, foster job creation and promote the efficient development of the domestic energy sector,” said Lee Tillman. The current ban threatens U.S.
BISMARCK – Bakken crude oil is similar to other light, sweet crudes and does not pose a greater risk to transport by rail, a North Dakota Petroleum Council study found. The study, released Tuesday during the Williston Basin Petroleum Conference, is the third independent study to confirm that Bakken crude does not differ significantly than other crude oils, said Kari Cutting, vice president of the industry group.
TIOGA — The expansion of the Hess Corp. Tioga Gas Plant will significantly reduce natural gas flaring and could be North Dakota’s gateway to the petrochemical industry. State and company officials gathered here Monday to celebrate the completion of the plant’s expansion, which more than doubles the plant’s processing capacity. The expanded gas plant now produces ethane, a new product for North Dakota.
WILLISTON — At 31, Michelle Thomas is back living at home, but it’s not by choice. The Williston woman was forced to move in with her grandmother in Bainville, Mont., after her apartment building was sold and the new owner increased the rent. Thomas said she learned on Jan. 20 that her rent of $550 a month for a one-bedroom in Williston’s Park Village Apartments would increase to $900 in March. In addition, the new building owner required tenants to pay a higher security deposit, she said.
CARTWRIGHT — Northwest North Dakota has more people and traffic than it did a decade ago when Dennis and Brenda Ahlfs began traveling from Minnesota for paddlefish season.
MANDAREE — Two years ago, Teresa Van Deusen felt helpless when an oilfield worker lost his arm in a drilling rig accident and had to wait two hours for an ambulance to arrive. Once the ambulance got to the remote North Dakota oilfield location, the paramedics decided to call for a helicopter, adding another 20 minutes. “I don’t find that acceptable,” said Van Deusen, safety specialist for WPX Energy. On Wednesday, the company demonstrated its new emergency response plan, which not only gets injured workers to a trauma center in about an hour, but also will improve emergency response to the
WILLISTON — Citizens here pleaded with the Williston City Commission Tuesday to address steep increases in rental prices, with some comparing the displacement of residents to a natural disaster. City commissioners plan to ask the North Dakota Attorney General’s Office whether there’s anything the city can do to provide relief.
By Amy Dalrymple Forum News Service WILLISTON — North Dakota oil production hit another all-time high in March at 977,051 barrels per day after three months of tough winter weather slowed the state’s oil activity. “We are back to setting records, just barely,” Department of Mineral Resources Director Lynn Helms said Tuesday. The preliminary oil production figure for March is a 2.6 percent increase over February’s production. Winter weather continued to affect oil production in March, with a few days where temperatures were well below zero, several days with winds too high for some crews t
TIOGA – State and local officials responded to a well control incident at an oil and gas well northwest of Tioga, the Department of Mineral Resources said Monday. Crews reported losing control of the well about 8 p.m. Friday and an unknown amount of oil, gas and water has been released, said Kris Roberts environmental response team leader with the North Dakota Department of Health. The release has been contained to the site, Roberts said.