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A tour planned for Monday aims to draw attention to an area north of Minot where oil development is blamed for damaging the land, something organizers say could happen in the Bakken if precautions aren't taken. "My goal with this tour is to wake up our state officials," said Donny Nelson, a farmer and rancher in McKenzie County, who is leading a tour to Bottineau County. The tour, which was planned before a 20,600-barrel oil spill was discovered in Tioga will include stops at sites where pipelines leaked and spilled saltwater, a byproduct of oil production that is 20 times saltier than seawa
TIOGA -- Alarm bells went off for Eric Haugstad as the Tesoro official listened to the conference call from San Antonio. Crews burned oil that had pooled in a wheat field following a pipeline leak near here, but discovered more oil as they began digging to expose the pipe. "That's when I said 'I've got to go pack my bag,'" recalled Haugstad, who has years of experience responding to major oil spills. Haugstad is director of contingency planning and response for Tesoro.
WILLISTON -- North Dakota mineral owners filed lawsuits Wednesday against 10 oil and gas companies seeking damages for natural gas that was flared. Bismarck attorney Derrick Braaten said the plaintiffs are owed millions in lost royalties for the flared natural gas, and the case will likely grow to include more companies. "We're looking at potentially statewide, all operators," Braaten said. Attorneys from five law firms in North Dakota, Colorado, Texas, Montana and Wyoming are involved with the cases and have established a website, www.ndgas flaringlitigation.com. A news release issued We
TIOGA -- An inspection of a pipeline that leaked 20,600 barrels of oil near here showed a "serious problem" but the company did not receive the test results until after the spill occurred, a North Dakota state regulator said. In addition, Tesoro Logistics had not fully installed real-time pressure monitoring and automatic shut-down devices to the pipeline and was in the process of doing so at the time of the spill, said Lynn Helms, director of the North Dakota Department of Mineral Resources. Helms makes several comments about the pipeline break in an email to his daughter obtained by Forum
WILLISTON -- North Dakota oil and gas production hit two milestones in August, exceeding daily production of 900,000 barrels of oil and 1 billion cubic feet of natural gas for the first time. Oil production rose 4 percent in August to 911,242 barrels per day, according to preliminary figures released Tuesday by the Department of Mineral Resources. "I think that tells us that late this year or very early next year we'll see 1 million barrels a day," Department of Mineral Resources Director Lynn Helms said.
Sept. 29: Between 8:30 and 9 p.m., landowner Steve Jensen discovers oil in his wheat field. Within minutes, Tesoro is notified. After 10 p.m.: North Dakota Department of Health is first notified of spill through North Dakota Department of Emergency Services. Sept. 30: 12:16 a.m.* National Response Center is notified by Tesoro of a pipeline break that caused an unknown amount of oil to spill. 12:20 a.m.
Name: Gary Zuroff Hometown: Glendive, Mont. Positions with the city: Public Works Director For how long: February When did you move to Dickinson: My wife Kari and I purchased a home in Dickinson in May and we have been full-time Dickinson residents for about three months. What do you like most about your job? least? The part of the job that appeals to me the most is the busy/fast pace that came with the enormous growth of the city.
TIOGA -- As crews continue cleaning up after a pipeline break spilled 20,600 barrels of oil near here, more national media outlets are finding their way to the site in northwest North Dakota. Farmer Steve Jensen, who discovered the spill in his wheat field, had a TV crew from Al Jazeera America and a freelance photographer pull into his yard Sunday. "It's been quite overwhelming," said Jensen, who estimates he's lost two days of work to media interviews. "It's quite an experience.
TIOGA, N.D. - As crews continue cleaning up after a pipeline break spilled 20,600 barrels of oil near here, more national media outlets are finding their way to the site in northwest North Dakota. Farmer Steve Jensen, who discovered the spill in his wheat field, had a TV crew from Al Jazeera America and a freelance photographer pull into his yard Sunday. "It's been quite overwhelming," said Jensen, who estimates he's lost two days of work to media interviews. "It's quite an experience.
WILLISTON -- With "now hiring" signs posted throughout the Bakken, even the agency charged with filling job openings struggles to keep a full staff. Cindy Sanford, manager of the Williston branch of Job Service North Dakota, is often looking to fill vacancies in her own office while also helping companies find workers. "We're like everybody else," Sanford said. "We say we feel your pain because we know.