Amy Dalrymple is a Forum News Service reporter stationed in the Oil Patch. She can be reached at email@example.com or (701) 580-6890.
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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.
TIOGA - A pipeline break that spilled 20,600 barrels of oil near here is prompting one state regulator to investigate if North Dakota should have more jurisdiction over crude oil pipelines. Brian Kalk, chairman of the North Dakota Public Service Commission, said the agency he leads has the ability to inspect natural gas pipelines, but its authority is limited when it comes to crude oil lines after the commission approves them. Crude oil pipelines, such as the Tesoro Logistics line that leaked and saturated 7.3 acres of a wheat field with Bakken crude, are monitored by the Pipeline and Hazard
TIOGA - The farmer who discovered a pipeline break that spilled 20,600 barrels of Bakken crude said Thursday he hopes the industry learns from the incident and does a better job monitoring for leaks. Steve Jensen said he's been told by Tesoro Logistics it will take at least two to three years to clean up his field where he noticed the oil spill while harvesting wheat Sept.
WATFORD CITY -- An FBI agent was shot near here Monday evening while assisting in a widespread drug investigation on and around the Fort Berthold Reservation. The Minot-based agent suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was treated and released at a local hospital, FBI spokesman Kyle Loven said.