Amy Dalrymple / Bismarck Tribune
BISMARCK—The budget deal approved by Congress and signed into law Friday, Feb. 9, includes the expansion of a tax credit that supporters say will help North Dakota's energy industry develop carbon capture technology and reduce emissions. The two-year budget bill includes provisions that are identical to legislation introduced by Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., that enhances and extends the tax credit known as Section 45Q. The tax credit provides an incentive for carbon capture utilization and storage, such as projects that use carbon dioxide for enhanced oil recovery.
BISMARCK — Public Service Commissioner Brian Kroshus formally announced Tuesday, Feb. 6, plans to seek election, emphasizing the goal of building a stronger North Dakota through responsible development. "Our job is to make sure it's done right," Kroshus said from the state Republican Party headquarters. Meanwhile, Casey Buchmann, of Washburn, is seeking the Democratic-NPL endorsement to run for the same position. Buchmann said he hopes to bring the voice of the people to the commission.
WILLISTON, N.D. — The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating an incident that killed a worker last week at an oil site east of Williston. Jared Rizzo, 23, an employee of Wisco Inc., died Thursday, Feb. 1, from his injuries after being struck by a falling traveling block on a workover rig, said Eric Brooks, director of the Bismarck Area OSHA office. An OSHA investigator was at the site on Friday and planned to return to the site Monday, Brooks said.
KILLDEER, N.D. — The North Dakota Oil and Gas Division is monitoring a spill that occurred last week at a saltwater disposal well about 25 miles north of Killdeer. Deep Creek Adventures Co. verbally notified state regulators on Jan. 30 of a spill that occurred that day. It was later estimated to involve about 23,940 gallons of produced water and 420 gallons of oil.
BISMARCK—Conservationists warned Thursday, Feb. 1, that North Dakota's Badlands are threatened by oil and gas development unless the public and state leaders take action. The Badlands Conservation Alliance and the North Dakota Wildlife Federation released a short film called "Keeping All the Pieces" aimed at trying to minimize impacts of energy development on the state's natural resources.
BISMARCK — Spirit Lake Nation Chairwoman Myra Pearson recalled Wednesday, Jan. 31, the time she and her grandson tried to meet with someone at the North Dakota Capitol, unaware that a Dakota Access Pipeline protest was taking place outside. Pearson was met by law enforcement and asked to leave, an incident that prompted her to think she would never go back. But on Wednesday, Pearson and other tribal leaders who participated in a two-day conference in Bismarck said relationships with the state have improved significantly in the past year.
BISMARCK—A Bismarck native is featured on the cover of Time magazine as part of a wave of women running for political office across the nation. Shireen Ghorbani, a graduate of St. Mary's Central High School who now lives in Utah, is running for Congress as a Democrat, challenging Republican incumbent Rep. Chris Stewart in Utah's 2nd District. Ghorbani, 36, said her decision to run for office was prompted in part by the 2016 death of her mother, Daphne Ghorbani, a longtime English teacher at St. Mary's and an education professor at the University of Mary.
WATFORD CITY, N.D.—A $150 million natural gas processing plant is proposed near Watford City in western North Dakota that would help the state reduce flaring and keep up with increasing volumes of Bakken natural gas. Hess Midstream Partners announced Thursday plans to partner with Targa Resources Corp. to construct the Little Missouri Four plant to process 200 million cubic feet of natural gas per day.
BISMARCK—The North Dakota Industrial Commission on Wednesday denied an oil company's request for long-term relief from natural gas flaring restrictions, saying it would be counter to the state's gas capture policy. Marathon Oil requested exemptions from the state's flaring restrictions for several wells predominantly on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation until larger pipelines can be installed in the area.
BISMARCK—Revised natural gas numbers released this week show North Dakota's oil industry failed to meet the state gas capture target in October. The latest numbers from the Department of Mineral Resources show the industry flared slightly more than 16 percent of Bakken natural gas produced in October, not 15 percent as the agency reported from preliminary figures. That means the industry did not meet the targets set by the North Dakota Industrial Commission, which requires companies to capture 85 percent of Bakken gas, or flare no more than 15 percent.