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  • Direct effect - 12/21/2014 (Full story) Telltale signs that North Dakota's oil production is being impacted by the five-month downward spiral in global crude prices are beginning to appear in the form of hard numbers. The latest oil production data released by the Department of Mineral Resources on Dec. 12 indicate the state's oil product....

  • What's ahead in Montana - 12/21/2014 (Full story) Nearly 2,000 bill drafts have been requested for Montana's 64th legislative session that begins on Jan. 5, many directly or indirectly related to the state's oil and gas industry, and Montana Petroleum Association, MPA, Executive Director Dave Galt is gearing up for another biannual, three-month lob....

  • Exceeding expectations - 12/21/2014 (Full story) Sixty out of 68 operators in North Dakota met their gas capture targets capturing 78 percent of produced natural gas in October, exceeding the state's goal by 4 percent according to data released by the Department of Mineral Resources, DMR, on Dec. 12. That 4 percent provides some cushion as the sta....

  • Crescent Point well protected in current weak crude oil market - 12/21/2014  Crescent Point Energy has become the Canadian barometer of Bakken activity from the time the play first gained public attention. And it's being even more closely watched these days as questions pile up around the impact of falling crude prices on capital investment and corporate dividends. But, even....

  • Canadian officials take their pitch for XL approval to D.C. - 12/21/2014  The Canadian government grabbed another chance on Dec. 15 to make its case for Keystone XL in Washington, D.C., when North America's three energy ministers held their first trilateral meeting in seven years. Although the pipeline was not part of the formal agenda, Canada's Natural Resources Minister....

  • WB export share holds steady as prices slide - 12/21/2014  Railroads gained back one market share point of Williston Basin crude oil exports in October accounting for 60 percent of crude exported from the basin according to the latest export data released by the North Dakota Pipeline Authority on Dec. 12. That one percentage point came from pipelines whose....

  • Apps denied and penalties imposed - 12/21/2014  The North Dakota Industrial Commission was light on holiday cheer toward the industry while hearing cases at its Dec. 17 meeting in Bismarck. Department of Mineral Resources Director Lynn Helms brought several proposed orders to the commission and none of the votes were in favor of operators. Helms....

  • NDPA evaluates well economics - 12/21/2014  As oil prices fall to some of the lowest points within the last decade, operators in North Dakota must develop strategies to maintain a healthy rate of return. Justin Kringstad of the state's Pipeline Authority analyzed production data to determine what areas of the Bakken petroleum system remain e....

  • Abraxas to focus on Bakken in downturn - 12/21/2014  Abraxas Petroleum Corp. has cut its 2015 capital budget from $200 million to $54 million, but Bakken spending will remain intact, Robert Watson, Abraxas president and CEO, said in a Dec. 16 conference call. The company will spend $41.9 million in the Bakken. “In the Bakken all of our acreage is held....

  • Congress extends BLM pilot office program to improve O&G permitting - 12/21/2014  Congress has approved extending a pilot program to keep additional Bureau of Land Management, BLM, offices in Montana open to improve the permitting process for oil and natural gas wells on federal lands. North Dakota Sen. John Hoeven made the announcement on Dec. 12, saying it builds on his BLM Str....

  • Enbridge goes directly to the public on Line 3 pipeline replacement plans - 12/21/2014  The latest phase in Enbridge's effort to rally support for its Line 3 Replacement, L3R, program — the largest in the pipeline company's history — has been conducted in what is a rare experience for the company these days. A series of seven open houses in small communities along the pipeline route i....


  • Whiting officially becomes top ND producer - 12/21/2014  Following the Dec. 8 announcement that Whiting's acquisition of Kodiak Oil and Gas was final, all of Kodiak's 462 North Dakota wells were formally transferred over to Whiting (chart available at http://bit.ly/1ApeOZu). With the latest production data released by the Department of Mineral Resources o....

  • North Dakota Pipeline Authority - 12/21/2014  Subscribers: To view the North Dakota Pipeline Authority's monthly update for December 2014, please visit the above PDF link.....

  • IPs for ND Bakken wells - 12/21/2014  Subscribers: To view the "IPs for ND Bakken wells" chart please visit the above PDF link.....

  • ND weekly county permit totals - 12/21/2014  Subscribers: To view the "ND weekly county permit totals" chart, please visit the above PDF link.....

  • Top 10 Bakken wells by IP rate - 12/21/2014  Subscribers: To view the "Top 10 Bakken wells by IP rate" chart, please visit the above PDF link.....

  • North Dakota oil permit activity - 12/21/2014  Subscribers: To view the "North Dakota oil permit activity" chart, please visit the above PDF link.....

  • Top 50 North Dakota Bakken oil producers - 12/21/2014  Subscribers: To view the "Top 50 North Dakota Bakken oil producers" chart, please visit the above PDF link.....

  • North Dakota Bakken oil production by company - 12/21/2014  Subscribers: To view the "North Dakota Bakken oil production by company" chart, please visit the above PDF link.....

  • SM Energy focuses on Divide Co. assets - 12/21/2014  When realized oil prices hovered around $85 a barrel, SM Energy refused to “overreact to a short term period of $5 lower oil prices,” and it still maintains some of that confidence going into 2015 with significantly lower prices. However, the Denver-based independent will focus on concentrated asset....

  • ND adopts new radioactive waste regs - 12/21/2014  The North Dakota Department of Health has proposed raising the state's acceptable human exposure limits on technologically enhanced naturally occurring radioactive material, TENORM, from 5 picocuries per gram to 50, a picocurie being a measure of radiation. In oilfield operations, TENORM accumulates....

  • Rider on omnibus spending bill cuts funding for sage grouse rulemaking - 12/21/2014  A rider on the $1.1 trillion appropriations bill passed by Congress and signed by the president on Dec. 16 contained a rider that prevents government spending on rules related to sage grouse. The rider does not prevent the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service from completing its analysis required to deve....


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