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  • Necessary action - 07/20/2014 (Full story) With lackluster gains on flaring, operators can expect strict enforcement of new North Dakota Industrial Commission, NDIC, rules which will restrict production in order to meet the state's new gas capture targets. May's flaring percentage dropped only slightly to 28 percent from 30 percent in April,....

  • The ‘hand-in-glove' fit - 07/20/2014 (Full story) Whiting Petroleum didn't have to go far to make a great deal. The key to becoming the leading Bakken producer was just across the street. On July 13, Whiting Petroleum, which does business in North Dakota as Whiting Oil and Gas, announced its acquisition of Kodiak Oil and Gas. The two companies' cor....

  • Contending with weather - 07/20/2014 (Full story) North Dakota posted its fourth highest monthly production increase in May with output rising by 36,379 barrels per day over April to a new record high 1,039,635 bpd, an increase of 3.6 percent. However, the increase was expected to be greater, and were it not for adverse weather, it likely would hav....

  • New ND DSU apps double in July - 07/20/2014  The number of new Bakken-pool drill spacing units, DSUs, that the North Dakota Industrial Commission is being asked to create in July applications essentially doubled from the 60-plus DSUs requested in June. The Industrial Commission will consider applications from 18 North Dakota operators for 122....

  • Pipelines continue to pick up Williston Basin crude exports - 07/20/2014  For the fifth consecutive month, crude oil exports from the Williston Basin through pipelines increased at the expense of rail exports in May according to data released on July 14 by the North Dakota Pipeline Authority. Pipelines gained four export market share percentage points in May achieving 34....

  • Start-up slowed on Enbridge's Midcon Flanagan South project - 07/20/2014  To the surprise of few in the crude trading business, Enbridge has been forced to delay the in-service date for its Flanagan South pipeline, which it has viewed from the outset as a challenge to TransCanada's Keystone XL. Launching the 585,000 barrels per day Midcontinent connection from Flanagan, I....

  • New flaring rules raise many questions - 07/20/2014  When the North Dakota Petroleum Council's flaring task force developed gas capture targets, it didn't expect those targets to become the crux of new production restriction rules. On July 1, the North Dakota Industrial Commission, NDIC, approved an order that allows production curtailment if gas capt....

  • July drilling apps focus on Bakken core - 07/20/2014  Applications to increase well densities which the North Dakota Industrial Commission will consider during hearings on July 23 and 24 are limited to the five Bakken core counties of Divide, Dunn, McKenzie, Mountrail and Williams, with much of the infill activity focused on Mountrail and McKenzie. In....

  • Additional info on NDTL August lease nominations - 07/20/2014  As Petroleum News Bakken reported in the July 13 edition, 23,111.23 acres in 268 tracts across seven counties have been nominated for the August North Dakota Department of Trust Lands oil and gas lease auction (see table and map). Nominating the most acreage was TOPT LLC of Golden, Colorado, with 9....

  • Flaring apps continue amid stiffer regs - 07/20/2014  Five operators in the Williston Basin submitted 16 applications for flaring exemptions which the North Dakota Industrial Commission, NDIC, will consider at its hearings July 23-25. The applications come following a unanimous vote on July 1 by the commission for new production restriction rules in o....

  • Iowa governor scrutinizing Bakken pipeline - 07/20/2014  A proposed pipeline that would stretch from North Dakota to Illinois is meeting some resistance in Iowa. Energy Transfer Partners, ETP, has plans to run a 1,100-mile crude oil pipeline from the Bakken oil fields to Patoka, Illinois, where the crude would have access to outlets to the East Coast, Gu....

  • Trying to rid the rails of older DOT-111 cars - 07/20/2014  The oil and rail industries agreed on July 14 to a schedule for retiring the older DOT-111 rail cars and toughening the design for newer cars, but the industry that relies on the tank cars most was not invited to the discussion. The U.S. refining industry, represented by the American Fuel and Petroc....

  • Jayhawk resumes Madison production - 07/20/2014  Post Falls, Idaho-based Jayhawk Energy announced on July 14 that it has resumed production in its five active wells in the Crosby field on the Canadian border in northeast Divide County, North Dakota. All five are horizontal Madison pool wells. The wells have not operated concurrently since Septem....

  • New pipeline will fill Dickinson refinery - 07/20/2014  A new pipeline carrying Bakken crude is an essential piece to supplying diesel to the state's operators. On July 12, the North Dakota Public Service Commission approved a pipeline proposed by True companies subsidiary Belle Fourche Pipeline that will send 20,000 barrels of crude per day to the new....


  • Canada's Inter Pipeline tapping into Viking - 07/20/2014  Fast-growing light, tight oil production in west-central Saskatchewan has prompted Inter Pipeline to spend C$100 million expanding its shipping network in the region by adding 95,000 barrels per day of capacity to its 1 million bpd of current deliveries. The Calgary-based company, which handles 15 p....

  • Hess takes back ND's No. 1 producer title - 07/20/2014  Hess Corp., operating as Hess Bakken Investments in North Dakota, emerged as North Dakota's top Bakken oil producer in May, retaking a position it had held in December and January before being bumped into the No. 2 spot by Continental Resources. Averaging 88,847 barrels of oil per day, Hess just bar....

  • North Dakota Pipeline Authority - 07/20/2014  Subscribers: To view the "North Dakota Pipeline Authority monthly update July 2014" please visit the above PDF link.....

  • IPs for ND Bakken wells - 07/20/2014  Subscribers: To view the "IPs for ND Bakken wells" chart, please visit the above PDF link.....

  • ND weekly county permit totals - 07/20/2014  Subscribers: To view the "ND weekly county permit totals" chart please visit the above PDF link.....

  • Top 10 Bakken wells by IP rate - 07/20/2014  Subscribers: To view the "Top 10 Bakken wells by IP rate" chart please visit the above PDF link.....

  • North Dakota oil permit activity - 07/20/2014  Subscribers: To view the "North Dakota oil permit activity" chart please visit the above PDF link.....

  • North Dakota Bakken oil production by company - 07/20/2014  Subscribers: To view the "North Dakota Bakken oil production by company" chart please visit the above PDF link.....

  • Top 50 North Dakota Bakken oil producers - 07/20/2014  Subscribers: To view the "Top 50 North Dakota Bakken oil producers" chart please visit the above PDF link.....

  • UND taps Erickson as EERC interim leader - 07/20/2014  Tom Erickson has been appointed interim director of the Energy & Environmental Research Center, a high-tech, nonprofit research center at the University of North Dakota that pursues research and development in order to successfully demonstrate and commercialize innovative technologies. Erickson has....

  • Judge bars conservationists from MT suit - 07/20/2014  On June 10, Judge Richard Leon entered an order denying intervention into a federal lawsuit by several conservation groups. Solenex LLC filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia against Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, the Secretary of Agriculture, director of the Bureau....

  • Oil Patch Bits: Univar opens new oil & gas facility in North Dakota - 07/20/2014  Univar Inc., a leading global chemical distributor of industrial and specialty chemicals and related chemistry services, held a grand opening ceremony June 30 for a new, permanent facility in Dickinson, North Dakota, to support its oil and gas business in the Williston Basin. The ribbon cutting cere....

  • Oil Patch Bits: ClearSpan to hold annual photo contest - 07/20/2014  ClearSpan Fabric Structures, the industry leader in tension fabric buildings, has launched its annual photo contest and is looking for you to submit your amazing ClearSpan building photos. Whether it's used for sand and salt storage, an indoor riding arena or as a shelter for a stingray tank, send i....


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