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  • Positive finish - 02/22/2015 (Full story) Following two months of lackluster and even negative production growth, North Dakota's oil production finished 2014 on a high note posting a nearly 40,000 barrel per day increase in December according to preliminary data released by the Department of Mineral Resources on Feb. 13. The December produ....

  • More rail troubles - 02/22/2015 (Full story) Two North American derailments in three days have again put the spotlight on the dangers of using rail to haul crude oil, especially given that the Feb. 16 explosion and fire in West Virginia involved the use of newer version tank cars. That incident occurred in a residential area 33 miles southeast....

  • Costs down, output up - 02/22/2015 (Full story) Halcon Resources is further reducing its 2015 drilling and completion budget by $25 million, but this time it's the result of lower service costs and enhanced efficiencies, bringing the budget to $350-$400 million. In January, the company announced it was cutting its original budget of $750-$800 mi....

  • TransCanada confirms plans for its Bakken crude export pipeline - 02/22/2015  TransCanada is dangling a fresh option for moving Bakken crude from North Dakota and Montana to central and eastern Canadian refineries, setting up a possible new skirmish with the United States government in the process. It has confirmed plans announced with little fanfare last year to build the Up....

  • North Dakota DSU apps jump 29 percent in February - 02/22/2015  The number of drill spacing units that Williston Basin operators are seeking from the North Dakota Industrial Commission jumped to 81 in February, up 18 from January, up five from December and up 33 from November. Most of the DSUs operators are asking the commission to create are for Bakken pool de....

  • Bringing unique experience to leadership - 02/22/2015  The speaker of Montana's House of Representatives brings a unique perspective to oil and gas issues facing lawmakers in the state's current legislative session. Rep. Austin Knudsen lives in the heart of Montana's Bakken oil country, where along with his brother he helps his parents run the family fa....

  • Canada gets very candid on Keystone XL - 02/22/2015  The Canadian government is apparently deciding it has no further reason to muzzle its feelings on the U.S. handling of Keystone XL. Gary Doer, the Canadian ambassador to the U.S., sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry earlier in February lashing out at what he said was a “significant distor....

  • BNSF commits $326 million in North Dakota rail improvements - 02/22/2015  BNSF Railway announced Feb. 11 that it will spend $326 million on rail capacity improvements in North Dakota in 2015. The projects include construction of 37 miles of double track between Minot and Williston, installation of central traffic control to improve on-time performance, an extension of ra....

  • ND drill applications decline again - 02/22/2015  While the number of new drill spacing units that North Dakota operators are requesting from the North Dakota Industrial Commission was up 29 percent in February over January (see story, page 1), the number of existing DSUs on which operators are looking to drill additional wells fell sharply from De....

  • ND continues to gain on flaring - 02/22/2015  Though a few operators in North Dakota struggled to reach gas capture targets in November and December, the oil and gas industry is adapting operations to hit the January target of 76 percent and continue to grow that capture percentage. The state's Department of Mineral Resources Director Lynn Hel....

  • WB export shares flat in December - 02/22/2015  Railroad's and pipeline's crude oil export market share in the Williston Basin remained unchanged from November to December with rail accounting for 59 percent of exports and pipelines accounting for 35 percent according to data released by the North Dakota Pipeline Authority on Feb. 13. Also consi....

  • Gender discrimination alleged in Bakken - 02/22/2015  On February 9, 2015, Cindy Marchello filed a federal lawsuit in North Dakota against C & J Energy Services Inc. that alleges violations of the North Dakota Human Rights Act, Title VII and the North Dakota Equal Pay Act, plus violations of other laws including discrimination. ....


  • Hess inches to No. 2 in ND, Halcon tops IP list - 02/22/2015  According to preliminary production data released by the North Dakota Department of Mineral Resources on Feb. 13, Hess Corp. inched past Continental Resources into the No. 2 spot among the state's top Bakken oil producers averaging 113,453 barrels per day in December and moving Continental into a ve....

  • North Dakota Pipeline Authority - 02/22/2015  Subscribers: To view the "North Dakota Pipeline Authority" chart please visit the above PDF link.....

  • IPs for ND Bakken wells - 02/22/2015  Subscribers: To view the "IPs for ND Bakken wells" chart please visit the above PDF link.....

  • ND weekly county permit totals - 02/22/2015  Subscribers: To view the "ND weekly county permit totals" chart please visit the above PDF link.....

  • Top 10 Bakken wells by IP rate - 02/22/2015  Subscribers: To view the "Top 10 Bakken wells by IP rate" chart please visit the above PDF link.....

  • North Dakota oil permit activity - 02/22/2015  Subscribers: To view the "North Dakota oil permit activity" chart please visit the above PDF link.....

  • Top 50 North Dakota Bakken oil producers - 02/22/2015  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 - 02/22/2015  Subscribers: To view the "North Dakota Bakken oil production by company" chart please visit the above PDF link.....

  • North Dakota brings in drone technology - 02/22/2015  A new method for monitoring pipelines is on the horizon in North Dakota, but it still faces federal obstacles. On Feb. 13, Gov. Jack Dalrymple announced a partnership between Wahpeton-based ComDel Innovation and Florida-based Altavian that will allow unmanned aircraft systems, UAS, commonly known a....

  • North Dakota brings in drone technology - 02/22/2015  A new method for monitoring pipelines is on the horizon in North Dakota, but it still faces federal obstacles. On Feb. 13, Gov. Jack Dalrymple announced a partnership between Wahpeton-based ComDel Innovation and Florida-based Altavian that will allow unmanned aircraft systems, UAS, commonly known a....

  • ND operators still identify flaring needs - 02/22/2015  While North Dakota continues to make gains on flaring reductions (see story, page 5), there are still certain circumstances where operators identify the need to flare natural gas, and three operators are requesting exemptions to flaring rules from the North Dakota Industrial Commission. The cases wi....


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