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  • Standardization? - 08/03/2014 (Full story) Standardizing a barrel of Bakken oil could be part of the solution to safer transportation of the light, sweet crude. The North Dakota Industrial Commission discussed what may be needed to regulate oil conditioning at their monthly meeting on July 29, and decided to quickly set up an additional meet....

  • Better, stronger, faster - 08/03/2014 (Full story) SM Energy has its eye on surrounding acreage in the Williston Basin. On July 29, the company announced that it had acquired 61,000 net acres from Calgary-based Baytex Energy adjacent to its Gooseneck project area in Williams and Divide counties. But it isn't planning to stop there. SM Energy Chief....

  • Back on production track - 08/03/2014 (Full story) As Hess Corp. completes its transition to a pure-play exploration and production company, it saw a 17 percent pro forma increase in second quarter production over the same quarter of 2013. That growth, according to Chief Executive Officer John Hess “is underpinned in five key areas,” those being the....

  • NDIC sees no need for EPA's proposed frack disclosure rule - 08/03/2014  A three-year-old petition for federal hydraulic fracturing rules is arguably outdated and unnecessary. In August 2011, Earthjustice and more than 100 other parties submitted a petition to the Environmental Protection Agency, EPA, to implement rules that would require chemical disclosure of hydraulic....

  • ND's top paleontologist retires after 33 years of fossil hunting - 08/03/2014  Because a young boy enjoyed smashing rocks, North Dakota's earliest oil operators were able to drill with greater success. State Paleontologist Dr. John Hoganson retired from the North Dakota Geological Survey, NDGS, on July 31 after 33 years, but his love for earth science started early. When dril....

  • Oneok announces plans for a seventh Bakken natural gas plant - 08/03/2014  North Dakota's fight against flaring got another boost. Oneok Partners, the largest independent operator of natural gas gathering and processing facilities in the Williston Basin, announced on July 30 that it will construct another plant about 15 miles northeast of Watford City, not far from its Gar....

  • Statoil's cost cutting efforts continue - 08/03/2014  While Statoil's overall production fell in the second quarter as its comprehensive program to reduce costs and improve capital efficiency continues, the integrated Norwegian multinational's North American production increased in the quarter, driven primarily by increases in its operated Bakken, the....

  • The Canadian rail teeter-totter - 08/03/2014  Canada's rail industry is being pulled in both directions in the crude oil sector as it makes steady advances by taking advantage of pipeline bottlenecks, but casts a wary eye at cost overruns on some terminal projects and shifts in crude prices. Dale Clark, vice president of Tundra Energy Marketing....

  • POA fight provides land title guidance - 08/03/2014  On July 17, the North Dakota Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision in the “Estate of Vizenor, et al.” matter. Ragna Mesling owned land outside of New England, North Dakota. Carolyn Vizenor, her daughter, resided in Minnesota. Clifford and Linda Stecher were longtime renters of the farmland. In F....

  • Eastern railroads sue to stop CBR disclosures - 08/03/2014  Norfolk Southern and CSX railroads have filed lawsuits in an attempt to stop the state of Maryland from releasing information on crude-by-rail, CBR, shipments through the state. Maryland had entered into agreements with the two railroads to keep CBR shipment information confidential after the U.S. D....

  • Oasis and XTO have 8 of the week's top 10 ND IPs - 08/03/2014  Of the 10 North Dakota Bakken wells with the highest 24-hour initial production, IP, volumes reported for the week of July 22-18, five belong to ExxonMobil subsidiary XTO Energy and three to Oasis Petroleum (see chart, page 9). Oasis filled the No. 1 spot with a well in the Camp field in north-cent....


  • IPs for ND Bakken wells - 08/03/2014  Subscribers: To view the "IPs for ND Bakken wells" chart please visit the above PDF link.....

  • North Dakota oil permit activity - 08/03/2014  Subscribers: To view the "North Dakota oil permit activity" chart please visit the above PDF link.....

  • ND weekly county permit totals - 08/03/2014  Subscribers: To view the"PN Bakken: ND weekly county permit totals" chart please visit the above PDF link.....

  • Top 10 Bakken wells by IP rate - 08/03/2014  Subscribers: To view the "Top 10 Bakken wells by IP rate" chart please visit the above PDF link.....

  • ND well operator transfer - 08/03/2014  Subscribers: To view the "ND well operator transfer" chart please visit the above PDF link.....

  • Montana well permits and completions - 08/03/2014  Subscribers: To view the "Montana well permits and completions" chart please visit the above PDF link.....

  • Lightstream narrows field of assets buyers - 08/03/2014  Lightstream Resources has encountered choppy waters in its search for a buyer of its East Pembina assets in Alberta. The Calgary-based producer, which is one of the underpinnings of the Saskatchewan Bakken, said it has “received competitive bids” for the Alberta package, but has “not yet been able t....

  • Strata-X drills first Emmons Co. gas well - 08/03/2014  Strata-X, the Denver-based independent that was issued permits in December to drill four vertical natural gas wells in Emmons and McIntosh counties in south-central North Dakota, announced in its report for the quarter ending June 30 that it spudded the first of those wells in its 120,000-acre Sleep....

  • Summit Midstream expands Bakken interconnection and storage capacity - 08/03/2014  Summit Midstream Partners announced activity updates on July 29 for its midstream subsidiaries operating in the Williston Basin of North Dakota. Newly formed subsidiary Epping Transmission Co., also known as Epping Transco, has reached an agreement with Enbridge Energy Partners to provide a crude oi....

  • Oil Patch Bits: Percheron opens Bakken regional office - 08/03/2014  Percheron LLC has opened a regional office in Dickinson, North Dakota. The new office is at 2493 4th Avenue West in Dickinson and will service Percheron's existing client base in the Bakken shale as well as support the continued development of the survey, field services and energy divisions of the c....


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