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  • More gas gains - 10/26/2014 (Full story) Meeting gas capture targets is taking center stage for many oil and gas operators in North Dakota, and one small operator in the Williston Basin chose to tap into a venture to tackle the flaring challenge. As part of its strategy, Denver-based Bakken operator Zavanna LLC has developed a joint ventur....

  • ND DSU apps double - 10/26/2014 (Full story) While industry analysts speculate on exactly how falling crude oil prices will affect production in the Bakken, Williston Basin operators nearly doubled the number of new drill spacing units, DSUs, they requested from the North Dakota Industrial Commission in October. In September, the commission re....

  • DOT-111 litigation risks - 10/26/2014 (Full story) Lawsuits putting the squeeze on the U.S. Department of Transportation, DOT, to ban the use of aging DOT-111 rail cars could spread to impact the demand for Bakken crude, says a U.S. legal specialist on energy transportation. The litigation by three environmental groups may signal their intention to....

  • Tesoro Logistics buying QEP's field service, midstream assets - 10/26/2014  QEP Resources and Tesoro Corp. announced on Oct. 19 that QEP is selling its wholly owned subsidiary QEP Field Services to Tesoro Logistics in a deal valued at $2.5 billion that includes QEP's 58 percent ownership in QEP Midstream Partners. The assets include QEP Midstream's Williston Basin gathering....

  • Statoil CEO leaves to join BG Group - 10/26/2014  Statoil has lost its Chief Executive Officer Helge Lund to London-based BG Group, filling the United Kingdom's third largest oil and gas producer's leadership void. Lund led the Norwegian oil giant for 10 years and will start at BG Group in March. His departure from Statoil, announced on Oct. 15, wa....

  • EPA rolling out frack studies - 10/26/2014  The highly anticipated draft report that could set the stage for hydraulic fracturing regulations is expected to be released in March 2015. Officials from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, EPA, told state regulators at the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission's, IOGCC, annual conference....

  • No interest in speculative O&G tracts - 10/26/2014  Of the 28 tracts totaling 14,988 acres nominated in Montana and North Dakota for the Bureau of Land Management Montana/Dakotas office's Oct. 21 oil and gas lease auction, only 12 tracts totaling 6,390 acres were leased with no apparent interest in the more speculative tracts in Montana. Five of the....

  • Energy East project hitting obstacles - 10/26/2014  TransCanada's Energy East pipeline, designed to ship oil sands and Bakken crude across Canada and possibly by tanker to Europe, is now facing the same fix as all similar projects. Once seen as the best hope of finding a clear path to Canadian government approval, the C$11 billion plan to ship 1.1 mi....

  • Proposing power, plants and propellant - 10/26/2014  Advancements in technology have repeatedly stimulated the success of the Bakken. From horizontal drilling that maximizes oil recovery to proposed plastic plants that capture value from the gas stream, innovation is driving the industry. The Great Plains and EmPower Energy Conference held in Bismarck....

  • Crestwood to load 1,000th train at COLT hub - 10/26/2014  Crestwood Midstream's COLT crude-by-rail hub in south-central Williams County is expected to load its 1,000th unit train by the end of October. In an October operational update, the Houston-based midstream company said the COLT hub loaded an average of approximately 117,000 barrels per day in the th....


  • Well leak contained in McKenzie County - 10/26/2014  A well four miles northwest of Watford City in McKenzie County leaked 650 barrels of oil and 520 barrels of brine due to a mechanical failure at the wellhead. The well began leaking the afternoon of Oct. 16; XTO Energy had the well under control by 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 18. The fluid was mostly containe....

  • QEP takes top ND IP; permitting remains brisk - 10/26/2014  One of QEP Energy's wells in the Grail field in far eastern McKenzie County came in with the top 24-hour initial production, IP, reported for the week of Oct. 14-20 at 2,599 barrels of oil (see map on this page and charts and charts on pages 8 and 10). North Dakota Department of Mineral Resources da....

  • IPs for ND Bakken wells - 10/26/2014  Subscribers: To view the "IPs for ND Bakken wells" chart please visit the above PDF link.....

  • North Dakota oil permit activity - 10/26/2014  Subscribers: To view the "North Dakota oil permit activity" chart please visit the above PDF link.....

  • ND weekly county permit totals - 10/26/2014  Subscribers: To view the "ND weekly county permit totals" chart please visit the above PDF link.....

  • Top 10 Bakken wells by IP rate - 10/26/2014  Subscribers: To view the "Top 10 Bakken wells by IP rate" chart please visit the above PDF link.....

  • Montana well permits and completions - 10/26/2014  Subscribers: To view the "Montana well permits and completions" chart please visit the above PDF link.....

  • October ND infill apps steady with September - 10/26/2014  North Dakota operators filed applications for drilling additional wells on more than 65 existing drill spacing units in October with requested densities as high as 18 wells per 1,280-acre unit (see table, page 13). That level of activity is generally consistent with the infill applications filed in....

  • Pony Express in full commercial service - 10/26/2014  Tallgrass Energy's conversion and expansion of the Pony Express pipeline is complete, the line has been filled and Tallgrass now offers crude oil transport service from Guernsey, Wyoming, to Cushing, Oklahoma. The 690-mile pipeline provides 230,000 barrels per day of capacity out of Guernsey under....

  • WPX reorganizes senior leadership - 10/26/2014  WPX Energy is reorganizing its senior leadership team with several personnel moves designed to assist in executing a new long-term vision and business strategy. One new hire, a promotion and an interim appointment comprise the changes reported Oct. 15. Rick Muncrief, WPX president and chief executi....


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