Lynn Helms, center, director of the North Dakota Department of Mineral Resources, testifies to a House subcommittee Wednesday, June 6, 2016, in Washington, D.C., with David Porter, chairman of the Texas Railroad Commission, left, and Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen. Photo submitted by House Committee on Energy and Commerce

EPA Rules Would Hurt N.D. Effort To Curb Flaring, Helms Says

WASHINGTON – North Dakota’s top oil regulator told members of a House subcommittee Wednesday that proposed federal regulations would harm the state’s ability to reduce natural gas flaring. Lynn Helms, director of the Department of Mineral Resources, was among six panelists who testified before the Energy and Power Subcommittee of the U.S. House Energy and…
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Bakken Multi-Well Pads Getting Bigger

TIOGA, N.D. – Oil well pads are getting bigger in western North Dakota as companies figure out how to get the most oil out of the Bakken. Hess Corp. has the Bakken’s largest well pad with 18 wells on a single location, but the state’s top oil regulator says he expects to see mega-pads get…
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Thirty-two registered bidders attended a live auction Thursday, June 30, 2016, of lots owned by Halliburton in Williston, N.D. Amy Dalrymple/Forum News Service

Some See Turnout For Williston Auction As ‘Sign Of Optimism’

WILLISTON, N.D. – Bidding was competitive Thursday as auctioneers sold off 23 vacant lots owned by Halliburton in Williston. Twenty-one residential lots in Williston’s Harvest Hills neighborhood sold for between $30,000 and $40,000 each. Williams County listed the value of the residential lots as between $50,000 and $70,000 in 2015. Tom Rolfstad, Williston’s former economic…
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Assistant Attorney General Hope Hogan, from left, Department of Mineral Resources Director Lynn Helms and Pipeline Program Supervisor Kevin Connors listen to public comments during a hearing on Wednesday, April 13, 2016, in Williston, N.D. Amy Dalrymple/Forum News Service

Industrial Commission Kills ‘Interested Party’ Definition

BISMARCK – A proposal to limit who can comment at oil and gas hearings “got the ax” after the public overwhelmingly opposed it. The North Dakota Industrial Commission had considered adding a definition of “interested party” to the state’s oil and gas statutes related to who could appear at certain hearings or submit comments. The…
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Halliburton is among the oil companies advocating for some crew camps to remain open in Williston, N.D. The company's Muddy River Lodge, pictured Tuesday, March 8, 2016, has 316 beds but would be reduced to 158 beds under a proposal to keep some temporary housing open in Williston. Amy Dalrymple/Forum News Service

Williston Crew Camps Remain In Limbo

WILLISTON, N.D. – Worker housing crew camps will continue to be in limbo in Williston, but the city’s mayor said Tuesday he hopes to have a resolution by the end of July. The Williston City Commission had set a July 1 deadline for all temporary housing facilities to close, but a federal judge issued an…
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