Renè Heredia Nieves, environmental scientist with the North Dakota Department of Health, uses a FLIR camera to inspect a well site north of Killdeer, N.D., on Thursday, May 5, 2016. Photo courtesy of Department of Health

EPA Orders $2.1 Million Fine In ND Air Pollution Settlement

NEW TOWN, N.D. — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has issued a $2.1 million fine for air pollution at oil and gas wells primarily on North Dakota’s Fort Berthold Indian Reservation. But the settlement against Slawson Exploration Co. announced Thursday, Dec. 1, stems from just one of many enforcement actions underway against North Dakota operators…
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Epping Transmission Co. is proposing to build a 3-mile pipeline to connect with Dakota Access at this terminal in Epping, N.D., pictured on Nov. 11, 2016. Amy Dalrymple/Forum News Service

Proposed Pipeline Would Connect To Dakota Access

WILLISTON, N.D. – A company under investigation for the largest pipeline spill in North Dakota history proposes to build a 3.2-mile oil pipeline to connect with Dakota Access. Epping Transmission Co., a subsidiary of Summit Midstream Partners that continues to clean up after nearly 3 million gallons of produced water leaked in 2015, got support…
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Oil pumping units and a natural gas flare are pictured on Friday, Nov. 11, 2016, in Williams County, N.D. Amy Dalrymple/Forum News Service

Uncertainty Over Dakota Access May Add To ND Oil Production Declines

WILLISTON, N.D. — Uncertainty over oil transportation costs as the Dakota Access Pipeline faces delays may be contributing to decreases in North Dakota oil production, the state’s top oil regulator said Wednesday, Nov. 16. North Dakota oil production fell about 1 percent in September to 971,658 barrels per day, according to preliminary figures from the…
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Epping Transmission Co. is proposing to build a 3-mile pipeline to connect with Dakota Access at this terminal in Epping, N.D., pictured on Nov. 11, 2016. Amy Dalrymple/Forum News Service

Six Short Pipelines Built Or Proposed To Connect To Dakota Access

WILLISTON, N.D. – The timing of the Dakota Access Pipeline completion remains unclear, but some companies have built short pipelines that are ready to deliver to the four-state project. Six companies have built or proposed short oil pipelines to connect with Dakota Access in North Dakota, with three projects constructed and three others in various…
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A drilling rig is pictured near Lake Sakakawea near New Town, N.D., on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016. Some fear that uncertainty about who owns the minerals under the lake will deter oil development in the area. Amy Dalrymple/Forum News Service

Land Board: State Not Trying To Claim Lake Sakakawea Minerals

By Amy Dalrymple and Mike Nowatzki Forum News Service BISMARCK – The Board of University and School Lands said Tuesday, Oct. 18, the state is not trying to claim oil and gas minerals under Lake Sakakawea as some mineral owners had feared based on the state’s response to recent lawsuits. Gov. Jack Dalrymple, chairman of…
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