Faces Of The Boom: Workers Adjust To Meet Changing Demands In ND’s Oil Fields

WILLISTON, N.D. — In Karolin Jappe’s first year as emergency manager in McKenzie County, she responded to five explosions at oil and gas facilities. Most concerning to Jappe was that four of the five companies did not have emergency plans. “It’s hard to work with a company when they don’t have a plan,” she said.…
Read More

UPDATED: Heitkamp Influenced By Tribe’s Position As Senate Fails To Repeal Federal Methane Rule

WASHINGTON – Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., voted Wednesday, May 10, against repealing a federal rule related to methane emissions, a regulation supported by tribal and environmental groups but considered “disastrous” by North Dakota’s energy industry. Congress proposed to repeal the Bureau of Land Management rule on methane emissions from federal and tribal lands approved during…
Read More

EPA Takes 1st Step To Approve ND Regulation Of Injection Wells

BISMARCK — The Environmental Protection Agency administrator announced Tuesday, May 9, he has signed a proposed rule that will allow North Dakota to regulate underground wells to store carbon dioxide, opening the door for new projects to reduce emissions. The long-awaited step from the EPA puts North Dakota on track to become the first state…
Read More

Burgum Signs Bills On Spill Reporting, Department Of Environmental Quality

BISMARCK — Gov. Doug Burgum signed a bill Friday, April 7, that changes the threshold for reporting oil spills that are contained on well pads, a proposal that a landowner group urged him to veto. House Bill 1151 will no longer require oil companies to report oil and produced water spills of up to 10…
Read More

Pipeline System That Leaked At Risk Of Future Failures, Regulators Say

BELFIELD, N.D. – The Belle Fourche Pipeline system that contaminated a tributary of the Little Missouri River is in a landslide-prone area and vulnerable to future spills, federal pipeline regulators say. A document from the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration shows that regulators believe the pipeline company may have experienced other spills in southwest…
Read More