Budget Cuts Could Reduce ND’s Oversight Of Oil, Gas

BISMARCK – Balancing North Dakota’s budget could lead to less oversight of oil and gas development and fewer inspections of gathering pipelines at the same time that oil activity is expected to be on the upswing. Lynn Helms, the state’s top oil regulator, said inspections of well sites and facilities would be reduced by half…
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Oil Spill Reporting Bill Gets Mixed Reviews

BISMARCK — A bill that would raise the threshold for reporting oil spills got mixed reviews Thursday, Jan. 12, with proponents saying it would improve government efficiency while opponents advocated for more transparency. The House Energy and Natural Resources Committee heard about two hours of testimony on House Bill 1151, which would exempt companies from…
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Landowners Oppose Bill That Reduces Oil Spill Reporting

BISMARCK – Groups that represent North Dakota landowners plan to oppose a bill that would reduce the number of spills the oil industry reports. House Bill 1151 would raise the threshold on spill reporting, exempting companies from having to report spills up to 10 barrels, or 420 gallons, that are contained on an oil well…
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$7,500 Fine Issued To Oil Company That Couldn’t Locate Pipelines

BISMARCK – Continental Resources has agreed to pay a $7,500 fine to settle a complaint that the oil company couldn’t locate underground pipelines in southwest North Dakota, one of three fines issued Wednesday, Jan. 4, by the Public Service Commission. Commissioner Brian Kalk said the fine should serve as a signal to the industry that…
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New State Regulations Will Affect Repairs Of Pipeline

BELFIELD, N.D. — New North Dakota pipeline rules will give state regulators greater oversight of repairs to the Belle Fourche Pipeline that spilled more than 176,000 gallons of oil this month. Regulations that take effect Jan. 1 require companies to notify the state Oil and Gas Division if they plan to repair or replace crude…
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