Next Round Of ND Oil Production Figures ‘going To Be Bad,’ Helms Says

Lynn Helms, director of the Department of Mineral Resources, speaks Tuesday, March 3, 2016, in Williston, N.D. Amy Dalrymple/Forum News Service WILLISTON, N.D. – Early March oil production numbers show that North Dakota will likely drop below 1.1 million barrels per day for the first time since June 2014, the state’s top oil regulator said.…
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Oil Regulators Visit Spill Site Amid Hearing On Tougher Regulations

WILLISTON, N.D. – Oil and gas regulators visiting Williston on Wednesday did more than listen to public comments about proposed pipeline rules. The Department of Mineral Resources contingent also visited the site of the state’s largest pipeline spill, an event that was the impetus for many of the regulations now being considered. Director Lynn Helms…
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Jon Lindvig, from left, and Milton Lindvig look at detailed maps of the proposed Upland Pipeline on Wednesday, April 7, 2016, in Tioga, N.D., with John Trepl, contract land staff for TransCanada. The 240-mile pipeline would be 20 inches in diameter, as shown in the foreground. Amy Dalrymple/Forum News Service

Review Process Begins For Pipeline To Canada

TIOGA, N.D. – Landowners in northwest North Dakota got their first glimpse this week at how a major crude oil pipeline proposed for the Bakken might affect them. TransCanada held open houses this week for residents along the route of the proposed Upland Pipeline, which would carry oil from southwest of Williston north to Canada.…
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Bob Banderet, pictured in this May 2011 file photo, reported a TransCanada oil spill five years ago in southeast North Dakota. WDAY-TV file photo

5 Years After Spill, Rancher And ‘pipeline Junkie’ Still Has Questions

BRAMPTON, N.D. – Five years after he discovered a geyser of crude oil shooting out from a TransCanada pumping station on the Keystone pipeline, rancher Bob Banderat still has questions. The southeast North Dakota man reported a May 7, 2011, spill that released 21,000 gallons of crude oil from the Ludden Pump Station near Brampton…
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Oil pump, near Calgary, Alberta, Canada, (Low angle view)

Defining ‘interested Party’ Could Affect Oil Hearings

BISMARCK – A proposed North Dakota Industrial Commission rule would severely limit public participation in oil and gas issues, the Democratic candidate for governor said this week. Marvin Nelson, a state legislator from Rolla, said he opposes a proposal under consideration that would define an “interested party” in oil and gas statutes as a landowner…
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