ND Senate Approves Bill That Reduces Oil Spill Reporting

BISMARCK — Senate lawmakers voted 31-14 Monday, March 27, to raise the threshold for reporting oil spills, a proposal the oil industry supported but many landowners opposed. Under House Bill 1151, the oil industry will no longer have to report spills of oil, produced water or natural gas liquids that are less than 10 barrels,…
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Pipeline Opponents Vow Fight As Trump Approves Keystone XL

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump issued a presidential permit for the Keystone XL Pipeline, but environmental groups and Native American tribes vowed Friday, March 24, to fight the project in the courts and on the land. The approval reverses a decision by former President Barack Obama to reject the project, which would bring more than…
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Strong Demand For Workers Returns To ND Oil Patch

WILLISTON, N.D. — Human resources manager Judy Billehus had goosebumps as job-seekers filled a Williston job fair Wednesday, March 22. “I knew it was going to be hopping,” said Billehus, who was recruiting workers to fill oilfield and construction-related jobs for JMAC Resources. Compared to the past two major Williston job fairs, Billehus said more…
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ND Could Gain Up To $100M A Year From Dakota Access

BISMARCK — North Dakota could gain as much as $100 million a year in additional tax revenue after the Dakota Access Pipeline goes into service, largely due to savings in oil transportation costs. The $3.8 billion four-state pipeline, expected to be complete as early as next week, will bring a more competitive price for Bakken…
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UPDATED: ND Oil Production Fell 9 Percent In December

WILLISTON, N.D. — Severe winter weather caused North Dakota oil production to drop 9 percent in December, the largest monthly decline in state history, the Department of Mineral Resources said Wednesday, Feb. 15. The state produced an average of 942,455 barrels of oil in December, down more than 92,000 barrels per day since November, according…
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