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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With Pipeline Easement Approved, Construction Resumes On Dakota Access

CANNON BALL, N.D. – Construction has resumed on the Dakota Access Pipeline as opponents raise new arguments in court to continue fighting the project. Energy Transfer Partners estimates it will take 60 days to drill under Lake Oahe and complete the pipeline. “I would say sometime around early April, we’ll be pulling oil,” CEO Kelcy…
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ND Senate OKs Bill To Define Lakebed Mineral Ownership

BISMARCK — A bill to clarify mineral ownership under Lake Sakakawea and the Missouri River moved forward Wednesday, Feb. 8, with a 37-9 vote in the North Dakota Senate. Senate Bill 2134 clarifies that North Dakota only claims ownership of minerals under the original channel of the Missouri River and not under Lake Sakakawea, created…
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ND House Approves Change To Oil Tax

BISMARCK – North Dakota House lawmakers voted 76-15 Wednesday, Feb. 8, to charge a flat 10 percent tax on oil production regardless of the price of oil, a change that the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation opposes. House members approved House Bill 1166, which removes a so-called high-price trigger that would increase the state’s overall…
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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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