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.…
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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…
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ND Legislators Plan Study Of Gas Royalty Deductions

BISMARCK — A dispute between the North Dakota Department of Trust Lands and the oil industry over gas royalty payments will become part of a legislative management study under a bill lawmakers approved Wednesday, April 26. The department says some oil companies owe the state money after taking improper deductions on natural gas royalties, a…
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Legislators OK Funding For Oil Patch

BISMARCK — North Dakota lawmakers reached a compromise Wednesday, April 26, on distributing dollars to Oil Patch communities while agreeing to study the funding formula for the top oil cities. The provisions in Senate Bill 2013 provide about $500 million for communities in western North Dakota from oil tax revenue and $16 million for townships…
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Oil Industry, State At Odds Over Royalty Payments

BISMARCK — The oil industry is working to avoid paying higher royalties to North Dakota by backing an amendment in a complex bill being considered in the final days of the state’s legislative session. The amendment stems from a dispute with the North Dakota Department of Trust Lands, which says some oil companies are underpaying…
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