Bakken Shale

Bakken Rail Transport to Pick Up, State Official Says

After several months of decline, rail transport of crude oil is likely to pick up during the rest of the year, according to North Dakota Pipeline Authority Director Justin Kringstad, who said the widening spread in global Brent and U.S. WTI oil prices will drive more shipments back to rail. Read More

Oxy Looking to Sell 'Selective' Midcontinent Assets

As part of a strategic review aimed at forming a smaller, more profitable company, Los Angeles-based Occidental Petroleum Corp.'s (Oxy) board of directors on Friday authorized pursuit of selected asset sales, including potentially some overseas and Midcontinent assets, along with a portion of a general partner interest in Plains All American Pipeline (PAAP). Read More

North Dakota Lawmakers Seek Long-Term Oil Policy

With a seemingly ever-increasing mother lode of crude oil from the Bakken Shale play, North Dakota lawmakers have embarked on a process for developing a long-term strategy regarding state revenues and taxation of the oil industry. An initial review of bidders to help in mapping the strategy is set for Oct. 31. Read More

North Dakota Oil Spill 'Under Control,' Officials Say

A 20,600 bbl Bakken crude oil spill in North Dakota from a leak sprung in a Tesoro Logistics LP pipeline in a wheat field northeast of Tioga, ND, on Friday was fully contained, under control and in the process of being remediated, according to state and company officials. The leak had originally been detected Sept. 29 and was mistakenly thought to be much smaller. Read More