Bakken Shale

Senate Energy, Commerce Chairmen Demand Oil Transport Investigation

A recent series of explosions and accidents involving crude oil trains "demands an investigation and review of our current safety practices and regulations," said a pair of powerful U.S. Senators. Thursday the pair called on the Department of Transportation (DOT) and Department of Energy (DOE) "to quickly resolve issues with the transportation of crude oil." Read More

North Dakota Supreme Court: State Wins Mineral Rights Case

The state, not private landowners, owns the bulk of certain disputed mineral rights in the Bakken Shale oil/natural gas production fields, according to a North Dakota Supreme Court ruling released the day after Christmas. The ruling affects disputed stretches between high- and low-water marks of the Missouri River. Read More