Bakken Shale

Bill to Expedite Permitting in Bakken Basin Heads to White House

Sens. John Hoeven (R-ND) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) announced Friday that bipartisan legislation they authored to help streamline oil and gas permitting on federal lands in western North Dakota has passed the U.S. Senate and is headed to the White House for President Obama's signature. Read More

2014 North Dakota Oil and Gas Activity Robust, State Official Predicts

The year-end lull that comes with the onset of winter is likely to give way next year in North Dakota to a million-barrel-a-day oil and natural gas industry that will see a number of positive changes, including decreases in production costs and amounts of flared associated gas, along with continuing technology advances in drilling operations, the state's chief oil/gas official said Friday. Read More

North Dakota Changes Spill Disclosure Policy

Sparked by a 20,000 bbl leak from a Tesoro Logistics LP pipeline that went unreported in September by state officials for days, North Dakota is redefining its policy for handling oil and natural gas releases, resulting in a series of reports of small incidents in recent weeks. Longer term, state officials are working on a new set of guidelines affecting both the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) Oil/Gas Division and the Department of Health. Read More