A Massachusetts company with natural gas capture and flare recovery services has inked a deal with the three affiliated Native American tribes on the Fort Berthold Reservation in North Dakota. The agreement is expected to help bring operators on the reservation in line with the state’s increasingly successful efforts to curb flaring.
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Total E&P USA agreed to pay $6 million to the city of Fort Worth, TX for underpaying natural gas royalties in the Barnett Shale on leases it co-owns with Chesapeake Energy Corp.
With oil and natural gas production essentially flat in North Dakota’s Bakken Shale play, state officials have noted an uptick in drilling interest on the Fort Berthold Reservation while a statewide effort to reduce wellhead flared gas has hit a wall.
The developer of a water supply project for West Texas is hoping that by the time his pipelines are online, commodity prices will have entered recovery mode. STW Water Process & Technologies recently bought a second brackish water lease in the Fort Stockton, TX, area to support its West Texas Water Project.
To the consternation of industry and North Dakota officials, the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara (MHA) American Indian tribes on Fort Berthold Reservation have established a regulatory commission and leaders intend to oversee future oil and natural gas activities, where production currently represents about one-third of the state’s 1.1 million b/d output.
With one-third of North Dakota’s growing oil and natural gas production coming from the Fort Berthold Reservation lands, state officials said Tuesday the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has agreed informally that new anti-flaring rules would be enforced on the federally managed lands.
Despite protests by state officials and the energy industry, the Boulder (CO) County commission on Tuesday extended a 16-month drilling moratorium now in place by another 18 months, following the lead of the Boulder city council, which earlier this month imposed a one-year drilling permit ban (see Shale Daily, June 7).
Like other cities and its own county in Colorado, the Boulder City Council is set to consider two actions related to the use of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) on open space within the city limits.
A unit of Tokyo Gas Co. Ltd. is buying an undivided 25% interest in the Barnett Shale assets of Quicksilver Resources Inc. for $485 million, marking a milestone for the debt-laden Fort Worth, TX-based producer, which has long sought a partner in the play.