North Dakota’s oil patch accounted for less than 1% of total U.S. crude oil production three years ago, but today the state is pumping close to 6% of total crude output, thanks to the formidable Bakken-Three Forks shale region, the state’s Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) is reporting.
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About 100 residents were evacuated within a five-mile radius of an explosion that occurred along TransCanada PipeLines mainline near Brookdale, MB, on Sunday April 14 at 11 p.m. (CDT). The explosion and fire occurred along a portion of the system in a relatively remote area. There were no reported injuries, and about 5.2 Bcf/d of gas is continuing to flow through three of the six mainline pipes there. By Friday, only one line remained out of service.