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  • North Dakota aims to reduce natural gas flaring

    10/20/2014 6:12:03 AM PDT · by thackney · 12 replies
    Energy Information Administration ^ | OCTOBER 20, 2014 | Energy Information Administration
    About one-third of the natural gas North Dakota has produced in recent years has been flared rather than sold to customers or consumed on-site. The rapid growth in North Dakota oil production, which rose from more than 230,000 barrels per day (bbl/d) in January 2010 to more than 1,130,000 bbl/d in August 2014, has led to increased volumes of associated gas, or natural gas that comes from oil reservoirs. These increased volumes require additional infrastructure to gather, process, and transport gas volumes instead of flaring them. These additions can take time to build, and well operators are often reluctant to...
  • Grimes campaign shows Democratic women of the U.S. Senate supporting her in new ad

    10/16/2014 7:28:46 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 30 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 10/16/2014 | Jacqueline Pitts
    Half of all the Democratic women in the U.S. Senate are featured in a new video voicing their support for Kentucky Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes. The video, released Thursday after first being shown at Grimes’ event with Hillary Clinton Wednesday evening, shows six women in the U.S. Senate saying “Shatter the glass. Break the ceiling. It’s time for Alison!” Of the twelve women in the Senate Democratic caucus, U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), Patty Murray (D-WA), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) are shown...
  • Senator Marco Rubio Comes to Fargo

    10/15/2014 5:13:38 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 3 replies
    A potential presidential candidate makes a stop in Fargo. Florida Senator Marco Rubio was a guest at the North Dakota Republican Party fundraiser stating that the state is the envy of the nation and that other states can learn from North Dakota's leaders. Senator Rubio was welcomed by a crowd of Republican supporters with a message that the American Dream is still alive. He says that he's sensitive to the challenges that all Americans face to achieve that dream and praised Senator John Hoeven and Congressman Kevin Cramer for the critical roles they play in Washington.
  • Opposition Group Turns to Stealth and Sexism to Oppose Shared Parenting in North Dakota

    10/13/2014 8:44:34 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 13, 2014 | Rachel Alexander
    All too often, instead of being the keepers of the law, state bar associations flagrantly violate the law instead. They get away with this because they are controlled by powerful judges and affluent left-wing attorneys. Most often, people are too terrified to take on the rich and well connected, fearing they could be easily decimated by (ab)using the legal system. The debate about Measure 6, on the ballot this fall in North Dakota, is a recent example. Measure 6 would establish approximately 50/50 shared parenting as the default when parents with children split up, unless a court finds that one...
  • Rail congestion 'crisis' related to Bakken oil likely to be long-term problem

    10/02/2014 7:03:29 AM PDT · by thackney · 14 replies
    MinnPost ^ | 10/01/14 | Brian Lambert
    The rate of North Dakota oil trains crossing Minnesota got another working over yesterday. At KMSP-TV, Tim Blotz says, “Bakken oil now rolls through Minnesota at a rate of more than 15 trains a day, but on a rail system that has limited space, other critical freight — including grain, Taconite, and propane — is often left off track. Rep. Joe Atkins, of Inver Grove Heights, described the issue as ‘a growing crisis’ at a packed legislative hearing. Even so, it's not a simple blame game. … The troubles for Amtrak aren't just the delays, but the length of them....
  • (Kansas) AG Schmidt: Fight over Lesser Prairie Chicken to be settled in Tulsa ( OK )

    09/24/2014 7:09:00 PM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies
    KSN TV ^ | September 23, 2014
    Kansas – A federal judge has decided a lawsuit challenging increased federal regulation of economic activity and land use in the area that is habitat for the Lesser Prairie Chicken will be litigated in Oklahoma and not transferred to Washington, D.C., Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said today. The decision yesterday by U.S. District Judge James H. Payne is the second time in the last two months that the federal judiciary has rejected an attempt by the federal government to move the litigation from Oklahoma to Washington, D.C. “This is good news for Kansas,” Schmidt said. “It means our case...
  • Grain Piles Up, Waiting for a Ride, as Trains Move North Dakota Oil

    09/23/2014 2:16:10 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 25 replies
    New York Times ^ | Aug 25, 2014 | Ron Nixon
    The furious pace of energy exploration in North Dakota is creating a crisis for farmers whose grain shipments have been held up by a vast new movement of oil by rail, leading to millions of dollars in agricultural losses and slower production for breakfast cereal giants like General Mills. [] reports the railroads filed with the federal government show that for the week that ended Aug. 22, the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway — North Dakota’s largest railroad, owned by the billionaire Warren E. Buffett — had a backlog of 1,336 rail cars waiting to ship grain and other products....
  • Burning issues, ND operators ramping up as a new era of flaring governance draws near

    09/22/2014 7:36:14 AM PDT · by thackney · 8 replies
    Petroleum News Bakken ^ | Week of September 21, 2014 | Maxine Herr
    North Dakota’s natural gas production rose nearly 40 million cubic feet per day in July, a 3 percent increase, and the state’s gas capture also rose, increasing from 72 percent in June to 74 percent in July indicating that the industry’s efforts to capture more gas are working. However, those are cumulative statistics with some operators capturing more than 74 percent and others capturing less as drilling activity continuing to rise. The state’s Department of Mineral Resources Director Lynn Helms said the industry “will have to work very hard” in order to meet the upcoming requirements set by the North...
  • Refracking brings 'vintage' oil and gas wells to life

    08/21/2014 9:24:35 AM PDT · by ckilmer · 26 replies
    samachar ^ | Aug 20, 2014,
    Refracking brings 'vintage' oil and gas wells to life Aug 20, 2014, 10.43AM IST (The development highlights…) HOUSTON/WILLISTON, NORTH DAKOTA: A fracking boom isn't enough for U.S. oil and gas producers - they're now starting the re-fracking boom.Wells sunk as little as three years ago are being fracked again, the latest innovation in the technology-driven shale oil revolution. Hydraulic fracturing, which has upended global energy markets by lifting U.S. crude oil output to a 25-year high, has been troubled by quick declines in oil and gas output. The development highlights how producers must constantly invest and tinker, both to...
  • US Senate Panel Advances Bill To Force Keystone Pipeline Approval

    06/19/2014 5:04:43 AM PDT · by thackney · 16 replies
    Reuters via Rig Zone ^ | June 18, 2014 | Ros Krasny
    The U.S. Senate Energy Committee advanced a bill on Wednesday that would force congressional approval of TransCanada's proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline project, but the measure seems unlikely to be taken up by the full Senate. The bill, the latest effort by lawmakers to breathe life into the long-delayed pipeline from Canada to the U.S. Gulf Coast, will languish without a commitment from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to bring it to a vote. The measure, from Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu of Louisiana and Republican Senators John Hoeven of North Dakota and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, would take a decision...
  • N.D. oil boom ignites cash-spending splurge

    09/21/2014 2:37:53 PM PDT · by thackney · 24 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | September 21, 2014 | PAM LOUWAGIE
    The workers sometimes come in with stacks of $100 bills, their jeans and boots still covered in oil field mud as they scour the glass jewelry counter looking for clean sparkle. One oil field worker plopped down $25,000 for a diamond for his girlfriend back home. Many others settle on $1,000 necklace pendants in the shape of a tiny oil derrick, a diamond anchoring the bottom where the oil would be. “These guys spend lots of money on their women, and there’s plenty of money to be spent,” said Gina Abfalter, a clerk at Ritter Brothers Diamond Cutters downtown. “A...
  • N. Dakota needs $800 million for housing, schools in wake of oil boom, state GOP says

    09/19/2014 5:39:15 AM PDT · by thackney · 55 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | September 18, 2014 | Associated Press
    North Dakota Republicans on Wednesday unveiled an $800 million one-time spending plan to address immediate problems tied to the oil boom in the western part of the state.... The proposal includes $475 million to oil-producing counties and cities; $140 million to oil patch hub cities of Williston, Dickinson and Minot; $35 million to county schools affected by oil development; and $150 million for road projects outside of the oil patch.... Ron Ness, president of the North Dakota Petroleum Council, said infrastructure needs and a shortage of workers are the biggest challenges facing North Dakota’s energy sector. The state has more...
  • Big money flows to top brass of pipe welders union

    09/08/2014 9:37:55 PM PDT · by george76 · 4 replies
    Watchdog ^ | September 8, 2014 | Arthur Kane
    A Tulsa, Okla.,-based plumbers and pipe welders union is clearly flush with cash, as a dozen of their top officials made more than $200,000 last year, federal records show. Plumbers AFL-CIO Local Union 798 paid business manager Daniel Hendrix $280,000 and financial secretary/treasurer Wade Pilgreen $272,000 in fiscal 2013, according to disclosures the union filed with the U.S. Department of Labor. ... Hendrix said his pipe fitters make about $50 an hour and work at least a 60-hour a week plus expenses, and the union staff is compensated at a similar rate for their roughly 80-hour work weeks. A person...
  • The Enterprise Of Maligning Enterprise (And The Clergy Who Make Matters Worse)

    09/06/2014 11:16:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Townhall ^ | September 7, 2014 | Austin Hill
    "MCDonalds Mcdonalds, can't you see...Seven-forty is not for me..." The chant, recited through a megaphone, was being led by a man identifed as a Christian Pastor ("Reverend Charles" we'll call him), near a McDonalds restaurant in Detroit last week. Dozens of people in the parking lot uttered the chant with him, as the crowd sought to malign McDonalds restaurants while at the same time demanding a $15.00 per hour wage. "They want fifteen, they want a union, they want to be organized" Pastor Charles told the tv news crews. "The McDonalds corporation should allow that to happen immediately." The illogic...
  • US rail chiefs in plea on grain delays

    09/05/2014 4:59:38 AM PDT · by thackney · 27 replies
    Financial Times ^ | September 4, 2014 | Robert Wright
  • Inside North Dakota's latest fracking problem

    08/25/2014 3:41:20 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 26 replies
    CNBC/Reuters ^ | 22 August 2014 | Brad Quick | Morgan Brennan
    From his driveway, Tom Wheeler's view of North Dakota's sprawling grasslands seems endless. Fields of soy, wheat and canola stretch to the horizon in all directions. But as drillers flock to the state to cash in on North Dakota's booming shale play, that horizon has become increasingly marked by natural gas flares. Flaring is the burning of natural gas that can't be processed or sold. All those flares, meanwhile, are adding up. They burn so brightly that NASA astronauts have taken pictures of their glow from space. For some landowners like Wheeler, it's not the noise or light pollution that...
  • The Airport That Feeds the Oil Boom: The Fastest Growing Airports Are in North Dakota

    07/31/2014 7:18:29 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 07/31/2014 | Scott McCartney
    A double-wide mobile-home trailer that used to serve as an elementary-school classroom is now the airport terminal. A conference room is the Hertz rental counter. And there is no baggage carousel, just a small counter where baggage workers pile luggage. Sloulin Field International Airport here wasn't built to be one of the fastest-growing airports in the world, but it is now. Traffic last year was 254% higher than just two years earlier. Airlines fly in with jets weighing twice as much as what the runway was built for. And when the parking lot is full, cars are left in ditches...
  • Huge North Dakota Wastewater Spill Prompts Calls For Fracking Regulations

    07/15/2014 2:04:19 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    OIL PRICE ^ | 07/15/2014 | By Andy Tully
    Beaver dams have so far prevented about 1 million gallons of fracking wastewater discovered spilled July 8 from a rural North Dakota pipeline from spreading too far. But area residents, environmentalists and even a Republican state legislator all want more reliable measures. The spill of the toxic saltwater, a byproduct of hydraulic fracturing, came from gas extraction operations at the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation and occurred days before it was discovered. The federal Environmental Protection Agency said the underground pipeline spilled about 24,000 barrels, or 1 million gallon, in North Dakota’s thriving oil and gas region. The water, which can...
  • Oil Production in the Bakken Reaches New Record

    07/15/2014 6:55:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 07/15/2014 | Sierra Rayne
    With the release of the latest oil production data for the Bakken in North Dakota, this tight oil play reached a new record of 975,000 barrels per day in May.  This represents an increase of almost 37,000 barrels per day from the previous month, and is the largest April-May increase on record.  Daily oil per well remains stable at 127 barrels, down only slightly from the May 2013 value of 130. Overall production for North Dakota was also up in May to a new record of 1.04 million barrels per day, with daily oil per well steady at 99 barrels....
  • Bakken oil isn't stabilized to make it less volatile, raising risks

    07/07/2014 5:01:21 PM PDT · by shove_it · 13 replies
    SeekingAlpha ^ | 7 Jul 2014
    Energy companies invested hundreds of millions of dollars when they started extracting oil from shale formations in south Texas a few years ago to make the volatile crude was safer to handle, but the failure to do so at the Bakken shale is coming back to haunt the oil industry as the U.S. government seeks to prevent fiery accidents of trains containing North Dakota oil. Only one stabilizer, which can remove the most volatile gases before transport, has been built in North Dakota and it hasn't begun operation, according to a WSJ review; if the government mandates the use of...
  • New ND Flaring Regs Make Statoil's Nat Gas Container System Timely

    07/03/2014 5:45:05 AM PDT · by thackney · 18 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | July 02, 2014 | Gene Lockard
    Statoil ASA recently announced a container system to reduce flaring in the Bakken. The company’s timing could not have been better, considering that North Dakota just approved new flaring regulations. More restrictive regulations covering flaring on existing wells were passed by the North Dakota Industrial Commission – the state’s regulating entity for oil and gas – July 1. The goal of the commission is to reduce flaring to 26 percent by the fourth quarter of 2014, 23 percent by the first quarter of 2016, and 10 percent – with the potential of 5 percent – by the fourth quarter of...
  • Bakken shale explorers told to cut flaring or face crude caps

    07/01/2014 5:42:42 PM PDT · by shove_it · 19 replies
    SeekingAlpha ^ | 1 Jul 2014
    North Dakota regulators tell crude oil explorers to cut the flaring of natural gas or face limits on the amount of oil they can pump from the Bakken shale formation.The state's crude output has surpassed 1M bbl/day, behind only Texas, but while Texas captures all but 1% of the natural gas produced, North Dakota burns 30% of its output as waste as the rate of production has outstripped companies' ability to capture gas through pipeline connections at the source.The North Dakota Industrial Commission is aiming for a 26% reduction in gas flaring statewide by Q4 of this year and another...
  • Pipeline progress, Midstream companies make ‘remarkable’ strides in North Dakota

    07/01/2014 6:02:02 AM PDT · by thackney · 17 replies
    Petroleum News Bakken ^ | Week of June 29, 201 | MAXINE HERR
    North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple is full of gratitude for pipeline infrastructure investments after tasking midstream companies two years ago to build pipelines, and build them quickly. Dalrymple hosted his second Governor’s Pipeline Summit in Bismarck on June 24, bringing together about 150 pipeline industry leaders, energy industry representatives and federal, state and local officials to share their response to the rapid construction of thousands of miles of pipelines to meet oil and gas industry demands. “There was a time a few years ago when we said we’re never going to have enough pipelines to deal with this boom,” Dalrymple...
  • North Dakota and Texas now provide nearly half of U.S. crude oil production

    07/01/2014 5:17:50 AM PDT · by thackney · 8 replies
    Energy Information Administration ^ | 7/1/2014 | Energy Information Administration
    U.S. crude production in April 2014 was 8.4 million barrels per day (bbl/d), with two states, Texas and North Dakota, accounting for nearly half of this total. Texas production topped 3.0 million bbl/d for the first time since the late 1970s, more than doubling production in the past three years, and North Dakota production broke 1.0 million bbl/d for the first time in history, nearly tripling its production over the same period, according to data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration's Petroleum Supply Monthly report. Combined crude oil production volumes from Texas and North Dakota reached 4.0 million bbl/d. From...
  • North Dakota aims to double pipeline capacity; Enterprise helps

    06/30/2014 6:06:57 AM PDT · by thackney · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | Jun 24, 2014 | ERNEST SCHEYDER
    North Dakota intends to nearly double its oil and gas pipeline capacity within two years as part of a plan to curb the wasteful flaring of natural gas in the bustling Bakken oil field, the state's governor said on Tuesday. Oil production in North Dakota has more than tripled in the past decade to 1 million barrels of oil equivalent (boepd) per day, making for the fastest-growing U.S. state economy. But state pipeline capacity has lagged. Governor Jack Dalrymple said the state wants to boost capacity to 1.4 million boepd by 2016 from about 780,000 boepd now. "We will reduce...
  • Court asked to speed up Canada lynx recovery work ((UN Agenda 21 )

    06/25/2014 7:24:38 AM PDT · by george76 · 14 replies
    ap ^ | June 24, 2014 | MATTHEW BROWN,
    Wildlife advocates want a federal judge to order faster action on a recovery plan for imperiled Canada lynx. ... Officials also say that lynx face a relatively low degree of threat compared to other protected species. The Fish and Wildlife Service was forced to come up with a timeline on the recovery document when Molloy last month expressed frustration with the government's progress. The judge said the "stutter-step" approach by federal officials necessitated court intervention. The lawsuit pending before Molloy was brought by Friends of the Wild Swan, Rocky Mountain Wild, Biodiversity Conservation Alliance and the San Juan Citizens Alliance....
  • The Bakken gets bigger - likely a LOT bigger

    06/19/2014 12:56:00 PM PDT · by george76 · 49 replies
    Oil Voice ^ | June 13, 2014 | Keith Schaefer
    Crescent Point’s Torquay Discovery Reignites Southeast Saskatchewan. Just when you thought The Bakken couldn’t get any better—it does. Oil producers are now “cracking the code” on the Torquay, or Three Forks formation below the Bakken, and coming up with incredible economics—these wells are paying back in only seven months. This news has completely re-invigorated the Canadian side of the Bakken. And on the US side, the Three Forks is causing industry to leap-frog estimates of the amount of recoverable oil available–by about 57%! It’s hard to imagine that the #1 oil play in all of North America could have such...
  • North Dakota oil production surpasses 1 million barrels per day

    06/18/2014 5:28:43 AM PDT · by thackney · 7 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | June 17, 2014 | Associated Press
    North Dakota has joined the ranks of the few places in the world that produce more than a million barrels of oil per day, due in large part to the rich Bakken shale formation in the western part of the state. The April figures released Tuesday by the state’s Department of Mineral Resources showed the record tally. North Dakota had flirted with the million-barrel-per-day mark for months, but the harsh winter slowed the pace. In March, production had hit 977,000 barrels per day. North Dakota’s oil fields now represent more than 12 percent of all U.S. oil production, and more...
  • Sixteen Republican Senators Vote For Cloture On Gun Control Bill (Lamar Alexander, AYE!)

    06/17/2014 1:32:24 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 32 replies
    redstate.com ^ | 4/11/13
    Remember these sixteen names when they run for office again. The sixteen Republicans who voted to proceed were Sens. Lamar Alexander (Tenn.), Kelly Ayotte (N.H.), Richard Burr (N.C.), Saxby Chambliss (Ga.), Tom Coburn (Okla.), Susan Collins (Maine). Bob Corker (Tenn.), Jeff Flake (Ariz.), Lindsey Graham (S.C.), Dean Heller (Nev.), John Hoeven (N.D.), Johnny Isakson (Ga.), Mark Kirk (Ill.), John McCain (Ariz.), Pat Toomey (Pa.) and Roger Wicker (Miss.). List courtesy The Hill.com. As reported by RedState yesterday, this bill would allow doctors to add a person’s name to the national database currently used for background checks, and list them as...
  • Obama visits 'Indian Country' in N. Dakota

    06/14/2014 11:04:52 PM PDT · by kingattax · 41 replies
    Yahoo/AFP ^ | 6-14-14
    Barack Obama traveled to a Native American reservation in North Dakota, his first visit as US president to "Indian Country," where he focused Friday on education and economic development. The president, accompanied by First Lady Michelle Obama, visited the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe reservation in the central far northern state. The Sioux, which include the Lakota and Dakota nations, are the people of Sitting Bull, the chief famous for his victory over the US cavalry in the 1876 Battle of Little Bighorn. (AFP)
  • Ranked: Oil states lead nation in economic growth

    06/12/2014 6:42:54 AM PDT · by thackney · 11 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | June 11, 2014 | Simone Sebastian
    The energy industry was a major driver of economic growth in several of the nation’s fastest-growing states last year, including Texas and the Rocky Mountain region, according to data released Wednesday by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. The national gross domestic product, a measure of economic activity, grew 1.8 percent in 2013. Meanwhile, several states with thriving oil and natural gas industries, including North Dakota and Texas, saw economic growth of more than 3.5 percent. Still, the industry couldn’t save some states from lackluster economic results. In the heart of the Marcellus Shale — a major natural gas production...
  • Article V Constitution: Mount Vernon Assembly [Live Web Stream Now! Today (6-12) & Tomorrow]

    The Mount Vernon Assembly – Indianapolis FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Skip Brown skip.brown@iga.in.gov 317-232-9521 The Mount Vernon Assembly to Meet at Indiana Statehouse June 12 and 13 INDIANAPOLIS (June 9, 2014) – More than 100 state legislators representing 33 states will meet at the Indiana Statehouse in Indianapolis on June 12 and 13 to continue establishing the rules and procedures needed for a future state-led convention for proposing amendments to the U.S. Constitution, as authorized by Article V of the Constitution. The meeting is a continuation of efforts that began in December 2013 at George Washington’s historic Mount Vernon estate...
  • Lurking Freeper needs advice(vanity)

    06/11/2014 11:59:22 AM PDT · by standing man · 20 replies
    Please take the time to read this short story and help me if you can. My son Levi was killed in a drunk driving accident in North Dakota in October of 2012. He was packing his trailer to return home to eastern Washington the next day he was to be married in November to his High school sweetheart, and we had began the process of clearing ground to build their home. A fellow employee stopped by and picked up Levi and Patrick who was helping Levi. Shortly after leaving Patrick said Levi told Andrew (the driver) to stop the car...
  • Why One Walmart in North Dakota Is Paying $17.40 an Hour [Hint: It ISN'T Obama]

    06/11/2014 6:05:49 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 10 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | 6/11/14
    A Walmart store in Williston, N.D., is offering to pay entry-level workers as much as $17.40 per hour—nearly 2˝ times the federal minimum wage—in an effort to compete in one of America’s most dynamic labor markets.
  • Crude-by-rail transportation provides Bakken Shale production access to major markets

    06/10/2014 1:00:43 PM PDT · by thackney · 3 replies
    Energy Information Administration ^ | JUNE 10, 2014 | Energy Information Administration
    As onshore crude oil production in the United States increased over the past few years, producers have increasingly moved crude oil out of production areas by rail. Producers in North Dakota, in particular, have used rail to ship crude oil to refineries and midstream companies at newly built unloading terminals on the East Coast and West Coast. The number of rail carloads of crude oil began rising in 2012, as production in the Bakken Shale and other shale plays grew. According to the North Dakota Pipeline Authority, Bakken rail outflow capacity totaled 965,000 barrels per day (bbl/d) at the end...
  • Eagle Ford production likely to double, consultancy predicts

    06/10/2014 8:26:06 AM PDT · by ckilmer · 3 replies
    bizjournals.com ^ | Jun 5, 2014, 11:02am CDT | Sanford Nowlin
    Jun 5, 2014, 11:02am CDT Eagle Ford production likely to double, consultancy predicts   Enlarge Photo Eddie Seal Orion Drilling Co.'s Perseus rig prepares to drill for hydrocarbons in the Eagle Ford Shale. Output from the South Texas formation is likely to reach 2 million barrels per day, according to a new Wood Mackenzie analysis. Photo: Eddie Seal/Bloomberg   Sanford Nowlin Crude oil and condensate output from South Texas’ Eagle Ford Shale is expected to double to 2 million barrels per day by 2020, according to energy consulting firm Wood Mackenzie.That means output from the oil-and-gas formation south of...
  • Homeless solution remains elusive ( Kauai - Hawaii )

    05/30/2014 8:28:33 PM PDT · by george76 · 26 replies
    The Garden Island ^ | May 29, 2014
    Homeless campers evicted’ That was the top headline in Friday’s TGI after campers at Anahola Beach Park were told to vacate or face arrest last week. We’re not disputing that these folks weren’t supposed to be there, but we will argue this is a sign of the severity of the homeless problem in Hawaii and specifically, on Kauai .... No surprise that homelessness is a problem. Kauai is a very expensive place to live. Rent, utilities, groceries and gas — all of which hit the shrinking middle class and the rising low-income hard — are among the highest in the...
  • Tornado Hits North Dakota Oil Workers Camp [Video]

    05/27/2014 10:59:11 AM PDT · by thackney · 3 replies
    Oil Pro ^ | 5/25/14 | Jeff Reed
    North Dakota officials said early Tuesday that nine people were injured, one critically, when a tornado hit an oil worker camp just south of Watford City, located in the western region of the state about 30 miles southwest of Williston. McKenzie County Emergency Management Director Jerry Samuelson said the tornado destroyed eight trailers where the workers resided. He stated that the critically injured person was transported to a hospital in Minot, N.D. for treatment. The other eight workers were treated and released. Samuelson said that rescue crews are currently searching through a large quantity of debris, although he is confident...
  • Bakken Shale happiness, oodles of oil and help wanted, please

    05/27/2014 5:20:30 AM PDT · by thackney · 23 replies
    Platts ^ | May 27, 2014 | Starr Spencer
    If there was one trait that characterized this year’s Williston Basin Petroleum Conference, it was unabashed pride. Mostly the pride stemmed from North Dakota’s achievement in the last decade after moving from a relatively low amount of oil production (79,000 b/d in early 2004) to approaching 1 million b/d currently, making it the second-largest producing state behind Texas. The oil–Lynn Helms, director of North Dakota’s Oil and Gas Division, claimed the resource could be as much as 300 billion barrels–has brought an unimaginable bounty to the state: low unemployment (averaging 3% state-wide), hordes of job openings (Governor Jack Dalrymple claimed...
  • 45 senators, including vulnerable Dems, are asking the EPA to delay incoming emissions regulations

    05/23/2014 6:48:36 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/23/2014 | Erika Johnsen
    It’s only a small matter of time until the Obama administration finally, rapturously releases what its hopes will be the crown jewel of its rise-of-the-oceans-slowing climate-change agenda: Regulations capping the emissions from existing power plants, a.k.a., stamping out coal plants across the country. This set of regs is going to be even more complicated and controversial than the regulations for only new power plants the administration released last year, and as the AP obliquely explains, we’re likely to start seeing those “necessarily skyrocketing” energy prices Obama once mentioned pretty quickly here: Electricity prices are probably on their way up...
  • Continental Resources CEO Harold Hamm: Bakken oil threatened by safety missteps

    05/23/2014 3:14:34 AM PDT · by T-Bird45 · 9 replies
    The Oklahoman ^ | 5/23/14 | James MacPherson
    AP Content - Excerpt only BISMARCK, N.D. — The godfather of North Dakota’s present oil bonanza predicted the state’s crude production will double to 2 million barrels daily by decade’s end, but warned industry officials Thursday that future safety missteps would threaten that.
  • Senate Dems to Obama: Reconsider coal rules

    05/21/2014 5:11:11 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 15 replies
    The Hill ^ | 5/21/14 | Laura Barron-Lopez
    A collection of seven Senate Democrats are pressuring President Obama to scale-back the proposed carbon limits on new coal-fired power plants. In a letter to Obama on Wednesday, the senators asserted that the technology the rule is based on is not commercially viable. ADVERTISEMENT "We are committed to improving air quality; however, the emissions standards in the proposed rule are not based on technology that has been adequately demonstrated on a commercial scale," the letter, spearheaded by Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.) and Joe Donnelly (Ind.) states. Sens. Mary Landrieu (La.), Mark Pryor (Ark.) and Mark Warner (Va.), all vulnerable Democrats...
  • Unions raise heat on Senate to approve Keystone XL

    05/21/2014 9:21:30 AM PDT · by thackney · 10 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | May 21, 2014 | Jennifer A. Dlouhy
    Labor unions are beseeching senators to pass legislation that would approve the Keystone XL pipeline by circumventing a government review process that threatens to stretch into 2015. In a letter to senators today, five unions, the National Association of Manufacturers and the American Petroleum Institute say the bill is essential to free the pipeline from “political limbo.” “After nearly six years of countless polls and five exhaustive federal reviews stating the pipeline is safe to build and will create thousands of jobs, we have unfortunately seen political rhetoric and gamesmanship take precedence over policy and leadership,” the groups say. The...
  • Legendary Basketball Coach Don Meyer Passes Away

    05/18/2014 7:09:01 PM PDT · by Engraved-on-His-hands · 5 replies
    Vavel ^ | May 18, 2014 | Staff
    A man who could have coached at the Division I level, but chose not to, Don Meyer had as much influence on the game of basketball as any other coach in college history. Meyer, who died of cancer Sunday at the age of 69, leaves behind an unequaled legacy.... Meyer returned to coaching, in a wheelchair, and surpassed Bob Knight as the all-time winningest coach in NCAA history in 2009. Meyer retired in 2010 second only to Duke's Mike Krzyzewski in wins. Overall, Meyer won a combined 923 games over 38 years at Hamline, Lipscomb University, and Northern State. Even...
  • WTI Vs. LLS: A Major Shift In The U.S. Oil Boom

    05/17/2014 1:00:18 PM PDT · by ckilmer · 1 replies
    nasdaq.com ^ | May 16, 2014
    For more than a century, the global oil and natural gas supply picture changed only a decade at a time. In the past half-decade, however, the picture has changed with startling speed. That has been particularly true in America. New technologies opened regional production in areas including North Dakota's Bakken Shale and Texas' Eagle Ford basin.
  • Hoeven Announces $17 Million in DOT Grants for North Dakota Airports

    05/15/2014 6:35:20 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 8 replies
    Senator John Hoeven ^ | May 15 2014 | Senator John Hoeven,Senator Heidi Heitkamp
    WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven today announced the U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded more than $17 million in grants with funds appropriated by Congress to improve airports in Minot, Grand Forks, Bowman, Devils Lake and Jamestown. Hoeven is a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee. “DOT’s decision to award more than $17 million to improve North Dakota’s airports reflects our ongoing efforts to improve infrastructure across North Dakota, especially in the rapidly growing western portion of our state that continues to see increased demand at airports,” said Hoeven. “It remains imperative that we work to meet this increased demand...
  • College Bans Fencing Team from Practicing with their “Weapons”

    05/15/2014 8:00:31 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 05/15/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Not a lethal weapon I’ve done some fencing and I can tell you that the “weapons” involved are to actual blades as cap guns are to rifles.The most dangerous thing about them is the risk of the tip snapping off and hitting someone. It’s more of a risk in North Dakota where it gets really cold.But zero tolerance insanity has taken over every campus. “The current interpretation of the non-weapon policy in North Dakota State University (NDSU) …understands our fencing equipment as weapons,” says the club’s coach Enrique Alvarez.Alvarez has been fencing since his early teens. He says despite their...
  • New projections show oil production soaring as rigs boost efficiency

    05/13/2014 6:03:44 AM PDT · by thackney · 8 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | May 12, 2014 | Simone Sebastian
    Oil production will continue to soar in the six major U.S. shale plays, with more barrels pumped per rig, according to federal projections released Monday. Total oil production in the six regions is expected to grow to 4.43 million barrels per day in June, an increase of 75,000 barrels per day compared to May, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. The federal agency expects oil rigs will produce an average of 271 barrels per day each, an increase of one barrel over May. The projection reflects the growing efficiency of rigs since the U.S. energy boom began. In June...
  • N.D. Official Sparks Outrage With Attack on Common Core Expert

    05/12/2014 9:11:55 PM PDT · by robowombat · 11 replies
    New American ^ | Sunday, 11 May 2014 18:45 | Alex Newman
    N.D. Official Sparks Outrage With Attack on Common Core Expert Written by Alex Newman N.D. Official Sparks Outrage With Attack on Common Core Expert It began as a quiet plot by at least one North Dakota education official to personally attack and defame an expert on Common Core, Dr. Duke Pesta, who was set to give public speeches and briefings to lawmakers exposing the dangers of the Obama administration-pushed nationalization of schooling. The plan, however, backfired — big time. Within days, the scheme against Dr. Pesta had been exposed, along with at least one official involved in it. Now, the...
  • The Keystone Pipeline Is Ruining Mark Udall's Week

    05/06/2014 7:04:15 AM PDT · by george76 · 12 replies
    National Journal ^ | May 5, 2014 | Jason Plautz
    Mark Udall, D-Colo., is facing calls on both sides to clarify his position on the Keystone XL pipeline. The Keystone XL pipeline wouldn't run through Colorado, but it's about to take center stage in the state's politics. The Senate is near certain to vote this week on legislation that would approve the oil-sands pipeline, and that's leaving Sen. Mark Udall—a Democrat facing a tough reelection challenge—with an unenviable choice to make. If Udall votes yes, he'll anger a liberal base that has put blocking the pipeline at the head of its environmental charge. But if he votes no, his opponent...