Energy

Dave Thompson / Prairie Public

Bismarck-based MDU Resources Group had a good year in 2016 – and its President and CEO believes 2017 will be strong as well.

In 2016, MDU’s construction business – which includes Knife River Construction – earned just under $137 million, while its energy businesses brought in nearly $93 million.

President and CEO David Goodin told the MDU annual stockholders meeting in Bismarck -- MDU Resources Group has focused on its two business platforms – the regulated energy delivery business and construction.

Wind farm warning light change

May 4, 2017
Courtesy Julie Fedorchak

The Public Service Commission has drafted new rules dealing with lights on wind towers.

Right now, most of the towers have blinking red lights – that are on all night. They’re there to keep aircraft away – but neighbors have complained about them. The new rules say new towers have to have “light mitigation technology” – which only turns the lights on when aircraft are in the area.

Amy Sisk / Prairie Public

Oil production is bouncing back, but North Dakota is having trouble finding workers to fill new energy jobs.

North Dakota is once again producing over 1 million barrels of oil per day, after the number dropped below a million this winter. It rebounded in February, according to figures released Thursday from the North Dakota Department of Mineral Resources.

Filling In The Natural Gas Gaps

Apr 7, 2017
Amy Sisk / Inside Energy

With the fracking boom ushering in cheap natural gas prices nationwide, nearly 40 states have adopted or are considering new legislation to expand gas service.

Big gaps exist in rural America where natural gas does not reach. These areas rely heavily on propane, with 12 million homes that use it for heating.

One North Dakota town is looking to make the switch, pushing the Legislature for flexibility to craft its own plan to bring in natural gas service.

Oil and gas production creates waste that can wreak havoc on farmland and pose health risks.

A new series of maps from the Western Organization of Resource Councils shows locations for waste spills and disposal facilities in North Dakota, Wyoming, Colorado and Montana.

What ever happened to potash mining in ND?

Feb 28, 2017

A few years ago, potash was being touted in some circles as “the next big thing” for North Dakota.

Potash is a fertilizer. It’s big in Canada and other countries. It’s a big industry in Saskatchewan. And there is a significant deposit northwest of Minot.

However, the price dropped – and companies interested in mining North Dakota potash went to England instead.

ND Joint Information Center

State officials say the Oceti Sakowin protest camp onn the Cannonball River south of Mandan has finally been cleared.

The deadline for protesters to leave the camp was Wednesday at 2 pm – but a number of people stayed. Thursday morning, law enforcement officers told those remaining to disperse and head south to avoid arrest. Some complied – but 46 were arrested.

“We’re feel very good about the fact that now we can have full access to continue the clean-up work we’ve been initiating the last couple of weeks,”  said Gov. Doug Burgum in an interview with Prairie Public.

Oceti Sakowin protest camp clean up could take a while

Feb 23, 2017
Dave Thompson / Prairie Public

State and federal officials are now focusing on cleaning up the area where the main Dakota Access Pipeline protest camp was located.

It’s along the Cannonball River, on Army Corps of Engineers land north of the Standing Rock Reservation.

Crews have been working to clean up the debris. They’re dismantling structures, hauling out abandoned cars and filling dumpsters with garbage.

"This isn't just high school kids picking up garbage in a ditch along teh road," Gov. Doug Burgum  told reporters at a Mandan news conference.

Oceti Sakowin protest camp clean up could take a while

Feb 23, 2017
Dave Thompson / Prairie Public

State and federal officials are now focusing on cleaning up the area where the main Dakota Access Pipeline protest camp was located.

It’s along the Cannonball River, on Army Corps of Engineers land north of the Standing Rock Reservation.

Crews have been working to clean up the debris. They’re dismantling structures, hauling out abandoned cars and filling dumpsters with garbage.

"This isn't just high school kids picking up garbage in a ditch along teh road," Gov. Doug Burgum  told reporters at a Mandan news conference.

Oceti Sakowin protest camp clean up could take a while

Feb 23, 2017
Dave Thompson / Prairie Public

State and federal officials are now focusing on cleaning up the area where the main Dakota Access Pipeline protest camp was located.

It’s along the Cannonball River, on Army Corps of Engineers land north of the Standing Rock Reservation.

Crews have been working to clean up the debris. They’re dismantling structures, hauling out abandoned cars and filling dumpsters with garbage.

"This isn't just high school kids picking up garbage in a ditch along teh road," Gov. Doug Burgum  told reporters at a Mandan news conference.

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