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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.

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.

Amy SIsk / Inside Energy

With Donald Trump as president, North Dakota’s oil patch got its wish: a permit to complete the massive Dakota Access Pipeline.

The easement to complete construction under the Missouri River was signed Wednesday. With that permit in hand, the 1,200-mile pipeline could carry Bakken crude to market in Illinois in as little as 80 days.

But the pipeline faces one final hurdle: a legal challenge from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, whose reservation lies next to the pipeline route.

Corps, BIA To Close Pipeline Protest Camps

Feb 3, 2017
Amy Sisk / Inside Energy

 

The Bureau of Indian Affairs said on Friday that it will send law enforcement to North Dakota to help shut down pipeline protest camps on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation.

The Standing Rock tribe led the months-long protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline. But it recently requested help from the BIA to close the camps.

The BIA announcement comes after word that Army Corps of Engineers is giving the few hundred protesters who remain at other camps on its land until Feb. 22 to get out.

Amy Sisk / Inside Energy

North Dakota has never experienced anything like the battle over the 1,200 mile Dakota Access Pipeline. Thousands of people from across the globe flocked to a remote grassy field this year, building a village of tents and teepees from scratch.

Protests near construction sites and in the state capital of Bismarck led to clashes with police, whose armored vehicles and pepper spray played out on Facebook streams broadcast live to the world.

Pipeline Drama Casts Shadow Over Oil Industry

Sep 29, 2016
Amy Sisk

 

 

The Obama Administration’s decision to temporarily halt construction on part of the 1,200-mile Dakota Access Pipeline has the oil industry on edge.

It was evident at the North Dakota Petroleum Council’s annual meeting, where the pipeline protests cast a shadow over an industry struggling amid low oil prices.

Western energy states see unemployment jump

Jun 21, 2016

Several western states whose economies depend heavily on the fossil fuel industry have seen major jumps in unemployment. Inside Energy’s Amy Sisk has more. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports Colorado’s unemployment rate went up significantly in May. Over the past year, rates in Wyoming and North Dakota grew faster than any other state. Plummeting prices for coal, oil and natural gas hit workers hard. In Wyoming.

State will seize 'illegal' oil

Jan 11, 2016

An unusual case for the North Dakota Industrial Commission.

An oil company had asked the Commission for permission to sell 800 barrels of oil taken from a spacing unit the company was not authorized to explore. State mineral resources director Lynn Helms says Cadeco was drilling from a neighboring spacing unit. But because Cadeco was not authorized to take oil from that unit, it became illegal oil. And the Commission voted to seize the oil and sell it, with the proceeds going to the state’s general fund.

Helms says it’s an expensive lesson.

EERC to develop technology to produce renewable chemicals

Oct 1, 2015

The Energy and Environmental Research Center at the University of North Dakota has been awarded a grant to develop and commercialize a new technology for producing fluids used in petroleum production.

Chris Zygarlicke is Associate Vice President for Strategic Projects and University Relations with the EERC.

"We have developed a novel hydroconversion series of catalysts and the catalysts just help you convert a vegetable oil to renewable chemicals - fluids. So that is, essentially, the technology."

Dave Thompson / Prairie Public

Newly released figures show North Dakota oil production declined slightly in February.

"It's the first time since December 2010 and January 2011 that we had back-to-back production declines," said state mineral resources director Lynn Helms in his monthly "Director's Cut" briefing. Helms says production dropped 14,000 barrels a day -- 9000 of which were due to production restrictions for gas capture goals.

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