Infrastructure issues in the Oil Patch

Apr 17, 2018
Dave Thompson / Prairie Public

North Dakota's oil patch could see some issues with a lack of infrastructure to get oil and natural gas to market.

Since the Dakota Access Pipeline was completed, the premium charged against Bakken crude oil has dropped.

It was at its highest when a lot of oil was being transported by rail – and that meant discounts were taken because of transportation costs.

But as oil production is expected to increase, North Dakota could see a swing again toward rail transport of crude.

ND Senate leader keeping an eye on oil prices

Jan 29, 2018

Activity is increasing in the oil patch – as oil prices have rebounded.

But Sen.Majority Leader Rich Wardner (R-Dickinson) said he’s still being very cautious about the recovery in the Bakken.

Wardner said right now, it looks positive.

"However, you never know about the price of oil," Wardner said. "I'm really concerned that we may be over-supplied again, and drive the price down."

Wardner said prices are up because OPEC has decided to to throttle back on oil production.

Core library expansion completed, under budget

Aug 8, 2017

The expansion of a special library on the UND campus is now complete.

And it came in under budget.

The library in question is the Wilson M.Laird Core and Sample Library. It’s used by scientists, and by the oil industry.

"When a company drills a well, it is required to the cuttings, the samples as the drill bit grinds through the rocks, which are collected at the surface," said state Geologist Ed Murphy. "And then any core that they take, they are required to give us a representative copy."

Dave Thompson / Prairie Public

Not a record turnout – but organizers of the 2016 Williston Basin Petroleum Conference say they’re happy.

"We just reached 2500 registrants," North Dakota Petroleum Council president Ron Ness announced at the conference's opening news briefing at the Bismarck Events Center. "We were planning for about 1800 a few months ago."

Ness says he also expects a number of on-site registrations.

"You put that on top of the roughly 4500 general public tickets we've sold for (Donald) Trump, and it's going to be a busy place," Ness said.

Aid to the oil patch

May 3, 2013

Supporters call it “landmark legislation.”

As Prairie Public's Dave Thompson reports, a bill to send more than $1.1 billion dollars to North Dakota's oil patch is on its way to Governor Dalrymple.


Norway's petroleum minister visiting ND

Nov 6, 2012

Norway’s minister of petroleum and energy is in North Dakota.
Ola Borten Moe will visit western North Dakota – and will meet with
some of the industry and government leaders while he’s here.

"I hope to see the activities in the Bakken field with my own eyes," said Borten Moe. "I may be better able to understand what's happening in the Bakken and the American energy sector."