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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.

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."