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MDU announces retirement of aging coal-fired units, including Mandan’s Heskett Station

MDU announces retirement of aging coal-fired units, including Mandan’s Heskett Station

Montana-Dakota Utilities announced Tuesday it plans to retire Heskett Station near Mandan in 2021 and replace the coal-fired electric generation units with a new natural gas facility. The Heskett Station, named for Montana-Dakota Utilities founder R.M. Heskett, employs 47 people and dates back to 1954. Montana-Dakota Utilities, a subsidiary of MDU Resources Group, said in a news […]

North Dakota oil production pumped out a new record for December

North Dakota oil production pumped out a new record for December

Cold weather will be putting a whammy on monthly oil production, but December numbers don’t reflect that reality just yet. The state posted yet another record month of oil production for December, topping 1.401 million barrels per day in production. November’s total was 1.392 million. The stat prompted a media release from the North Dakota […]

Racketeering lawsuit by Dakota Access developer dismissed

Racketeering lawsuit by Dakota Access developer dismissed

A federal judge on Thursday dismissed a $1 billion racketeering lawsuit that the developer of the Dakota Access oil pipeline filed against environmental groups and activists, saying he found no evidence of a coordinated criminal enterprise. Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners sued Greenpeace, BankTrack and Earth First in August 2017, alleging the groups worked to undermine […]

North Dakota Senate approves additional study of Missouri River

North Dakota Senate approves additional study of Missouri River

The North Dakota Senate took another step this week to resolve disputes over oil and gas mineral ownership under Lake Sakakawea, approving a second phase of study and extending the time frame for royalty owners to get paid. In 2017, legislators ordered a study of the historical ordinary high water mark of the Missouri River […]

North Dakota oil production hits new record

North Dakota oil production hits new record

North Dakota oil operators took advantage of mild December weather and produced a record 1.4 million barrels per day that month, according to the Department of Mineral Resources. While oil production grew nearly 2 percent, natural gas production jumped 5 percent in December to a record 2.65 billion cubic feet per day, according to the […]

OSHA investigates explosion that injured two workers near Grenora

OSHA investigates explosion that injured two workers near Grenora

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating an explosion that injured two workers near Grenora in northwest North Dakota on Wednesday. Scott Overson, director of the Bismarck Area OSHA Office, said two employees were hurt in an explosion at a maintenance shop south of Grenora. An OSHA investigator was on the scene on Thursday. […]

North Dakota Senate defeats bill to study natural gas flaring

North Dakota Senate defeats bill to study natural gas flaring

North Dakota senators on Wednesday voted against a study aimed at decreasing the wasteful flaring of natural gas, which is at record high volumes in the state. Sen. Tim Mathern, D-Fargo, initially proposed Senate Bill 2332 to curb flaring by requiring companies to pay taxes and royalties on flared natural gas from wells that have […]

North Dakota Senate votes to keep oil tax ‘trigger’

North Dakota Senate votes to keep oil tax ‘trigger’

The North Dakota Senate opted Monday to keep a provision in oil tax policy that requires companies to pay more taxes when oil prices rise, reversing course from a committee recommendation made earlier this week. The topic came up during discussion for Senate Bill 2312, an effort to resolve a dispute with the Mandan, Hidatsa […]