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SD Mines Researchers Explore Hydraulic Fracturing to Expand Geothermal Energy

The use of hydraulic fracturing (or fracking) has been a topic of contention in the oil and gas industry. However, researchers believe fracking can also be used at depth in hard rocks that contain no oil or gas to improve geothermal energy production. The process could enhance the use of…

Bakken communities adopting strategies to address workforce shortage

Companies in the oil business sometimes struggle for capital. Others have to contend with tough terrain or harsh weather. And some are forced to cope with environmental opposition. But in North Dakota these days, the biggest obstacle to success is finding enough workers to do the job. Bakken oil producers…

Meridian Energy Group, Inc. begins civil construction of the Davis Refinery

Meridian Energy Group, Inc., the leading developer of innovative and environmentally-compliant oil refining facilities, announced on July 17, 2018 that the company has executed a contract with SEH Design|Build, Inc. (SEH D|B), a subsidiary of Short Elliott Hendrickson Inc. (SHE) with an office in Bismarck, North Dakota, for the performance…

Science-based Collaboratory Brings Diverse Stakeholders Together to Study Methane Emissions from Natural Gas

  A new industry-led collaborative research consortium will work to advance methane science to better understand global methane emissions and the need for additional solutions. The Collaboratory for Advancing Methane Science (CAMS) will pursue scientific studies addressing methane emissions from all sectors along the entire natural gas value chain, from…

Changing the game 24/7: Helping pipeline operators sense what’s right and what’s likely to go wrong.

New software heads an innovative pipeline monitoring system for oil and gas facilities. An all-new data-driven sensor-based ‘Smart Sleeve’ product for use in pipeline maintenance and repairs is under development to give pipeline operators and regulators a new benchmark in cost-effective operations, safety and peace of mind. The initiative is…

Growing the Bakken

By James Sorensen, principal geologist, and John Harju, vice president for strategic partnerships at the University of North Dakota Energy & Environmental Research Center The Bakken play continues to be one of the most prolific oil-producing plays in North America. Data from the Energy Information Agency (EIA) shows that during…