Smithsonian Channel set to premiere docu-series chronicling black gold rush in North Dakota and Montana


Boomtowners – six episode series set to premiere Sunday, April 26 at 9 p.m. ET/PT The oil boom that has been drawing thousands of workers to the Bakken shale region of North Dakota and Montana is the subject of a new Smithsonian Channel docu-series. BOOMTOWNERS, comprised of six one-hour episodes, will…

Site Safe Containment to Debut New Secondary Containment Wall Technology


Containment specialist, Site Safe Containment, will now offer a new lightweight, heavy-duty containment wall (berm) option for drilling and completion operations.  The new product is engineered specifically to allow heavy vehicle “drive-over” capability as well as easy set up and dismantle features to reduce costs and improve faster rig up…

WBI Energy names Rust vice president of operations


Jeff Rust has been named vice president of operations at WBI Energy, Inc. In this position Rust will provide leadership for the company’s transmission and midstream operations that span throughout the Rocky Mountain Region. Rust will work from the company’s headquarters in Bismarck, North Dakota, and will assume the post…

Colorado oil and gas proposals: Powder keg or procedural nightmare?

A drilling rig bores down into the energy-rich shale underneath Weld County. Sound walls, such as those encircling this rig, are erected around many drilling sites in Colorado to shield neighbors from industry operations.  Photo courtesy of the American Petroleum Institute.

By Michael Sandoval  For the past six months, the 21 members of Governor John Hickenlooper’s oil and gas task force have traveled across the state of Colorado, worked through a half dozen meetings, met hundreds of community members, listened to scores of speakers, and endured dozens of presentations. This blue-ribbon…

Full-speed ahead for U.S. LNG industry


By Melanie Franner  Thanks to its growing shale gas industry, the United States is well on its way to becoming a significant exporter of liquefied natural gas (LNG). Numbers from the Energy Information Administration show that shale gas production in the U.S. totaled 4.87 trillion cubic feet (tcf) in 2010….

Bakken production stays the course amid falling oil prices

Downtown Williston under construction in fall 2014. Williston, ND has seen its population almost quadruple in the last six years.  The city is currently experiencing a building boom, which includes the $56 million Williston High School.

By Lisa Fattori.  Photos courtesy of of Williston Parks & Recreation. Uncertainty and speculation surrounding the freefall in oil prices have some analysts forecasting a low of $20 per barrel, before prices resume an upward climb. By January 2015, U.S. oil prices had halved in just seven months to below $50 per…