Category Archives: Features

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…

ONEOK to invest $2.3 billion for additional NGL and natural gas infrastructure

ONEOK, Inc. announced plans to invest approximately $2.3 billionbetween now and 2020 to construct: A new 400,000-barrel per day (bpd) natural gas liquids (NGL) pipeline – the Arbuckle II Pipeline – that will create additional NGL transportation capacity between ONEOK’s extensive Mid-Continent infrastructure in Oklahoma and the company’s existing NGL facilities in Mont Belvieu,…

Filling the employee pipeline

Companies that have been involved in oil and gas in North Dakota for decades have been concerned with keeping their pipelines full: both with product and with future employees.  As the technology involved in petroleum production has changed, so too has the skillset required from employees.  That was the challenge…

Legislative impasse pulls plug on Colorado’s Energy Office

By Michael Sandoval The Colorado Energy Office (CEO), for years a promoter of renewable energy policy and technology, often at the expense of the state’s abundant natural resources, faced its own political reality on July 1: intermittent and unreliable political support. Not necessarily a bad thing. Though the agency did…

University of North Dakota at the forefront of educating petroleum engineers

By Deb Austreng and Brandon Beyer, University of North Dakota The University of North Dakota (UND), College of Engineering and Mines located in Grand Forks, ND, has just installed its first full-scale drilling and well control simulator in its new pioneering Collaborative Energy Complex (CEC), home to the UND Department…

Valley Expansion delivers warmth and supports growth

If you grew up on the Northern Plains, where the icy winter wind whips across fields of snow and down darkening city streets, where your cheeks burn from the cold even as you turn your back to the gale and lean your way toward the warm lights of home, then…