Category Archives: Features

New oil and gas regulations misguided, counterproductive

By Howard Feldman More than a dozen states, including North Dakota, have now filed a lawsuit challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) latest rule for new oil and natural gas sources. The American Petroleum Institute (API), as well as a number of state associations, is also taking action to prevent…

Keep D.C. out of the Bakken

By Senator Steve Daines Folks in western states like Montana and the Dakotas understand that to ensure our way of life for future generations, we need to balance the responsible development of our natural resources with protecting and conserving our great outdoors. As an avid outdoorsmen myself, I’ve been backpacking,…

New technology to safeguard pipeline industry

By Melanie Franner A new intelligent coating system has the potential to significantly increase the safety of oil and gas pipelines – along with critical areas of other metallic structures. The brainchild of North Dakota State University (NDSU) associate professor of mechanical engineering Dr. Fardad Azarmi and NDSU assistant professor…

Declining crew camp bed cause Capital Lodge to close its doors

By Amanda Lefley The intent behind building Capital Lodge, temporary housing for oil industry workers located on 72 acres within Williams County, North Dakota, was to construct a superior type of crew lodge facility that exceeded the conditions of traditional man camps, according to CEO Mike Boudreaux. In 2010 the…

With oil success, there’s still a need

By Emily Dalzell In Highway Headin’ South, Dolly Parton sings about North Dakota getting the best years of her life. Undoubtedly, people from across our state would heartily nod their heads in agreement, that North Dakota truly provides a wonderful place to live. Life for many, however, has changed dramatically…

Changes to oil tax distribution formula: More money for local government

By Melanie Franner The 30/70 percent split of the oil tax revenue to the local government versus state may not have turned out to be exactly what oil-patch communities were looking for, but it’s a step – at least – in the right direction. The North Dakota State Legislature endorsed…