Category Archives: Features

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…

The new domestic war: A veteran’s fight for basic human needs

Kenneth “Steve” McQueen spent eight years, one month and 28 days in the Marine Corps, working in mortars tech, avionics, offshore medical services, and even as a game warden on base. He never imagined, however, that following his service he would become one of 49,933 homeless veterans living in the…

Not all that glitters is gold: Black Gold Boom

By Amanda Lefley Photos courtesy of Todd Melby. One of the most famous economic events created from Mother Nature that ensued a ‘boom’ of opportunity and job creation was the California Gold Rush. Dating back to 1848, gold was first discovered in Coloma. In today’s era, another boom is happening….

NETZSCH releases innovative NOTOS™ Multiple Screw Pumps

NETZSCH Pumps North America, LLC, experts in solutions designed specifically for difficult pumping applications, announces the release of its new NOTOS™ line of multiple screw pumps for demanding pumping applications in the oil and gas, marine, power, and general industrial markets. NETZSCH’s Multiple Screw Pumps are designed to handle difficult…

Here comes the boom … again: Tioga to host Enbridge’s Sandpipe Pipeline

By Jillian Mitchell Black gold can change a town forever—even more so when it’s accompanied by the construction of a new pipeline. Tioga, ND, is poised to become a significant pipeline hub by 2017, serving as the start line of Enbridge’s new Sandpiper Pipeline. The $2.6-billion project ($1.3 billion in…

Oil-by-rail: when crisis strikes

Industry stays proactive in the face of derailments By Jillian Mitchell As North American oil production continues to outpace pipeline capacity, shipment by rail is increasingly common. Today, an estimated two-thirds of North Dakota’s crude oil is transported by rail. It’s a big business, with accordingly, big responsibilities. And when…