Category Archives: Features

Oil industry will rebound: It’s time for North America to act like an energy superpower

By Brad Wall, Premier of Saskatchewan The great British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli once observed that there’s no education like adversity. If that’s the case, the oil industry has done a lot of learning during the last few months, and so have governments that rely on the industry for investment,…

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

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

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…

WBI Energy celebrates 30 years of operation

2015 marks significant anniversary It was 1985. Ronald Reagan was president and George H.W. Bush was vice president. A movie called Back to the Future broke box office records and the San Francisco 49ers won Super Bowl XIX. Meanwhile, in North Dakota, a new company within a corporation called MDU…

Western ND catching up after torrid growth rates

By Scott J. Meske, president, Williston Area Chamber of Commerce The City of Williston and western North Dakota has seen exponential growth the past five years due mainly to the harvesting of minerals beneath our prairies that still produce trainloads of grain and crops to feed our nation. In April…