Category Archives: Features

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…

Preserving our state’s resources

By Jon Godfread, vice president for government affairs, Greater North Dakota Chamber As North Dakotans representing North Dakota businesses, we care deeply about the conservation of our state. With so many of our leading industries dependent upon the state’s abundant natural resources, caring for our “bread & butter” couldn’t be…

When is 30-million barrels really 30 million barrels?

By Chris Faulkner, CEO, Breitling Energy Corporation  2011 wasn’t one of OPEC’s better years.  In June, ministers from the 12-member Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) convened in Vienna for their bi-annual get-together with the proposition of hiking the consortium’s oil production output — at that time running about 28.8…