Category Archives: Features

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…

The new Hellfighters

NDIC gears up to enforce stringent new gas flaring regulations coming into effect By Rebecca Colnar Gas flaring in the Bakken has been making worldwide news.  Everyone is concerned about it, from industry and mineral owners to environmental groups and politicians. The Ceres Group shows a map of the U.S….

Waiting for Keystone XL means more rail and truck transport of crude

By Chris Faulkner, President and CEO, Breitling Energy Corporation The transport of crude oil by rail and truck, while we wait for the Obama administration to make a decision on the final sections of the Keystone XL pipeline, is undergoing strong scrutiny both in the U.S. and Canada after several small…