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….

Montana Petroleum Association announces new executive director

The Montana Petroleum Association (MPA) announced on January 26, 2016 their new executive director. Former State Senator, Alan Olson has been charged with leading Montana’s oil and gas industry into another busy year.  Olson has extensive, firsthand experience in energy policy, oil and gas operations, and advocating for a business…

NETZSCH announces revolutionary TORNADO® T2 rotary lobe pump

Redesigned to increase reliability, maintenance and performance, while reducing total cost of ownership NETZSCH Pumps North America, LLC, experts in solutions designed specifically for difficult pumping applications, announces its innovative newly redesigned TORNADO® T2 rotary lobe pump. Self-priming and valve-less, the new TORNADO® T2 is a positive displacement pump ideal…

Vepica and BASIC Equipment selected by Meridian Energy to study North Dakota refinery

Engineering studies will explore a high-conversion crude oil refinery to serve Bakken oil producers, local liquid fuels and chemicals markets Vepica, a multinational engineering firm specializing in the energy industry, and Houston-based BASIC Equipment today announced that they have been selected by Irvine, California’s Meridian Energy Group (Meridian) to perform…