Category Archives: Features

Bakken Development and Working Lands Program

In July 2018, the Bakken Development and Working Lands Program (BDWLP) became available to landowners in the oil-producing counties of North Dakota. The program, administered by the North Dakota Natural Resources Trust (trust) is funded through the North Dakota Outdoor Heritage Fund, and several conservation, city/county, and energy producing partners…

Project to minimize Bakken road restrictions

Anyone who’s driven on gravel roads knows they can turn into a muddy mess when it rains. It’s tough for people who live on those roads, but it’s a real problem for oilfield truckers because weight restrictions are imposed and they’re shut down until conditions improve. The need to protect…

New industry initiative targets methane emissions

By Matthew Todd In addition to its status as one of the nation’s top energy-producing states, North Dakota can claim another important distinction: top reducer of carbon emissions. Based on federal data, reports show “North Dakota outpaced all other states in cutting its carbon intensity despite a five-fold increase in…

Millennial magnet

By Rachel Richter Lordemann, President, Williston Area Chamber of Commerce There is a certain energy in the air around Williston, ND – and it’s not just coming from well sites! Williston is becoming a mecca for young professionals, and the creativity and innovation they are bringing to our community is…

The Bakken is driving the economy and workforce efficiencies

The results are in! In 2017, the petroleum industry’s total economic contribution in North Dakota was $32.6 billion, according to a study done by North Dakota State University, sponsored by the North Dakota Petroleum Council (NDPC). The industry supported 51,400 jobs with a total payroll of $3.8 billion, which accounts…

SD Mines’ Energy Resources Initiative Publishes New Book

“The Fossil Fuel Revolution” RAPID CITY, SD (Aug 29, 2019) — The boom in tight oil and shale gas in the last two decades, fueled by a combination of directional drilling and staged hydraulic fracturing, has revolutionized the energy industry, revitalized reserves once thought depleted, changed the global energy market and raised environmental concerns.  …