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  • North Dakota Petroleum Council - Industry News
    Easement Resources Posted 11 18 14 Tue Bismarck N D The North Dakota Petroleum Council NDPC has launched an Easement Information Center which includes informational resources for both landowners and land agents involved in securing pipeline easements The Easement Information Center is the product of the ROW Task Force which consisted of industry representatives regulatory representatives and landowners as represented by the Northwest Landowners Association and Dunn County Landowners Association Pipelines remain the key to solving many of the challenges we have in western North Dakota including flaring traffic and dust said Ron Ness president of the NDPC The issues associated with specific easements are difficult to understand and comprehend however so we wanted to make these resources available so both landowners and land agents could work toward a stronger understanding and build stronger relationships to help get this critical infrastructure built A Land Agent Code of Conduct and list of company contacts are among the six resources available to landowners and industry land agents to help build better relationships and work toward building critical pipeline infrastructure said the North Dakota Petroleum Council NDPC As we ve worked to build this expansive infrastructure in a very short time landowners have become understandably fatigued Often this stems from working with several contractors and sometimes different land agents We want to ensure lines of communication remain open between landowners and land agents and these resources are a step in that direction said Ness In addition to the resources listed on the Easement Information Center is a Pipeline Incident Report Center The center was created by the North Dakota Department of Mineral Resources DMR as a result of suggestions from the NDPC Flaring Task Force The center allows landowners to report any incidences regarding pipelines to DMR for resolution The Easement Information Center

    Original URL path: http://www.ndoil.org/news/industry_news/news-release-right-of-way-task-force-releases-pipeline-easement-resources/ (2016-05-01)
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  • North Dakota Petroleum Council - Industry News
    Pearce NDPC Chairman and the 2011 NDPC Hall of Fame inductee As a leader in both the Council and the industry Rick s knowledge and experience has contributed greatly to the state reaching 1 million barrels of production per day and becoming the economic and energy powerhouse that it is today He has served as chairman of the NDPC and spent 12 years on the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee He has led the organization on many fronts including leading us through several contentious legislative sessions and led the Hydraulic Fracturing Technology Task Force that developed cutting edge recommendations to the ND Industrial Commission to reduce blowouts during the fracking and flow back process no incidents have occurred since the state adopted these technical policy changes Rick Ross has been the key mover in our North Dakota operations since our discovery well He is the best at what he does said Jim Volker chairman president and CEO of Whiting Petroleum In addition Rick and his team have been great contributors to our communities and industry organizations in North Dakota Ross a native of Rapid City S D joined Whiting Petroleum in March 1999 as a senior petroleum engineer and became operations manager in January 2000 vice president of operations in Denver in May 2007 and senior vice president operations in June of this year Ross has thirty two years of oil and gas experience including staff and management positions in his 18 years with Amoco involving the Rocky Mountains Mid Continent and Gulf Coast areas He has served as chairman and on the executive board of the North Dakota Petroleum Council and as an Area Vice President with the Western Energy Alliance He is a graduate of the South Dakota School of Mines graduated from the UVA Darden

    Original URL path: http://www.ndoil.org/news/industry_news/news-release-rick-ross-inducted-into-ndpc-hall-of-fame/ (2016-05-01)
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  • North Dakota Petroleum Council - Industry News
    Service Award is awarded each year to public servants who go above and beyond the call of duty to make our state a better place to live and work The recipients of this award are selected for their excellence in public service and for their efforts to improve the business climate in the state while ensuring that all parties are treated fairly and rules and policies are followed In addition to his many years of service as a county commissioner Dave served as the Debing Township supervisor for 12 years and served on the North Dakota Land Department Energy Impact Office Advisory Board North Dakota County Commissioners Board of Directors and 9 years on the Stanley School Board Mike served as the mayor of Stanley from 2006 to 2014 Prior to becoming mayor Mike served on the Stanley City Council and on numerous boards and civic organizations He is 29 year veteran of the Stanley Volunteer Fire Department and past chief and is a life member of the North Dakota Firemen s Association Both Dave and Mike are well deserving of this award for their roles in leading their communities and county during a time of tremendous growth and change said NDPC president Ron Ness These brothers have no doubt experienced both positives and frustrations during this time but they have both had one goal in mind throughout their years of service making sure the county and community will be better places to live as we transition from the boom phase to the development phase They exemplify the type of leaders North Dakota must continue to find as our state grows and prospers and faces new challenges Dave retired from the County Commission earlier this year and moved to Fargo N D with his wife of 36 years Virginia to

    Original URL path: http://www.ndoil.org/news/industry_news/dave-hynek-and-mike-hynek-recognized-for-outstanding-service/ (2016-05-01)
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  • North Dakota Petroleum Council - Industry News
    Outstanding Service Award is presented to one industry representative who goes above and beyond the call of duty to help the North Dakota petroleum industry educate the public and support the NDPC s community outreach efforts through the North Dakota Oil Can program and other association and industry activities Cliff is always one the first people to volunteer to help at events and support our educational and outreach efforts said NDPC president Ron Ness The success of our Oil Can events is thanks to people like Cliff who dedicate their time and energy to helping the industry build relationships with our communities Binks has been instrumental in helping with the NDPC Teacher Education Seminars and Tours for the past 15 years and has recently helped with the Oil Can Empower Kids Futures program at the Williston Basin Petroleum Conference Both programs are important in educating teachers and students about oil and gas and the career opportunities available in the growing energy industries Binks originally from Casper Wyo has worked in the oil fields for 40 years in both Wyoming and in North Dakota He moved to the state in 1986 when North Dakota oil pioneer Tude Gorder recognized his talent and kept him in Williston Binks also worked for GO Wireline Gearhart Owens and Halliburton before joining Well Pro six years ago as a salesman In addition to his years as a valued employee in the industry Binks has given his time to industry organizations He served on the Williston American Petroleum Institute API chapter board for many years including five years as chairman He also served as board member of the North Dakota Petroleum Council Binks and his wife Susann have two grown children Laura and Matt Cliff recently retired and now resides in Ft Collins Colo The Outstanding

    Original URL path: http://www.ndoil.org/news/industry_news/news-release-cliff-binks-recognized-for-outstanding-service/ (2016-05-01)
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  • North Dakota Petroleum Council - Industry News
    gas impacted communities and counties get a start on many of their projects right away this spring but this will only be a small first step in ensuring they get the funding they need going forward said NDPC Board of Directors Chairman Perry Pearce The NDPC will also make adjustments to the oil tax distribution formula a top priority this legislative session A change in the formula is needed to provide western counties adequate long term resources to improve infrastructure and housing needed to support their growing communities Returning more of the oil tax revenues back to the communities is critical over the next few years as employees make decisions on whether to make these communities their home said Pearce New infrastructure will vastly improve the quality of life in western North Dakota and benefit the entire state as communities catch up and continue their contribution to a growing diversified statewide economy The NDPC cited the following reasons for the need for increased funding for oil and gas producing counties Recruitment and retention of workers both for the oil industry and other sectors Without adequate affordable housing attracting workers is getting more difficult as the demand grows and job opportunities elsewhere in the country improve Protection of the revenue stream Oil tax revenues comprised 50 percent of North Dakota s total tax collections in 2013 Community infrastructure is needed to continue growing the resource and road closures due to weather and inadequate road quality have an immediate impact on production and tax revenues Preventing road closures and well shutdowns Impacts from shutting wells down due to poor road conditions are felt over a longer period of time Many non pumping wells require rig intervention to get them flowing again which ultimately adds more trucks on the roadways A one day

    Original URL path: http://www.ndoil.org/news/industry_news/news-release-ndpc-board-of-directors-passes-resolution-supporting-funding-surge-to-western-counties/ (2016-05-01)
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  • North Dakota Petroleum Council - Industry News
    obtain good high paying jobs and careers said Ron Ness president of the NDPC As development continues and the industry grows however we need more people who can fill these jobs especially as many of the current managers near retirement This scholarship is important in helping students get the education and training they need to become tomorrow s energy leaders The 2014 2015 Al Golden Scholarship recipients are Yonis Ibrahim Aliyow is pursuing a degree in petroleum engineering from the University of North Dakota UND Yonis has been involved with community organizations where he has held leadership positions He says he has a great passion for mathematics and science and that is the reason why he decided to pursue a degree in engineering After graduation he would like to get involved in and positively impact the oil and gas industry in North Dakota Ashley Bohrer is a second year student at Bismarck State College BSC where she is pursuing a degree in chemical engineering The Bismarck native participated on the Mystic s Volleyball team and was a member of the Dean s List for the 2013 Fall Semester Ashley was an intern with the City of Bismarck Engineering Department this summer After obtaining an associate s degree from BSC Ashley plans to attend UND to continue her education After graduation she hopes to find employment in the energy industry in North Dakota Jaffer Deane is a native of Green Bay Wis He first planned to pursue a chemical engineering degree at the University of Minnesota for the downstream petroleum side After hearing and reading about the oil boom in North Dakota and the new petroleum engineering program developed at UND he decided to pursue the opportunity and enrolled at UND He serves as the vice president of the Society of Petroleum Engineers Chapter at UND He served as an intern with the Office of Oil and Natural Gas at the U S Department of Energy in Washington D C this summer Jaffer is a senior this year and says he hopes to be a benefit to this great state upon graduation William Billy Eerdmans is a junior attending UND William is majoring in petroleum engineering and has been elected twice as the Society of Petroleum Engineers president on campus This summer Billy worked as a drilling intern for Continental Resources in Oklahoma City In the future he hopes to gain experience in North Dakota s premiere unconventional oil and gas plays and he is also interested in the infrastructural challenges brought forth by the oil and gas renaissance in North Dakota Matt Jahner is a student in the petroleum production AAS program at BSC and plans to also work toward a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Energy Management After graduation the Dickinson native hopes to work for a major oil company in western North Dakota in the recovery end of the oil production process Kristen Lorenz was born and raised in Fargo N D She graduated from Fargo South

    Original URL path: http://www.ndoil.org/news/industry_news/news-release-north-dakota-petroleum-council-announces-recipients-of-2014-al-golden-scholarships/ (2016-05-01)
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  • North Dakota Petroleum Council - Industry News
    Stresses Safety in Joint Hearing of U S House Subcommittees Posted 9 09 14 Tue WASHINGTON D C North Dakota Petroleum Council NDPC Vice President Kari Cutting will testify before two U S House subcommittees today on the subject of Bakken Petroleum The Substance of Energy Independence In her testimony to the House Subcommittee on Energy and Subcommittee on Oversight Cutting will address the industry s safety record and goals the qualities of Bakken crude the steps taken by the industry to properly classify and ship Bakken crude oil and steps taken to ensure emergency responders are prepared to handle any incidences that may occur Three independent studies have now shown that Bakken crude is similar to other North American light sweet crude oils in gravity vapor pressure flash point and initial boiling point says Cutting According to these studies Bakken crude oil chemical properties attest to its proper classification as a Class 3 flammable liquid This category contains most of the valuable fuels and fuel feed stocks offered for transportation in the United States With the increase of Bakken crude being shipped by rail however Cutting stressed the industry s continued commitment to safely handling and transporting this cargo including its partnership with railroads and local responders to develop a common educational tool to be distributed broadly to fire departments either through web portal or DVDs This information is available for companies to use in continued interaction with EMS personnel The oil and gas industry will also continue development of additional response resources and periodic meetings to keep the lines of communication open to maximize information sharing of the latest data on emergency response for crude and other flammable liquids incidents Hazardous Materials transported by rail arrive safely at their destination 99 997 of the time but all stakeholders

    Original URL path: http://www.ndoil.org/news/industry_news/news-release-north-dakota-oil-and-gas-industry-stresses-safety-in-joint-hearing-of-us-house-subcommittees/ (2016-05-01)
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  • North Dakota Petroleum Council - Industry News
    Independent third party analysis will help ensure public safety and consistent product quality Bismarck N D The North Dakota Petroleum Council NDPC has contracted with the internationally recognized engineering and management consulting firm Turner Mason Company and with an independent commercial laboratory to study the range and variability of Bakken crude oil qualities The NDPC and its members take safety very seriously in all of our operations said Kari Cutting vice president for the NDPC Bakken crude is comparable to other light sweet crudes according to all the information we have to date but we know that some have questioned whether it is somehow different This study will provide a thorough third party analysis to help regulators and industry determine the facts so we can make decisions based on sound science The results of this study will be provided to the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration PHMSA as a complement to the proprietary data that individual companies are already sharing as PHMSA Administrator Cynthia Quarterman told Congress on February 26 Data collected in this study will also be provided to the American Petroleum Institute as part of a collaborative industry effort to develop best practices and industry standards for crude oil testing and classification Turner Mason Company will collect multiple samples from twelve different locations and six rail depots throughout the Williston Basin of North Dakota and Montana over a period of several weeks Progress on the study will be discussed at the Williston Basin Petroleum Conference on May 20 2014 NDPC advocates a comprehensive approach to safety that combines prevention mitigation and response Our industry s commitment to safety prompted our decision three years ago to begin building state of the art rail tank cars that exceed government requirements said Cutting The oil and gas industry s goal

    Original URL path: http://www.ndoil.org/news/industry_news/news-release-north-dakota-petroleum-council-conducting-bakken-quality-assurance-study/ (2016-05-01)
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