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  • North Dakota Petroleum Council - Industry News
    Immediate Release April 8 2013 Contact Tessa Sandstrom communications manager 701 557 7744 Bismarck N D The North Dakota Petroleum Council NDPC has hired Habitat Unlimited a habitat development and consulting firm located in Bismarck N D to provide habitat development and professional grant writing assistance to wildlife chapters that wish to apply for grants available through the Outdoor Heritage Fund Hunting and fishing are important traditions for many of us in North Dakota including those who work in the oil and gas industry said Ron Ness president of the NDPC We all agree that these are traditions worth preserving and the Outdoor Heritage Fund which is funded by revenues from oil and gas taxes is a great resource for improving habitats and access to the outdoors now and for future generations North Dakota has hundreds of local wildlife chapters that work hard to organize fundraisers for habitat improvements but like many civic and community organizations they rely solely on volunteers who may not have the time or the expertise to develop projects or meet the requirements needed to receive outside grant dollars Habitat Unlimited will work with chapters to develop habitat projects and offer professional grant writing services that will help them access the Outdoor Heritage Funds Our hope is to provide these grassroots organizations with a resource that can help them better capitalize on the resources available through the Outdoor Heritage Fund and to create projects that will have a meaningful and lasting positive impact for the outdoors said Dave Nehring president of Habitat Unlimited The deadline for the next Outdoor Heritage Fund grant period is August 1 2014 North Dakota grassroots groups and chapters that lack local full time paid staff or resources will be given priority Interested groups should contact Dave Nehring at dnehring bektel com

    Original URL path: http://www.ndoil.org/news/industry_news/news-release-ndpc-hires-consultant-to-assist-outdoor-groups-with-grant-proposals/ (2016-05-01)
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  • North Dakota Petroleum Council - Industry News
    of North Dakota and Montana Analyses by two major nationally recognized and certified laboratories will provide a factual characterization of Bakken crude oil across the entire U S Williston Basin I am not aware of any other sampling and analysis effort of this magnitude having been conducted as part of a comprehensive assessment of an entire oil field stated John Auers of Turner Mason Company one of the contractors hired for the study 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 Kari Cutting vice president of the North Dakota Petroleum Council NDPC and industry representatives met with Cynthia Quarterman Administrator of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration PHMSA last week in Washington D C to provide an update on the study and discuss collaborative efforts to develop best practices and industry standards for crude oil testing and classification We all have the common goal to understand Bakken crude characteristics to answer safety questions for all modes of transportation said Cutting We had a very positive discussion with Administrator Quarterman and her staff We look forward to finalizing the study sharing the data with PHMSA and we are very confident the results from the study will produce some meaningful collaborative discussions Jeff Hume Vice Chairman of Strategic Growth Initiatives for Continental Resources will present the initial findings of the Bakken Crude Characteristics study at the Williston Basin Petroleum Conference on May 20 His presentation is part of a larger crude oil transportation panel that will also include Kip Wills director of PHMSA s Central Region office The final report is expected in June For more information about the presentation and the Williston Basin Petroleum Conference visit www wbpcnd

    Original URL path: http://www.ndoil.org/news/industry_news/news-release-industry-working-with-regulators-on-crude-by-rail-safety/ (2016-05-01)
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  • North Dakota Petroleum Council - Industry News
    and 22 countries have ever produced one million barrels per day Today Alberta and just 19 of those countries continues to meet or exceed that level of production The Bakken has become the 10th oilfield in the world s history to ever reach one million barrels of production per day The oilfields include the Ghawar in Saudi Arabia Burgan in Kuwait Cantarell in Mexico Daqing in China Samotlor in Russia Kirkuk in Iraq Prudhoe Bay in Alaska and the Eagle Ford and Permian in Texas One million barrels per day accounts for approximately 75 percent of our nation s average daily imports from Saudi Arabia Since 2006 when North Dakota s first Bakken well was drilled U S reliance on oil imports has dropped 18 5 percent The Bakken is undisputedly a world class resource that is providing a secure and reliable energy resource for our nation said Ness While many of these oil resources have been producing for decades the Bakken is a modern technology driven field that produces a significant amount of oil through horizontal drilling while reducing impacts on the surface allowing continued use for agriculture community development or wildlife and habitats In addition to befitting our national security one million barrels or production per day also has positive benefits for the state and national economies and job growth said Ness One million barrels is estimated to generate 50 million per day in economic activity and will contribute more than 11 million per day in state taxes at the current oil price for a Bakken sweet crude barrel Once refined one million barrels of oil is enough to fuel more than 48 200 cars with gasoline and over that many vehicles with diesel North Dakota s oil and gas industry has been a boon to the state

    Original URL path: http://www.ndoil.org/news/industry_news/ndpc-one-million-barrels-is-a-remarkable-milestone-for-north-dakota-us-national-security/ (2016-05-01)
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  • North Dakota Petroleum Council - Industry News
    Session a BBQ cook off hosted by oil and gas companies live entertainment and activities for children The Bakken Rocks CookFest was started to bring industry employees and community members together in a fun atmosphere to develop relationships and learn more from one another said Tessa Sandstrom communications manager for the NDPC These have been successful and much anticipated events for five years We continue to see support from communities throughout the Bakken and we re looking forward to hosting these events in Kenmare and Dunn Center this year The Bakken Rocks CookFest is free and open to the public Education sessions and booths will provide information about Bakken geology oil and gas development hydraulic fracturing regulations and more CookFest is part of the North Dakota Oil Can program which was created to open the lines of communication and improve understanding between the petroleum industry of North Dakota and key stakeholder groups July 15 Kenmare CookFest 2 30 4 30 p m Bakken Basics Education Session Central Time Kenmare City Hall 5 3rd Street Northeast Featuring Ron Ness North Dakota Petroleum Council Kathy Neset Neset Consulting Service Justin Kringstad North Dakota Pipeline Authority Lynn Helms North Dakota Department of Mineral Resources 4 7 p m BBQ Education Tables live entertainment from Larry Nelson Danish Mill Square Downtown Kenmare 7 p m Award presentation to Judges Choice and People s Choice Cook Teams More Info A shuttle will be running between the Kenmare High School and Danish Mill Square from 4 7 p m to help with congestion For more information about the teams participating please visit www northdakotaoilcan com events KenmareCookFest July 17 Dunn Center CookFest 2 30 4 30 p m Bakken Basics Education Session Mountain Time Marathon Oil Office 357 Central Ave N 4 7 p m BBQ

    Original URL path: http://www.ndoil.org/news/industry_news/news-release-north-dakota-petroleum-council-to-host-6th-annual-cookfests/ (2016-05-01)
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  • North Dakota Petroleum Council - Industry News
    response to the U S Department of Transportation s DOT proposed rules for the transportation of crude oil ethanol and other flammable materials While we are generally supportive of the new standards proposed by the DOT we are disappointed that the agency has failed to follow sound science that proves Bakken crude is similar to other light sweet crudes In fact the information provided by the DOT and Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration PHMSA in today s report does not support the claim that Bakken crude is more volatile and flammable lacks comparative analysis to other crude oils and is nearly identical to the data provided by the Turner Mason and Company study presented in May We do however welcome the new standards for tank cars rail routing and speeds and other rules proposed by the DOT and the holistic approach taken to ensure the safe transportation of all commodities including ethanol and all crude oils We look forward to continuing our work with the DOT PHMSA and other federal and state agencies in the implementation of any final rules that will improve the prevention mitigation and response of any and all incidences Rail moves 99 997 percent of

    Original URL path: http://www.ndoil.org/news/industry_news/news-release-ndpc-statement-on-dots-proposed-rail-standards-for-crude-by-rail/ (2016-05-01)
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  • North Dakota Petroleum Council - Industry News
    all fall well within specifications and design thresholds to safely transport crude using existing DOT 111 railcars The findings also confirm that Bakken crude has been and continues to be properly classified under current regulations as a Hazard Class 3 Flammable Liquid Packing Group I or II Fifteen well sites and 7 rail loading facilities covering the entire Bakken area were sampled and tested multiple times over a one month period ending in late April The broad slate of tests and the more than 150 samples analyzed make this one of the most comprehensive independent studies of its kind ever conducted in the U S In addition to the main work two smaller studies were completed The first compared the quality of the crude as loaded in North Dakota to the quality at discharge more than 1 500 miles away The data indicated no significant changes in transit The second looked at the effects of seasonality which showed that the vapor pressure stayed within a relatively narrow range despite widely varying seasonal temperatures The study also found that one of the tests DOT requires to determine the packing group for flammable liquids like crude oil is not optimal The limitations of the test required for measuring initial boiling point can result in the same sample of crude being assigned to Packing Group I or II The American Petroleum Institute is currently working to determine improved more precise classification standards for assigning flammable liquid packing groups Since Bakken crude is no more dangerous than other products moved by rail accident prevention efforts focused track maintenance staff training and train speeds will be the key to improving safety said Cutting In addition to using the information to improve current packing and classification standards the NDPC recommends using study results to establish a

    Original URL path: http://www.ndoil.org/news/industry_news/news-release-ndpc-study-shows-bakken-consistency-similarity-to-other-light-sweet-crudes/ (2016-05-01)
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  • North Dakota Petroleum Council - Industry News
    professors a first hand look at the state s two largest energy industries coal and oil Besides touring facilities the professors will also hear from people directly involved in the industries The first day will include a tour of the Milton R Young Station and BNI Coal s Center Mine The second day focuses on the oil industry and will include tours of an operating oil rig near Belfield the Dakota Prairie Refinery under construction near South Heart and a crew camp north of Dickinson Affordable reliable energy is now front and center of policymakers both in the state and the nation s capital said Jason Bohrer president and CEO of the Lignite Energy Council It s important that the people educating our young adults in college have a grasp of the issues and understand their implications in real terms Ron Ness president and CEO of the Petroleum Council echoed those sentiments The oil and gas boom in North Dakota has changed the landscape and the economic opportunities for many of our state s citizens It really doesn t matter if we live on east of the Missouri River or west everyone has somehow been impacted by the tremendous activity in the Bakken The Petroleum Council and the Lignite Energy Council are sponsoring the meals lodging and transportation cost for the professors to attend the Energy Tour The tour will get underway at the Ramada Bismarck Hotel at 7 a m on August 5 and will conclude at the same hotel about 6 p m on August 6 Hosts include Jason Bohrer president and CEO of the Lignite Energy Council and Ron Ness president and CEO of the Petroleum Council Other speakers are Kent Ellis North Dakota s Energy Career Awareness Coordinator Jessica Unruh environmental specialist at the Coteau Properties

    Original URL path: http://www.ndoil.org/news/industry_news/news-release-twenty-college-professors-and-administrators-attending-north-dakota-energy-tour/ (2016-05-01)
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  • North Dakota Petroleum Council - Industry News
    that will help regulators operators shippers and other key stakeholders properly classify and monitor Bakken crude in the future In addition to reinforcing the preliminary findings presented in May the final report also outlined Field Operations Recommended Best Practices to ensure consistent operation of field treating equipment Bakken crude oil quality and testing procedures and shipping classification Some of the best recommended practices include but are not limited to Maintaining all fired treating equipment at a temperature between 90 degrees and 120 degrees Fahrenheit year round to help minimize light end components in crude and create a consistent industry standard to ensure optimal separation of water and gas from the crude oil stream Providing maximum tank settling time possible prior to shipment Reducing stock tank pressure to the lowest pressure possible to maintain vapor collection equipment engineered flare vapor recovery etc operational integrity Testing each unit train loading or tank shipment batch to ensure crude is within the established typical Bakken specifications Classifying all Bakken crude as a Class III Packing Group I hazardous material even if current testing methods would classify a shipment as Packing Group II The study helped establish a baseline for Bakken crude characteristics and by implementing the recommended best practices outlined in the report we will ensure Bakken crude remains consistent to those properties said Kari Cutting vice president of the NDPC Our members have already begun implementing many of those best practices further emphasizing our commitment to safety including in the movement of this valuable resource by rail In addition to outlining recommended best practices and providing in depth analysis of the final results from sampling and testing the final report also compares analysis from other studies on Bakken crude including a study commissioned by the American Fuel Petrochemical Manufacturers AFPM and the U

    Original URL path: http://www.ndoil.org/news/industry_news/news-release-ndpc-releases-final-bakken-crude-characteristics-study/ (2016-05-01)
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