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  • North Dakota Petroleum Council - Industry News
    Petroleum Council Bismarck Tribune August 20 2010 The recent documentary Gasland has created a variety of misconceptions recently cited in an August 10 letter to the editor about hydraulic fracturing a process that has been used safely for more than 60 years in more than 1 million wells to produce oil and natural gas which are critical to our nation s energy security The problem with documentaries such as Gasland is that producers don t have to and often don t apply sound journalistic practices Their focus is too often on sensationalized tales and anecdotal information The New York Times critic said that the Gasland producer Josh Fox shows a general preference for vivid images over the more mundane crossing the t s and dotting the i s of investigative journalism Another New York Times writer called it one sided flawed and personal So what are the facts about hydraulic fracturing To start with the process is not exempt from environmental regulations North Dakota and other states are responsible for ensuring the safety of hydraulic fracturing activity within their borders North Dakota Governor John Hoeven and other governors are adamant that states currently do an excellent job of regulating hydraulic fracturing Secondly there are no confirmed cases of groundwater contamination connected to the fracturing operations As a matter of fact there have been EPA studies that have confirmed that there have not been impacts on drinking water aquifers Hydraulic fracturing fluids consist of 99 5 percent water and sand along with other common chemicals Most fracturing in North Dakota occurs at significant depths often up to two miles below the surface This is well below where suitable drinking water can be found Hydraulic fracturing is so important that without it we would lose 45 percent of domestic natural gas production

    Original URL path: http://www.ndoil.org/news/industry_news/letter-to-the-editor-hydraulic-fracing-is-critical/ (2016-05-01)
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  • North Dakota Petroleum Council - Industry News
    to Minot every night He took commercial drivers license training in May through TrainND available through the state college system and got six job offers in one day Gray said he took the training after losing a sales management job in researching for a second career he found a need for a quarter million truck drivers in the country Job Service helped with unemployment in the transition and the 4 100 to pay tuition for CDL training I went from wearing a white shirt and driving a Cadillac to driving a truck I m getting plenty of hours and it s enjoyable Gray said I m making as much or more as I did before Truckers like Gray and other workers will be needed by the hundreds if not the thousands if Hirsch s prediction of tripled demand for workforce is revealed in the ongoing workforce survey Hirsch said Electronic Media of Dickinson has a 46 000 contract to contact 77 major oil field employers and sub service employers and identify projected employee numbers and skills as well as projected housing requirements for those workers Employers are being asked what job training they need for workers now and in emerging energy jobs so that men and women who are presently working in the oil can be retrained for future jobs when oil exploration segues into the more permanent production phase We ve got those workers now but they may be underemployed or working lower wage jobs Hirsch said He s interested in men and women working non oil jobs maybe a couple of part time jobs who can t afford to take time off or pay tuition for TrainND training He s hoping more assistance programs like Job Service s are one outcome of the assessment surveys Hirsch said the employer survey will be more difficult to pull together than the one done in 2006 Companies are the move so it ll be a bigger challenge he said Running the roadsCounty roads in the oil patch are like the canary in the coal mine when they go it doesn t bode well for anybody The state Department of Transportation wants to know how county roads are holding up to the tremendous load and wear and tear from equipment hauls and vehicle travel related to oil drilling and production The Great Plains Transportation Institute of Fargo with 136 000 from the North Dakota Association of Oil and Gas Producing Counties was hired to find the answers Institute researcher Alan Dybing said all 17 counties in the oil patch had until Wednesday to classify their roads for high medium and low impact In addition to the classification maps 15 teams of two people will go out with traffic counters to measure 24 hour traffic type and volume in the five most impacted oil counties The counter teams will head out Aug 9 and two weeks later they ll return with data from 150 county roads Dybing said the maps and counter data

    Original URL path: http://www.ndoil.org/news/industry_news/more-more-more-state-hopes-to-assess-oil-boom-needs/ (2016-05-01)
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  • North Dakota Petroleum Council - Industry News
    to aid Louisiana s Gulf Coast with the Golf for the Gulf Charity Open It s our country it s our ocean it s our time to help FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 2 2010 Westhope ND Laurie Cunnington President of Ward Williston Oil Company announced today that her company will sponsor the Golf for the Gulf Charity Open to raise funds for unemployed oil workers and fishermen in Louisiana The Golf for the Gulf Charity Open will be held on August 11 2010 at the Minot Country Club in Minot ND Ron Ness President of the North Dakota Petroleum Council will serve as Master of Ceremonies Over 50 oil companies operating in the state have been invited to participate in what could be the first event of its kind Among dignitaries invited are North Dakota Governor John Hoeven and Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal We re expecting to raise at least 100 000 said Cunnington There are over 9 000 fellow oil workers and at least 6 400 fishermen unable to work because of the spill and the funds we raise will help them with day to day expenses including business assistance financial aid and legal assistance in filling out their

    Original URL path: http://www.ndoil.org/news/industry_news/ldquogolf-for-the-gulfrdquo-charity-open/ (2016-05-01)
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  • North Dakota Petroleum Council - Industry News
    Jobs Bakken Map Conservation Bakken Crude Properties Members Become a Member Committee Sign Up Oil PAC News Clipping Service Legislative Action Center Buyer s Guide Buyer s Guide Home News Center Industry News Industry News The Oil Can Extra Posted 8 02 10 Mon View The Oil Can Extra a special supplement to the Tioga Tribune published July 21 2010 Articles include See feel and touch The Bakken Page 3

    Original URL path: http://www.ndoil.org/news/industry_news/the-oil-can-extra/ (2016-05-01)
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  • North Dakota Petroleum Council - Industry News
    Committee Sign Up Oil PAC News Clipping Service Legislative Action Center Buyer s Guide Buyer s Guide Home News Center Industry News Industry News Hoeven and Pomeroy comment to EPA regarding hydraulic fracturing study Posted 7 20 10 Tue Governor Hoeven s comments Thank you for this opportunity to once again present my views on the regulation of hydraulic fracturing during your public comment period regarding a planned study of the practice As you know I have made my position on the regulation of fracturing clear on a number of previous occasions including a meeting in Washington D C with officials at your office and also in a telephone conversation you and I had this past spring I believe that the states are best suited to regulate hydraulic fracturing In North Dakota we work hard to make sure hydraulic fracturing is well and properly regulated Read Gov Hoeven s full comments Representative Pomeroy s comments The Deepwater Horizon oil spill is a terrible tragedy I support the efforts currently underway to get to the bottom of what went wrong on that oil rig to ensure that a similar disaster is never allowed to happen again As the House puts together

    Original URL path: http://www.ndoil.org/news/industry_news/hoeven-and-pomeroy-comment-to-epa-regarding-hydraulic-fracturing-study/ (2016-05-01)
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  • North Dakota Petroleum Council - Industry News
    from the Bakken formation in North Dakota and Montana Development of oil reserves from the Bakken formation is possible due to development of sophisticated new technology utilizing multiple stage hydraulic fracturing technology in extended reach horizontally drilled wells This tremendous oil resource for our country is exclusively recoverable through the use of hydraulic fracturing technology Development of this strategic national resource in North Dakota has provided great economic benefit to the State as evidenced by the following North Dakota has moved from the 9th to the 4th largest oil producing state currently producing nearly 300 000 BOPD As one of only two states with a budget surplus last year North Dakota had a 1 billion budget surplus in 2008 and is projecting similar surplus this year The state s unemployment rate is 3 6 compared to the nation s average unemployment rate of more than 9 Job Service North Dakota currently has more than 200 employers with more than 400 oil related employment opportunities The U S Energy Information Administration reported that oil production increased 7 4 in 2009 over 2008 mostly due to increased oil production in North Dakota Oil production in 2009 was the highest level of domestic oil production since 2004 and the first annual increase in oil production since 1991 We ask you to keep the focus of the study to the topics identified by Congress in the study authorization to answer technical questions about hydraulic fracturing We also ask that the study be transparent scientifically credible and that you seek public comment on your methodology and process We support North Dakota Governor John Hoeven and other governors who are adamant that states currently do an excellent job of regulating the industry and should continue to be the primary regulatory body for hydraulic fracturing In fact

    Original URL path: http://www.ndoil.org/news/industry_news/petroleum-councilrsquos-written-comments-to-epa-regarding-hydraulic-fracturing-study/ (2016-05-01)
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  • North Dakota Petroleum Council - Industry News
    of unit train transportation of crude oil from the Williston Basin of North Dakota to the St James Louisiana market center St James is the primary light sweet market center in North America with over 1 million barrels of crude traded each day typically at a significant premium to WTI Cushing Light sweet crude oil produced from the Bakken Formation will be railed from Dakota Petroleum Transport LLC s Dakota loading facility at New Town to the US Development Group s USD terminal in St James Transportation will occur via 80 car unit trains over Canadian Pacific and Union Pacific routes The first 6 months of operation is targeted for a baseload of 10 000 barrels per day capacity or up to 6 unit trains of 52 000 barrels each month In addition to the baseload volumes UET will consider purchase of month to month spot barrels dependent on producer needs and market economics The UET solution has been in the development stage for over a year in anticipation of increasing and sustained shortages in crude oil pipeline export capacity from the Williston Basin UET is the anchor shipper at both the loading site at New Town and the unloading site at St James Dakota s loading facility at New Town is designed for concurrently loading 80 rail cars with on site storage capacity design of 50 000 barrels of crude New Town lies in the heart of the Bakken crude oil play close to significant production from Mountrail McKenzie and Williams Counties minimizing gathering costs to railhead and providing efficient access to the Canadian Pacific mainline The USD terminal in St James is a newly completed state of the art unloading facility capable of unloading 100 car unit trains in less than 24 hours UET the commercial merchant entity

    Original URL path: http://www.ndoil.org/news/industry_news/uet-announces-start-of-unit-train-railing-of-bakken-crude-oil-from-mountrail-county-nd-to-st-james-la/ (2016-05-01)
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  • North Dakota Petroleum Council - Industry News
    July 13 2010 ND Petroleum Council BISMARCK ND Plans are underway for the second annual Bakken Rocks CookFest to be held later this month The two day event will take place from 5 8 p m CDT at the Tioga Farm Festival Building on July 27 and at the Little Shell Amphitheater behind 4 Bears Casino in New Town on July 29 Prior to the BBQ cook off a Bakken Basics general education session will be held from 2 30 4 30 p m CDT where people hear from industry professionals on subjects including Bakken geology how to drill a well transporting pipelines safety regulation and other industry topics This session will be held at the Farm Festival Building in Tioga and in the 4 Bears Casino Mandan Hidatsa and Arikara banquet rooms in New Town In addition to the Bakken Basics session and the industry s best BBQ there will be educational industry booths and local entertainment Industry personnel will also be available to answer questions on operations taking place in western North Dakota CookFest is an opportunity to bring together the people of western North Dakota and those in the oil industry said Ron Ness President of the

    Original URL path: http://www.ndoil.org/news/industry_news/bakken-rocks-cookfest-planned-for-western-nd/ (2016-05-01)
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