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  • North Dakota Petroleum Council - Industry News
    going to require an incredible number of people Ness said It takes about 74 companies to drill a well Commerce Director Shane Goettle said that the study will help determine what kind of job training to offer through the Center for Excellence at Williston State College and the number of workers they should expect There s no question we need more drivers more welders he said What we know now we know only anecdotally A similar study was carried out in 2006 which projected a need for 3 000 workers a year According to Ness many of the jobs require basic skill levels but he expects that more jobs calling for more specific skills will come on the market along with the main drilling activities It used to be truck driver rig hand real labor intensive he said My sense is that what we may find now may call for a higher skill level The 2006 report identified workforce challenges in the oil and gas industry to include western North Dakota s low population the state s relative lack of younger workers low unemployment rates and high workforce turnover I think that was absolutely critical Ness said It showed policy makers legislators and the university system the need for training programs as well as other community support The new study will survey around 75 oil companies The Petroleum Council and Commerce Department will split its cost which will depend on how long the research takes Ness said He expects it to be complete by the start of the 2011 legislative session Aside from the numbers of workers and types of jobs one vital question is the duration of the jobs Towns in the oil patch especially Williston were stung in the 1980s when oil exploration went bust and the departing workers left behind overextended infrastructure that could not be supported by the decreasing population We got obviously in substantial trouble in the 80s said Williston Mayor Ward Koeser Because of the experience then city government and business have been cautious about investing in infrastructure such as streets sewers schools and services or opening new retail restaurants and lodging if there is uncertainty over whether the jobs that brought the new workers will be around in a few years Koeser hopes that the workforce study can be used to encourage more private investment in the region to provide the housing retail and services for the newcomers He said that he recently met with developers from eastern North Dakota in hope of attracting more investment in town The oil boom has created a severe housing shortage in the oil patch a concern for oil producers workers and communities in the northwest corner of the state People come here and they take a job and the challenge is finding places to live Koeser said The mayor said Williston is starting to catch up on its housing shortage with the expected construction of 600 units this year He hopes that will give the community

    Original URL path: http://www.ndoil.org/news/industry_news/what-north-dakotas-oil-patch-needs-gets-a-look/ (2016-05-01)
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  • North Dakota Petroleum Council - Industry News
    Proposed Posted 6 29 10 Tue By JAMES MacPHERSON Associated Press Writer Bismarck Tribune June 21 2010 A Houston company wants to ship North Dakota oil through a proposed pipeline that would carry Canadian crude to the Gulf of Mexico Quintana Capital Group Ltd said it wants to build a 250 million 300 mile long pipeline system from western North Dakota to eastern Montana where it would meet TransCanada Corp s proposed Keystone XL pipeline Terry Cunha a TransCanada spokesman at the company s headquarters in Calgary Alberta said no agreement has been reached with Quintana or any other company wanting to ship domestic crude in its pipeline There are some discussions taking place Cunha said We re looking at all options being proposed Quintana notified North Dakota regulators earlier this month of its proposal to build a spur to the Canadian company s pipeline state Public Service Commissioner Tony Clark said Quintana wants to start construction in one year and have it completed by early 2013 the company s letter to North Dakota regulators said Quintana s pipeline would initially carry 100 000 barrels of crude from the Watford City area to Montana s Fallon County where it also

    Original URL path: http://www.ndoil.org/news/industry_news/bakken-connector-to-keystone-pipeline-proposed/ (2016-05-01)
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  • North Dakota Petroleum Council - Industry News
    from North Dakota s expanding oil industry the North Dakota Petroleum Council and the North Dakota Department of Commerce are co sponsoring an oil industry workforce needs study The Oil and Natural Gas Workforce Skill Needs Assessment is aimed at identifying projected workforce needs for all sectors of the oil industry The results will then be used to approximate the number of new industry employees needed over the next several years as well as determine areas where infrastructure expansion and development are necessary This information is critical to inform policymakers of where needs exist so they can help identify solutions Our Department of Commerce is working with the Petroleum Council to evaluate and meet workforce needs in the oil patch said North Dakota Gov John Hoeven This is part of our overall planning efforts to meet infrastructure needs in the oil and gas producing counties and build on our Center of Excellence for Petroleum Safety at Williston State College which provides training for nearly 170 companies in the industry Results of the last study which was conducted in 2006 showed that nearly 12 000 new oil and gas industry employees would be needed by 2010 Altogether the industry employed approximately 12 750 people in North Dakota during the 2008 09 fiscal year Ron Ness Petroleum Council President said The oil industry is growing rapidly and we are working to proactively address the variety of issues that arise in the oil patch Expanding activity has put a strain on communities and the industry and made it difficult to keep up with the growth taking place I urge industry members to take the time needed to assist with this and other studies that will help identify solutions Mayor Ward Koeser Williston supports the study and encourages those companies contacted to participate To

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  • North Dakota Petroleum Council - Industry News
    oil by rail Posted 6 24 10 Thu By James MacPherson Associated Press Bismarck Tribune June 24 2010 BISMARCK N D AP A New York based oil and gas company is proposing a 48 million railroad terminal in northwestern North Dakota to ship crude out of state Hess Corp said the so called load out facility near Tioga would be capable of shipping 120 000 barrels of crude daily on two trains each consisting of 100 rail cars and three locomotives Maripat Sexton a Hess spokeswoman in Houston said the company wants to begin construction in July and have it completed in 18 months Sexton said the company has not determined the shipping destination for the North Dakota sweet crude At this point it s a matter of the marketplace she said In its proposal to Tioga officials Hess said crude from the state s oil patch would be shipped by pipeline to the rail facility located on about 400 acres it owns near the city The facility would run 24 hours per day at full capacity with about 20 workers per shift the company said A building permit for the project was approved on Monday City Auditor Jamie Eraas said Tioga city commissioners are slated to decide on a permit for temporary housing at the site on July 6 she said North Dakota s pipeline rail and refining capacity is about 400 000 barrels a day and more than double the volume two years ago said Justin Kringstad director of the North Dakota Pipeline Authority North Dakota surpassed Louisiana last year as the fourth largest oil producing U S state with nearly 80 million barrels of oil Hess was the fifth biggest oil producer in North Dakota last year with about 6 6 million barrels industry records show Hess

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  • North Dakota Petroleum Council - Industry News
    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 Podcast Tapping Experience in the Bakken Posted 6 24 10 Thu You ve no doubt heard or read about the significant amount of exploration and production activity taking place in North Dakota s Bakken Shale oil formation With 350 000 net acres in the play Marathon Oil Corporation considers the Bakken a core part of its Upstream portfolio To provide a better understanding of the Bakken and its complexities Marathon has produced a podcast featuring James Bowzer the Company s Regional Vice President for North America Production Operations who discusses a variety of topics including Marathon s significant investment results and ongoing activity as well as the innovative drilling equipment and technology used to optimize development of this complex play As Bowzer notes on the podcast As an industry we ve been drilling through the Bakken for quite some time and it didn t produce enough oil to be economically productive But drilling technology has improved substantially especially with the application of horizontal wells so our technology has kind

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  • North Dakota Petroleum Council - Industry News
    ProgressZone Pick Up the Patch Easement Information Center Resources Mediation Bakken Gear Documents Al Golden Scholarship 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 US Chemical Safety Board Free Downloadable Safety Video for E P Sites Posted 6 23 10 Wed The Chemical Safety Board CSB in response to the recent surge of accidents at oil and gas production sites across the U S has undertaken a national campaign to teach young people about the dangers of being in close proximity to unsecured sites An educational video titled No Place to Hang Out was produced as part of that effort and chronicles the tragic story of two Mississippi teenagers who were killed in October 2009 in an oil tank explosion Teachers can contact the U S CSB and get a free copy of the video and lesson plan or download it from www csb gov The CSB has produced many safety videos for industry on a variety of topics One recent video Seven Lessons to Prevent Worker Deaths During Hot Work in and

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  • North Dakota Petroleum Council - Industry News
    government and private developers However he said the potential of the region and the national importance of North Dakota s oil play make it necessary for the state and federal government to try to assist as best it can Conrad added that according to estimates activity in western North Dakota has caused Williston s population to have increased more than 20 percent nearly 25 percent in Bowman and possibly 100 percent in Stanley Pomeroy agreed saying this region and North Dakota will be forever changed by the oil play under way He added that it is up to local governments with the assistance of state and federal government to make sure the state prospers in both the short term and long term Williston Mayor Ward Koeser addressed the committee saying despite efforts to provide more housing units the speed in which oil activity has ramped up and workers have shown up has made it impossible to keep up Koeser said in January Job Services had about 475 listings for the Williston area not including hundreds of oil jobs not listed on their site Now less than five months later they estimate that there are about 1 100 job openings said Koeser Conrad asked Koeser about how many homes the city of Williston could fill Koeser replied it s difficult to say but said if we had 1 000 homes they would be filled in about a month He added that if homes were 200 000 or less they could be sold in one or two days Housing above 200 000 is where sales slow down Koeser said Stanley Mayor Mike Hynek also addressed the committee At this time there is no available housing in Stanley We are limited in expansion by our existing infrastructure said Hynek Hynek said Stanley needs

    Original URL path: http://www.ndoil.org/news/industry_news/housing-gets-congressional-attention/ (2016-05-01)
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  • North Dakota Petroleum Council - Industry News
    community I would say public opinion is higher Pelton said as the audience laughed When he talks to people on the street Pelton said they re always asking why can t Highway 85 be a four lane road Conrad and U S Rep Earl Pomeroy D N D heard from local and state representatives on Tuesday during a Senate Budget Committee hearing in Watford City The hearing was titled Infrastructure Investments Promoting Economic Growth and Improving Safety Along the U S 85 Corridor During his testimony Pelton said he acquires surface use agreements for well sites and drives Highway 85 several times a week He notices the increase in traffic due to oil activity as well as the fact much of the traffic is heavy trucks the existing highway system that was built to support small farms moving grain in single axle trucks to market and the station wagon taking the family on a daily outing is being asked to support an industry using tankers and semi trailers with multiple wheels to transport goods he said The Long X Bridge south of Watford City has become a bottleneck to traffic moving heavy equipment to the oil fields and North Dakota officials have issued more than 26 000 overweight or over height permits on roadways in and along Highway 85 in 2009 compared to 10 700 in 2005 The 2010 permit count could be more than 60 000 he said Francis Ziegler director of the North Dakota Department of Transportation said there are already plans to use a Super 2 highway concept for Route 85 between Williston and Watford City More than 60 million will be contracted for improvements to Route 85 including turning lanes and passing lanes to enhance the safety and ability to handle higher traffic volumes he said

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