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Gov. Doug Burgum, center, leads his first North Dakota Industrial Commission meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017, with Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring, second from left, and Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, right. Amy Dalrymple/Forum News Service

Burgum Is Right to Prioritize Good Data in Oil Industry Regulation

Burgum Is Right to Prioritize Good Data in Oil Industry Regulation

State Rep. Roscoe Streyle has introduced legislation to limit reporting of oil spills (it’s HB1151). Currently all spills of any amount are reported. His bill would prohibit the reporting of spills of oil or produced water that are 10 barrels or less and contained on site. Streyle told me in an interview that most of

Pump jacks are seen at the Lukoil company owned Imilorskoye oil field, as the sun sets, outside the West Siberian city of Kogalym, Russia, January 25, 2016. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

Maybe the Solution for Oil Industry Spill Reporting Is Categories

North Dakota has a problem with the way it reports oil industry spills. Lots and lots of tiny, contained spills are documented by the state and the inclusion of that data in statistical analysis can lead to a false impression about the environmental impacts of oil and gas development in our state. When the public

Wade Moser, center, chairman of the Outdoor Heritage Fund advisory committee, outlines fund grant applications at a meeting of the North Dakota State Industrial Commission on Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016, in Bismarck. Seated are, from left, Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring and Governor Jack Dalrymple. TOM STROMME, Tribune

Legislation Would Let Lawmakers Void Expensive Oil and Gas Regulations

At one point last year the North Dakota Industrial Commission (the executive branch triumvirate which regulates oil and gas activity in our state) passed a raft of new rules for the state’s oil and gas industry among them a new requirement for a six inch berm around well sites to help contain spills there. The new six inch

Crews work at an oil well site near Williston, on Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016. Amy Dalrymple/Forum News Service

Audio: Lawmaker Says His Bill Would Have Stopped Reporting of Most 2016 Oil Industry Spills

Last week I wrote about HB1151, introduced by state Rep. Roscoe Streyle, a Republican from Minot. The legislation is pretty simple. It would limit the number of oil industry fluid spills reported in the State of North Dakota. Here’s the specific text (I put the full text of the bill in my original post): The

Oil tanker cars move through Casselton, N.D., in this Forum file photo

Congrats #NoDAPL: Thanks to Dakota Access Delays More Oil to Be Shipped by Train

“You can’t drink oil, keep it in the soil.” That’s been one of the chants used most often by #NoDAPL protesters, and it undermines the idea that the protesters are just out to protect the Standing Rock Sioux tribe’s water. A faction of the protesters, if not all of them, don’t merely want a safer

“The Pioneer Family” stands in front of the North Dakota State Capitol on July 14, 2016, in Bismarck. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

Has North Dakota Stopped the Bleeding on Tax Revenues?

When the most recent oil and gas activity report came out from the Department of Mineral Resources earlier this month I noted that, while overall oil production had fallen below 1 million barrels per day for the first time in 28 months, drilling activity has actually been increasing by small amounts in recent months. Why

An oil pumping station in western North Dakota is seen in this 2010 file photo. John M. Steiner / Forum News Service

North Dakota Oil Production Falls, but Drilling Activity Seems to Have Stabilized

The latest report on oil and gas activity in the State of North Dakota is out from the Department of Mineral Resources. You can read the entire “director’s cut”, as well as past reports, right here. Not surprisingly, the report details a continued drop in North Dakota’s oil output. For the first time in 28

Stacked rigs are seen along with other idled oil drilling equipment at a depot in Dickinson, North Dakota June 26, 2015. REUTERS/Andrew Cullen

Not Rock Bottom Yet: North Dakota’s August Revenues Come in $9 Million Under Forecast

Revenue forecasting in North Dakota has been a train wreck over the last several years. During the peak of the oil boom years revenue forecasts understated revenue by billions. Now that the oil boom is over, the forecasters have understated revenues by billions. For a state that budgets based on revenue forecasts, this is an


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