New requirements mean new look coming to Bakken well sites

By The Bakken Magazine Staff | September 16, 2016

Starting in October, well sites in North Dakota may look different. Under a requirement adopted by the North Dakota Industrial Commission, well and facility sites will now feature a six-inch berm around new and existing facilities. Through the new requirement, operators will now have to have berms around an entire site and dikes around tanks.

The goal of the new requirement is to help better prevent spills from leaving a site. According to state data collected by the North Dakota Oil and Gas Division, there has been a decline in the percentage of spills contained to well pads since 2013.

The new requirement will affect roughly 4,000 sites, according to the North Dakota Department of Mineral Resources. The cost to construct most new berms will be roughly $3,500. The rules will also require oil tanks and equipment to be resistant to produced fluids.