Infrastructure & Construction

July 18, 2017

ND Gov. Doug Burgum inspires, challenges oil and gas industry

BY Patrick C. Miller Addressing the Bakken Conference & Expo in Bismarck, North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum challenged the state's oil and gas industry to increase its production to 2 million barrels per day and develop innovative technologies to prevent oil spills. READ MORE

July 18, 2017

Conference speakers say the Bakken has a lot going for it

BY Patrick C. Miller Speakers during the first day of the 2017 Bakken Conference & Expo in Bismarck discussed oil and gas trends and talked about why, despite the downturn in oil prices, the Williston Basin is still going strong. READ MORE

July 18, 2017

How OPEC tried, but failed, to kill the Bakken

BY Patrick C. Miller Although OPEC tried to put the Bakken out of business and failed, Daniel Fine, associate director of the New Mexico Center for Energy Policy, cautions that U.S. producers focused on short-term results would be wise to study OPEC's history. READ MORE

July 14, 2017

In Depth: Petro Waste Environmental transition between basins

BY Patrick C. MillerPetro Waste Environmental LP was fortunate that when the company launched in 2012 with the goal of providing nonhazardous waste services to shale oil producers in the Eagle Ford, it also had an eye on the Permian Basin's potential. READ MORE

July 14, 2017

In Depth: Studies in Texas Shale

BY Luke GeiverIn a first-of-its-kind report, a group of Texas subject-matter experts has created a complex, considerate and semi-complete assessment on shale energy development in Texas. READ MORE

July 11, 2017

2017 Bakken oil conference begins next week

BY John NelsonThe 3rd Annual Bakken Conference & Expo will begin Monday, July 17th at the Bismarck Events Center in Bismarck, North Dakota. The event is expected to draw several hundred Bakken-focused professionals to the three-day gathering. READ MORE

July 10, 2017

Baker Hughes and GE finalize merger deal

BY Patrick C. Miller A merger transaction combining GE’s oil and gas business with Baker Hughes has created a new company—BHGE—that GE says is the world’s first company bringing together equipment, services and digital solutions across the entire industry. READ MORE

July 05, 2017

DAPL capacity to expand; company files new legal challenge

BY Patrick C. Miller Dakota Access LLC has filed new arguments in federal court looking for proof of political interference in the pipeline project by the Obama administration. American Midstream Partners plans to expand the pipeline's capacity by 40,000 barrels per day. READ MORE

June 27, 2017

Court doesn't stop oil flow through Dakota Access Pipeline

BY Patrick C. Miller Bakken crude will continue to flow through the Dakota Access Pipeline as both sides in the legal dispute file court documents through August. Federal Judge James Boasberg declined to shut down pipeline operations during the ongoing court case. READ MORE

June 27, 2017

New study offers first ever look at shale’s impact in Texas

BY Luke GeiverA group of experts in the fields of medicine, engineering and science believe they've completed the first-of-its-kind study on the impact of shale oil and gas development in Texas. READ MORE

June 27, 2017

Braskem to build $675M petrochem plant in U.S. because of shale

BY Braskem Calling shale gas production and volumes in the U.S. the most attractive feedstock option in the world, Braskem has announced plans to build a $675 million petrochemical production plant 26-miles from Houston. READ MORE

June 27, 2017

Permian refinery developer adds modular refinery specialty firm

BY MMEX Resources MMEX Resources, a development stage company focusing on the acquisition, development and financing of oil, gas, refining and infrastructure projects in Texas and South America, has announced a strategic relationship with VFuels. READ MORE

June 20, 2017

U.S. Silica building frack sand mine, plant to support Permian

BY Patrick C. Miller In response to the growing demand for frack sand in West Texas, U.S. Silica is building a new mine and plant to support expanding oil and gas activity in the Permian and Delaware basins. The $225 million project should be completed by year's end. READ MORE

June 19, 2017

Baker Hughes, GE reach milestone in merger transaction

BY Patrick C. Miller Baker Hughes and GE reached a milestone in their proposed merger when the U.S. Department of Justice approved an agreement allowing the transaction to move forward. The deal is expected to be completed by the middle of the year. READ MORE

June 19, 2017

Hearing will address what happens to DAPL after judge’s ruling

BY Patrick C. Miller A status hearing Wednesday U.S. District Court will determine the next steps in the the fate of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Last week, Judge James Boasberg found the Army Corps of Engineers's assessment of the project lacking in two key areas. READ MORE

June 16, 2017

Drilling in Oklahoma’s STACK expected to increase 46 percent

BY Staff A new study by The Freedonia Group, an industry research firm, forecasts a 46 percent increase over 2016 in the number of drilled in Oklahoma's STACK shale formation. The study identifies several key trends that will contribute to continued growth. READ MORE

June 13, 2017

Bakken's increased production shows industry confidence

BY Patrick C. Miller North Dakota's oil production continued to increase as the state set new records for gas production and the number of producing wells. Lynn Helms, mineral resources department director, said it reflects industry's confidence in the Bakken. READ MORE

June 13, 2017

Canada plans major cuts to methane emissions by 2025

BY Patrick C. Miller Canada’s government plans to implement regulations to reduce oil and gas sector methane emissions 40 to 45 percent by 2025. Intended to fight climate change, the measures are expected to equal taking 5 million cars off the road. READ MORE

June 13, 2017

Through name change, Andeavor takes Tesoro over

BY Luke GeiverStarting in August, Tesoro Corp. and Tesoro Logistics LP will be operating under a new name. The oil refining, marketing and logistics companies are changing their names to Andeavor and Andeavor Logistics LP. READ MORE

June 06, 2017

Report highlights how oil and gas industry benefits communities

BY Patrick C. Miller A new report from the American Petroleum Institute provides information, data and examples of how the U.S. oil and gas industry provides economic benefits to communities while providing energy cleanly and safely. READ MORE

June 06, 2017

Dakota Access Pipeline enters commercial service

BY Patrick C. Miller The Dakota Access Pipeline went into commercial operation June 1, transporting 520,000 barrels of oil per day from North Dakota's Bakken shale play to a hub in Illinois. The target of protests, legal challenges to the pipeline remain unresolved. READ MORE

June 06, 2017

USGS: oil, gas wells not impacting drinking water

BY U.S. Geological Survey A new U.S. Geological Survey study shows that unconventional oil and gas production in some areas of Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas is not currently a significant source of methane or benzene to drinking water wells. READ MORE

May 30, 2017

ND government, industry meet to discuss pipeline safety

BY Patrick C. Miller Regulatory officials and industry representatives met in Bismarck last week at the request of North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum to discuss how best practices and technology can be used to improve pipeline safety in the state. READ MORE

May 30, 2017

ExxonMobil’s commitment to shale gas on display at new facility

BY Luke GeiverExxonMobil Chemical's place in the shale gas industry was strengthened this month following the completion of two new 650,000 ton per year polyethylene lines at its plastics plant in Texas. The plant will use shale gas as feedstock. READ MORE

May 23, 2017

Select Energy Services sees improvement in first quarter 2017

BY Patrick C. Miller Increases in drilling and completions and a key acquisition enabled Texas-based Select Energy Services to improve its revenues for the first quarter of 2017. The company provides water solutions for the U.S. unconventional oil and gas industry. READ MORE

May 23, 2017

Energy Transfer Partners to build Permian Express 3 pipeline

BY Patrick C. Miller Energy Transfer Partners is responding to increased production in the Permian Basin of western Texas by building the Permian Express 3 pipeline from near Midland to Nederland on the Gulf Coast. It's expected to enter service later this year. READ MORE

May 23, 2017

Delaware Basin gains another gas processing facility

BY Luke GeiverDelaware Basin oil and gas producers now have another option for processing their gas following the startup of a cryogenic natural gas processing plant in Lea County, New Mexico. Lucid Energy Group, has started up the facility. READ MORE

May 16, 2017

Senate fails to repeal BLM venting and flaring rule

BY Patrick C. Miller The U.S. Senate's failure to overturn a methane flaring and venting rule implemented by the BLM during the Obama administration drew strong criticism from oil and gas industry organizations. The Trump administration will consider revising the rule. READ MORE

May 16, 2017

Dow looking to Gulf Coast, shale gas in future investments

BY Luke GeiverDow Chemical Co. is further committing to U.S.-produced shale gas. The chemical giant recently announced investment plans for the next five years that include manufacturing expansions on the Gulf Coast and within the shale gas industry. READ MORE

May 09, 2017

Industry should prepare for conflicts with environmental groups

BY Patrick C. Miller Security expert John Poncy says that pipeline companies and the oil and gas industry need to understand the nature of opposition to projects such as the Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipelines. He offers some lessons learned based on his experience. READ MORE