Logistics

April 12, 2017

Naval War College considers impact of U.S. shale oil exports

BY Patrick C. Miller Increasing exports of American shale oil means the U.S. Navy must be prepared to protect waterborne transport between key production and consuming regions, according to Sarah Emerson, president of Energy Security Analysis Inc. READ MORE

March 24, 2017

In Depth: The State of Shale

BY Luke GeiverAfter years of historic growth, followed by two years of downturn, the North American shale energy industry is on the brink of a new, unprecedented era. READ MORE

March 23, 2017

In Depth: Preparing For Round 2: Lessons Learned From A Midstream Service

BY Staff Goodnight Midstream found success during pre-low-oil years. Now, the water gathering and disposal firm believes it knows how to thrive again while expanding into new basins. READ MORE

March 22, 2017

With frack sand demand rising, Mammoth acquires Wisc. mine

BY Luke GeiverMammoth Energy Services Inc. has solidified its frack sand supply needs. The Oklahoma City-based energy services provider that serves the Marcellus, Utica and more recently the SCOOP/STACK, has purchased a facility to use all of its sand. READ MORE

March 22, 2017

Phillips 66 eyes West Texas Permian for new crude pipeline

BY Luke GeiverBy the second half of 2018, Phillips 66's Rodeo Project could be in full swing. The refining and logistics giant announced plans this week for a West Texas crude oil pipeline system it hopes to build in the Delaware Basin of the Permian. READ MORE

March 21, 2017

Mobile proppant system service issuing IPO

BY Luke GeiverFrack sand supplier Solaris Oilfield Infrastructure is filing an initial public offering valued at $100 million. After forming in 2014, the Texas-based company has grown its frack sand mobile supply fleet and can no longer keep up with demand. READ MORE

March 01, 2017

Western Refining negotiating with Permian producers

BY Luke GeiverThe prospect of increased oil production in the Permian and Williston Basin has Texas-based Western Refining Logistics both excited and in planning mode. READ MORE

February 28, 2017

Hi-Crush CEO: we’ve been sold out of sand since January

BY Luke GeiverSince mid-January, Hi-Crush Partners LP has been sold out of every grain and every grade of frack sand it sells. The CEO of Hi-Crush said his team is seeing a major increase in demand from customers and they are looking to restart sand mines. READ MORE

February 15, 2017

Mammoth adding frack spreads, restarting sand mine due to demand

BY Luke GeiverCustomer demand has inspired Mammoth Energy Services, an Oklahoma-based oil and gas industry service firm, to order more pressure pumping equipment and start-up a Wisconsin frack sand mining site sooner than planned. READ MORE

February 08, 2017

New shale energy magazine launches this week

BY North American Shale Magazine Staff Formerly The Bakken magazine, North American Shale magazine focuses on all shale play developments and activity and brings the first-ever shale only focus to the entire shale energy industry. READ MORE

February 08, 2017

Increased oil and gas activity boosts jobs in the Bakken

BY Patrick C. Miller The Bakken boom hasn't returned, but increased oil and gas activity is creating a demand for frack crews, roustabouts and truck drivers in the Williston Job Service North Dakota office. This time, the town is better prepared to handle more workers. READ MORE

February 07, 2017

Understanding Rising Service Costs

BY Staff Breakeven costs for E&Ps operating in the major U.S. shale plays share similar variables no matter the price of oil or gas, especially services costs, which could or will have a major impact on activity ramp-up. READ MORE

January 25, 2017

Permian Basin midstream assets become hot purchase item

BY Luke GeiverAcreage blocks in the Permian Basin aren't the only hot asset drawing a major investment. Midstream asset operators and infrastructure firms are now looking to acquire gathering infrastructure as seen by multiple billion dollar deals this month. READ MORE

January 17, 2017

Helms: North Dakota snowed under by new federal regulations

BY Patrick C. Miller Winter weather will likely cause North Dakota's oil production to fall below 1 million barrels per day in the coming months, but DMR director Lynn Helms is also concerned about the blizzard of federal regulations hitting the oil and gas industry. READ MORE

December 28, 2016

Bakken fracking expert sees reason for optimism in 2017

BY Patrick C. Miller Completion consultant Monte Besler, owner of FRACN8R Consulting LLC in Williston, ND, believes that 2017 will be a much better year for North Dakota's oil and gas industry. Bakken producers are preparing for more drilling in the coming year. READ MORE

December 07, 2016

National pipeline group: new regulations put ND at front of pack

BY Luke GeiverNorth Dakota may now be considered a leader in the operation and regulation of oil and produced water gathering pipelines thanks to newly approved rules, according to Kevin Pranis, marketing manager for LIUNA. READ MORE

December 06, 2016

In midst of Texas, NM expansion, SWD firm adds two Bakken wells

BY Luke GeiverAfter changing its name and receiving $80 million in capital earlier this year, Goodnight Midstream has added two new wastewater disposal wells to its North Dakota portfolio during its move to expand into Texas and New Mexico. READ MORE

November 30, 2016

Proppant storage manufacturer gearing up for 2017 growth

BY Luke GeiverA mobile proppant distribution system manufacturer is tripling its manufacturing rate to meet customer demand. Solaris Oilfield Infrastructure, a Houston-based entity formed in 2014, believes per well proppant increases will continue to happen. READ MORE

November 22, 2016

Whiting, WBI sell Bakken gas assets to Tesoro for $700 million

BY Luke GeiverTesoro Logistics LP has purchased 650 miles of gathering pipeline and two natural gas processing facilities in North Dakota's Bakken shale play for $700 million from a producer and an energy services and midstream firm. READ MORE

October 25, 2016

Sanjel’s remaining frack sand assets sold to Denver company

BY Luke GeiverDenver-based OmniTRAX Logistics Services LLC, a transloading and terminal management company, has purchased the assets of Terracor Group, the frack sand logistics company owned by Sanjel Corp. READ MORE

October 12, 2016

ND receives federal hazardous materials safety funds

BY Patrick C. Miller North Dakota is among the states that will receive funding from the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) for training and planning in response to emergencies involving hazardous materials. READ MORE

October 05, 2016

Unions, industry respond to Dakota Access Pipeline delay

BY Patrick C. Miller A federal appeals court today heard arguments on whether the Dakota Access Pipeline should proceed or be stopped. Labor unions and industry representatives called on the Obama administration to allow the project to continue. READ MORE

September 27, 2016

Bakken-linked pipeline developer invests $760 million in Permian

BY Luke GeiverSunoco Logistics Partners L.P. will spend $760 million to acquire a crude oil gathering and transport system located in the Permian Basin. Sunoco Logistics is connected to DAPL developer Energy Transfer Partners. READ MORE

August 24, 2016

Ness: Protests are really impeding progress and safety

BY Ron Ness North Dakotans asked for better infrastructure and a majority of North Dakotans support this vital project. After two years of vetting and environmental reviews, it also has the approval of four states, the federal government, andland owners. READ MORE

August 17, 2016

With $80 million of new capital, Bakken fluids firm will expand

BY Luke GeiverDallas-based private equity firm Tailwater Capital LLC has infused $80 million into a Bakken fluids management firm. Goodnight Midstream (formerly 1804 Operating) will use the new capital to grow its Bakken footprint and expand into other plays. READ MORE

August 10, 2016

Alphabet Energy bringing new technology to the Bakken

BY Patrick C. Miller Is the Power Generating Combustor the answer to remote power generation, gas flaring and VOC emission issues in the Bakken? Matt Scullin, Alphabet Energy CEO, will soon be demonstrating the technology in the Williston Basin. READ MORE

July 27, 2016

Canadian railways to phase out DOT-111 tank cars by November

BY Luke GeiverTransport Canada's Minister of Transportation has announced that DOT-111 tank cars used to transport flammable liquids will be phased out ahead of schedule. READ MORE

July 20, 2016

Halliburton CEO: customers again talking growth, not survival

BY Luke GeiverDave Lesar, CEO of Halliburton, believes there is now a sentiment within the North American oil and gas industry that trumps oil prices. Oil and gas companies, he said, are thinking about growing again and not merely surviving. READ MORE

July 20, 2016

Frack sand suppliers see challenges, opportunities in US market

BY Luke GeiverFrack sand supplier activity and publicly shared sentiment reveals that there are both challenges and opportunities in the current North American oil and gas industry market. READ MORE

July 20, 2016

PHMSA proposes new rules for high-hazard, flammable trains

BY Patrick C. Miller The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration is proposing new regulations for high-hazard flammable trains hauling crude that it says will improve readiness and communications in the event of an oil spill. READ MORE