Amy Dalrymple / Bismarck Tribune
BISMARCK—North Dakota's Tribal Taxation Committee concluded its work on Wednesday, advancing proposals for developing tribal tax agreements but with no recommendations for resolving a dispute over oil tax revenue. The interim committee, led by Gov. Doug Burgum, discussed two legislative proposals that would give the governor authority to enter into agreements with individual tribes to administer sales and use taxes as well as wholesale taxes on alcohol and tobacco.
BISMARCK—U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry toured North Dakota coal facilities Monday, Aug. 14, and applauded the state for its role in advancing America's energy security. "This renaissance of the energy industry in America, North Dakota is right at the tip of the spear," Perry said following a roundtable discussion with energy industry leaders. "You all are playing a very, very important role in a resurgence of America on the global stage."
BISMARCK—A Bakken oil company is reiterating its policies on spill reporting after discovering last week that former employees failed to report five spills in northwest North Dakota dating back to October. Management of Zavanna recently learned about three spills that occurred at the same saltwater disposal well last year and two spills that occurred at different sites in January, said Cody Duran, vice president of operations.
BISMARCK—North Dakota oil production held steady in January despite harsh winter weather, producing an average of more than 1.17 million barrels per day. The drop of about 7,000 barrels a day since December was significantly less than regulators expected in January, a month that had extreme winds, subzero temperatures and power outages in the Bakken. "We really expected a much bigger production drop than we saw," Director of Mineral Resources Lynn Helms said Tuesday as his agency released the preliminary numbers.
BISMARCK—A company that illegally dumped oilfield waste in western North Dakota in 2014 has paid the state more than $950,000 in fines after the state Supreme Court affirmed the fine last month. Black Hills Trucking paid $951,526 to the North Dakota Industrial Commission last week, said Alison Ritter, spokeswoman for the Department of Mineral Resources. It's the largest fine collected to date by the North Dakota Industrial Commission, Ritter said.
BISMARCK -- North Dakota oil production increased 1.4 percent in July to an average of nearly 1.05 million barrels per day, the Department of Mineral Resources said Friday. The state has 56 drilling rigs operating, compared with 34 at this time last year and 71 at this time two years ago. North Dakota had 13,981 producing oil and gas wells in July, a new record for the state.