Army Corps Ordered To Provide Shut Down Options

Federal Judge James Boasberg, who originally ordered Dakota Access Pipeline to empty all the oil while a 13-month environmental analysis is being made, now wants the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to detail options by the end of the month for resolving the loss of a permit. The environmental permit was originally granted to allow…

Pay Hike For Helms

Lynn Helms, director of the ND Dept. of Mineral Resources—the state regulatory agency over the oil and gas industry—was given a 3.5 % pay raise by the ND Industrial Commission, elevating his annual salary from $233,935 to $242,112. The commission took the action at its July 29 meeting and gave pay hikes also to other…

Hess Midstream Sees 25% Growth And New Acquisitions

Riding off a second quarter net income of $107.9 million, Hess Midstream Partners is forecasting a 25% growth next year and disclosed it is looking for bolt-on acquisitions in the Bakken and possible purchase of existing infrastructure in the Gulf of Mexico. “We’re looking for opportunities to strengthen our footprint through bolt-on acquisitions and kind…

ND Diesel Refining Slows as Crude Production Drops

As North Dakota crude oil production took a sharp nose dive in April because of voluntary cutbacks by producers, the two refineries also took a hit, declining 2% over February, in the production of diesel fuel. “With the refined products demand destruction in March/April/May, most, if not all, Midwest refineries were cutting back runs,” said…