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NDGS Geologist Moxness discusses landslides & erosion

Friday, April 12, 2024 at 06:00 pm

Categories: Geological Survey, State of North Dakota

NDGS geologist Levi Moxness recently spoke with KFYR reporter Maiya Fleck and offered his thoughts on the UMary campus landslide issues.


Incident Reported in Winner, Williams County

Friday, February 23, 2024

Categories: Department of Mineral Resources, Oil and Gas Division, State of North Dakota

BISMARCK, N.D. – The North Dakota Oil and Gas Division was notified of produced water release occurring Thursday, February 22 at the KRABSETH 1 well location, about 3 miles from Winner, Williams County, North Dakota.  


Incident Reported in Renville County

Friday, February 23, 2024

Categories: Department of Mineral Resources, Oil and Gas Division, State of North Dakota

BISMARCK, N.D. – The North Dakota Oil and Gas Division was notified of crude oil and produced water release occurring Thursday, February 22 at the ROWE-STATE 1 well location, Sherwood, Renville County, North Dakota.  


Incident Reported in McKenzie County-Watford City

Monday, February 12, 2024

Categories: Department of Mineral Resources, Oil and Gas Division, State of North Dakota

BISMARCK, N.D. – The North Dakota Oil and Gas Division was notified of produced water release occurring Thursday, February 8 at the SMOKEY 16-21 SWD well location, Watford City, McKenzie County, North Dakota.  

 


Incident Reported in McKenzie County

Wednesday, January 31, 2024

Categories: Department of Mineral Resources, Oil and Gas Division, State of North Dakota

BISMARCK, N.D. – The North Dakota Oil and Gas Division was notified of produced water release occurring Tuesday, January 30 at the GALAXY SWD 1 well location, about 6.8 miles from Keene, McKenzie County, North Dakota.  


Incident Reported Tank Leak in Mountrail County

Monday, January 29, 2024

Categories: Department of Mineral Resources, Oil and Gas Division, State of North Dakota

BISMARCK, N.D. – The North Dakota Oil and Gas Division was notified of an oil release occurring Friday, January 26 at the CA S 158-93-21-23-3MBHX well location, about 15 miles from Powers Lake City, Mountrail County, North Dakota.  


Incident Reported in McKenzie County

Thursday, January 25, 2024

Categories: Department of Mineral Resources, Oil and Gas Division, State of North Dakota

BISMARCK, N.D. – The North Dakota Oil and Gas Division was notified of a brine and oil release occurring Wednesday, January 24 at the MOBERG FEDERAL 149-95-29-32-11H well location, about 25 miles east from Watford City, McKenzie County, North Dakota.  


Incident Reported in Dunn County

Wednesday, January 24, 2024

Categories: Department of Mineral Resources, Oil and Gas Division, State of North Dakota

BISMARCK, N.D. – The North Dakota Oil and Gas Division was notified of a release occurring Monday, January 22 at the STATE RANDIE 44-36H well location, SW of Dunn County, North Dakota.  Marathon Oil reported Tuesday, January 23 that 280 barrels of oil were released due to a tank line split. Product was contained on-site and cleanup is underway. At the time of reporting 280 barrels of oil had been recovered.


Incident Reported in McKenzie County

Monday, January 22, 2024

Categories: Department of Mineral Resources, Oil and Gas Division, State of North Dakota

BISMARCK, N.D. – The North Dakota Oil and Gas Division was notified of a release occurring Saturday, January 20 at the Soto 5097 12-3 2B well location, NW of McKenzie County, North Dakota.  Chord Energy reported Saturday, that 500 barrels of oil were released due to an equipment failure/malfunction. Product was contained on-site and cleanup is underway. At the time of reporting 500 barrels of oil had been recovered.


Incident Reported in McKenzie County

Friday, January 19, 2024

Categories: Department of Mineral Resources, Oil and Gas Division, State of North Dakota

BISMARCK, N.D. – The North Dakota Oil and Gas Division was notified of equipment failure occurring, Wednesday, January 17 at McKenzie County, North Dakota. 


Incident Reported in Dunn County

Thursday, January 18, 2024

Categories: Department of Mineral Resources, Oil and Gas Division, State of North Dakota

BISMARCK, N.D. – The North Dakota Oil and Gas Division was notified of an oil spill occurring Tuesday, January 16 at Dunn County, North Dakota. The fluid stayed on location.


Production Water Spill Reported in Mountrail County

Thursday, January 18, 2024

Categories: Department of Mineral Resources, Oil and Gas Division, State of North Dakota

BISMARCK, N.D. – The North Dakota Oil and Gas Division was notified of a spill occurring Sunday, January 14 at Mountrail County, North Dakota. 


Incident Reported in McKenzie County

Thursday, January 18, 2024

Categories: Department of Mineral Resources, Oil and Gas Division, State of North Dakota

BISMARCK, N.D. – The North Dakota Oil and Gas Division was notified of an equipment failure occurring, Tuesday, January 16 at McKenzie County, North Dakota. 


Incident Reported in Mountrail County- Ross SWD

Tuesday, January 16, 2024

Categories: Department of Mineral Resources, Oil and Gas Division, State of North Dakota

BISMARCK, N.D. – The North Dakota Oil and Gas Division was notified of a water injection line leak occurring Thursday, January 11 at the RS-ROSS 65-85 SWD1. All produced water has stayed on pad and within the berm. There is no offsite impact. 


Incident Reported in McKenzie County-Jore

Tuesday, January 16, 2024

Categories: Department of Mineral Resources, Oil and Gas Division, State of North Dakota

BISMARCK, N.D. – The North Dakota Oil and Gas Division was notified of an oil spill occurring Saturday, January 13 at the JORE (FEDERAL) 1-12H well, McKenzie County, North Dakota.  The spill remained within the tank battery containment berm. 


Incident Reported in Watford City-Moberg SWD

Tuesday, January 16, 2024

Categories: Department of Mineral Resources, Oil and Gas Division, State of North Dakota

BISMARCK, N.D. – The North Dakota Oil and Gas Division was notified of an oil spill occurring Saturday, January 13 at Watford City, McKenzie County, North Dakota.  The Brine spill within containment, froze pipe.


Rare Mammoth Specimen Discovered by Coal Miners at Freedom Mine near Beulah, ND

Monday, December 18, 2023 at 03:00 pm

Categories: Geological Survey, Paleo/Fossil, State of North Dakota

Partial mammoth skeleton with complete tusk will be the focus of scientific research and educational outreach 


Incident Reported in Dunn County

Tuesday, October 24, 2023

Categories: Department of Mineral Resources, Oil and Gas Division

Spill Reported in Williams County

Monday, September 11, 2023

Categories: Department of Mineral Resources, Oil and Gas Division

A second zone of critical mineral enrichment discovered in southwestern North Dakota

Tuesday, July 11, 2023

Categories: Department of Mineral Resources, Geological Survey, State of North Dakota

BISMARCK, ND - Three months after announcing their first critical mineral discovery, Lynn Helms, Director of the North Dakota Department of Mineral Resources, and Ed Murphy, North Dakota State Geologist, announce the North Dakota Geological Survey has discovered a second interval of rocks in western North Dakota that contains elevated concentrations of critical minerals, some of which are significantly enriched.

VIEW ADDITIONAL RESOURCES FOR RARE EARTH ELEMENTS AND CRITICAL MINERALS

Ancient subtropical soils may hold the key to critical mineral enrichment in the Williston Basin of North Dakota

Monday, April 24, 2023

Categories: Department of Mineral Resources, Geological Survey, State of North Dakota

BISMARCK, ND - Lynn Helms, Director of the North Dakota Department of Mineral Resources, and Ed Murphy, North Dakota State Geologist, announced that the North Dakota Geological Survey has developed a comprehensive exploration model for lignite coals and organic-rich mudstones enriched in critical minerals.

VIEW ADDITIONAL RESOURCES FOR RARE EARTH ELEMENTS AND CRITICAL MINERALS

Studies underscore oil and gas industry’s significant impact on North Dakota’s economy, communities

Wednesday, March 29, 2023

Categories: Oil and Gas Division

VIEW THIS RELEASE ONLINE:  governor.ND.gov


Spill Reported in Mountrail County

Wednesday, March 29, 2023

Categories: Department of Mineral Resources, Oil and Gas Division

Saltwater Spill Reported in Bottineau County

Wednesday, March 29, 2023

Categories: Department of Mineral Resources, Oil and Gas Division

MEDIA ADVISORY    |     FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE     | Wednesday, March 29, 2023


Spill Reported in Mountrail County

Monday, March 6, 2023 at 11:00 pm

Categories: Oil and Gas Division

KX Conversation - North Dakota Caves

Wednesday, January 11, 2023 at 11:00 pm

Categories: Geological Survey

DMR Years of Service Awards and Recognition

Thursday, December 8, 2022 at 11:00 pm

Categories: Department of Mineral Resources, Oil and Gas Division

IIJA Reclamation Letter Sent to Landowners

Thursday, December 8, 2022 at 11:00 pm

Categories: Department of Mineral Resources, Oil and Gas Division

Letter sent to Landowners regarding confiscated wells located on their property. 


WELLS UNDER CONSIDERATION TO BE RETURNED TO PRIOR OPERATOR

Monday, November 21, 2022 at 11:00 pm

Categories: Department of Mineral Resources

Website Update 6.23.22

Wednesday, June 15, 2022 at 10:00 am

Categories: Department of Mineral Resources, Geological Survey, Oil and Gas Division, Paleo/Fossil

DMR and IT support staff are continuing to work on bringing the DMR website to full strength.

Click here for more.


State of North Dakota Comments on 2021 NSPS Proposal

Monday, January 31, 2022

Categories: Department of Mineral Resources, State of North Dakota

State of North Dakota Comments on Proposed Standards of Performance for New,Reconstructed, and Modified Sources and Emissions Guidelines for Existing Sources: Oil and Natural Gas Sector Climate Review (86 Fed. Reg. 63,110) (November 15, 2021)[EPA–HQ–OAR–2021–0317; FRL–8510–02–OAR]

See Comments


Oil and Gas Division reallocation of CARES Act Funding approved for work in western North Dakota

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Categories: Department of Mineral Resources, Oil and Gas Division

The North Dakota Emergency Commission and North Dakota Legislative Budget Section have approved reallocating 1% of the state’s CARES Act Funding to a grant program which will provide additional short- and long-term economic support statewide from a previously approved Oil and Gas Division orphan well site reclamation program. The $16 million reallocation will move a portion of dollars from the reclamation of orphan well sites to a grant program that will support the employment of frac crews to complete drilled but uncompleted (“DUC”) wells.

See news release


Bakken Restart Task Force established to outline plan forward to strengthen North Dakota's energy future

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Categories: Department of Mineral Resources, Oil and Gas Division

The Department of Mineral Resources has established the Bakken Restart Task Force to facilitate rapid recovery of the oil and gas industry and supporting sectors impacted by COVID-related demand shock.

See news release

North Dakota Oil and Gas Division launches monthly North Dakota Oil and Gas Podcast

Monday, April 13, 2020

Categories: Department of Mineral Resources, Oil and Gas Division

The North Dakota Oil and Gas Division has launched “North Dakota Oil and Gas,” a podcast which includes the Division’s monthly “Director’s Cut” in a easily accessible and modern platform for North Dakota citizens.

See news release

North Dakota DMR to Reinstate Well Waivers

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Categories: Department of Mineral Resources, Oil and Gas Division

The Department of Mineral Resources was directed today by the North Dakota Industrial Commission to immediately reinstate guidelines that promote the prevention of waste of the state’s natural resources of oil and gas during the current economic climate. The Not Completed Well Waiver guidelines allow operators to apply for Not Completed Well Status.

See news release


Department of Mineral Resources releases statement on weekend drop in oil prices

Monday, March 9, 2020

Categories: Department of Mineral Resources, Oil and Gas Division

Director of North Dakota Department of Mineral Resources, Lynn Helms, issued the below statements today following an oil price drop of more than 20% between Friday March 6th and Monday, March 9th. Over the weekend the price of West Texas Intermediate crude oil was down as much as a 34%, one of the largest price drops in decades.

See news release


North Dakota Sets New Production Records in May 2018

Friday, July 13, 2018

Categories: Department of Mineral Resources, Oil and Gas Division

North Dakota has reached new records in both oil and gas production. May preliminary data released by the Oil and Gas Division indicates North Dakota is now producing 1,244,629 barrels of oil per day -an increase of 17,146 barrels from the last record set in December 2014.

See news release


Ordinary High Water Mark Update

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Categories: Department of Mineral Resources, Oil and Gas Division

Funding Continues for Reclamation Projects and Research

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Categories: Department of Mineral Resources, Oil and Gas Division

Governor Doug Burgum last week signed House Bill 1347 into law to continue appropriations from the state’s Abandoned Oil and Gas Well Plugging Site Reclamation Fund (AWPSRF).

 

See news release


Julie LeFever Posthumously Receives Award

Monday, April 3, 2017

Categories: Department of Mineral Resources, Geological Survey, Paleo/Fossil

Former Wilson M. Laird Core and Sample Library manager Julie LeFever was honored Sunday by the American Association of Professional Geologists (AAPG) with the Robert R. Berg Outstanding Research Award. LeFever passed away in December of 2016 after a long illness.

 

See news release


Final Oil and Gas Division Rules Approved

Monday, December 5, 2016

Categories: Department of Mineral Resources, Oil and Gas Division

The final pieces of proposed rule changes regulating the oil and gas industry were today unanimously approved by the Legislature’s Administrative Rules Committee (ARC).

 

See news release


Helms Addresses ND Association of Oil and Gas Producing Counties

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Categories: Department of Mineral Resources, Oil and Gas Division

Director of Mineral Resources, Lynn Helms today addressed the North Dakota Association of Oil and Gas and Coal Producing Counties (NDAOGCPC) and provided his forecast for future growth in western North Dakota.

 

See news release

 


Filter Socks Found in Williston

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Categories: Department of Mineral Resources, Oil and Gas Division

The Department of Mineral Resources, Oil and Gas Division is working with the North Dakota Department of Health and the City of Williston to oversee the proper clean-up and disposal of new and used filter socks found recently within the city of Williston.

 

See news release


Response to Dickinson Press EPA Guidance Story

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Categories: Department of Mineral Resources, Oil and Gas Division

A recent article published by the Dickinson Press incorrectly reported that the North Dakota Department of Mineral Resources, Oil and Gas Division doesn’t follow guidance established by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in its oversight of saltwater disposal wells.

 

See news release


Updated Oil Conditioning Case File Available

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Categories: Department of Mineral Resources, Oil and Gas Division

The additional comment period in case number 23084, concerning transportation safety and marketability of crude oil closed at 5 pm today.

 

See news release


National Fossil Day

Monday, September 29, 2014

Categories: Department of Mineral Resources, Paleo/Fossil

The North Dakota Geological Survey (NDGS) will host National Fossil Day and will be identifying fossils and rocks Wednesday, October 15 from 10 am to 5 pm in the Bismarck Heritage Center.

 

See news release


Oil Conditioning Hearing

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Categories: Department of Mineral Resources, Oil and Gas Division

The Department of Mineral Resources, Oil and Gas Division held a special hearing Tuesday to address the transportation safety and marketability of crude oil.

 

See news release


Helms Briefs Leaders on Oil Activity Forecast

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Categories: Department of Mineral Resources, Oil and Gas Division

Lynn Helms, director of the North Dakota Department of Mineral Resources, today updated County Commissioners, auditors and other state and local officials on his oil activity forecast during his annual address to the North Dakota Association of Oil and Gas Producing Counties (NDAOGPC).

 

See news release


Pipeline Inspector Positions Open

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Categories: Department of Mineral Resources, Oil and Gas Division

The North Dakota Department of Mineral Resources, Oil and Gas Division will dedicate three new positions to the inspection of oil and gas gathering pipelines.

 

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Hearing Set on Oil Conditioning Practices

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Categories: Department of Mineral Resources, Oil and Gas Division

The Oil and Gas Division of the Department of Mineral Resources has scheduled a special hearing to address the transportation safety and marketability of crude oil.

 

See news release


Trucking Company Faces Possible Fines

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Categories: Department of Mineral Resources, Oil and Gas Division

A Wyoming-based trucking company is facing possible fines of more than $1 million for illegally dumping saltwater on a Williams County road.

 

See news release


Permit Stipulations

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Categories: Department of Mineral Resources, Oil and Gas Division

The Oil and Gas Division of the Department of Mineral Resources today announced new permit requirements for oil, gas and saltwater disposal wells.

 

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Hearing set on Gas Flaring Policy

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Categories: Department of Mineral Resources, Oil and Gas Division

The Oil & Gas Division of the Department of Mineral Resources has scheduled a special hearing to address the North Dakota Industrial Commission’s newly-adopted policy on reducing gas flaring.

 

See news release


Administrative Rules Committee Approves Rule Changes

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Categories: Department of Mineral Resources, Oil and Gas Division

The 2013-2014 changes to the Oil & Gas Administrative Code are now final.

 

See news release


North Dakota Geological Survey Announces Fossil Dig Dates

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Categories: Department of Mineral Resources, Geological Survey, Paleo/Fossil

The North Dakota Geological Survey, Paleontology department has announced the locations for their 2014 summer public fossil digs.

 

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Oil and Gas Division Issues Permits in Emmons and McIntosh Counties

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Categories: Department of Mineral Resources, Oil and Gas Division

The North Dakota Oil and Gas Division has issued four drilling permits – two in Emmons County and two in McIntosh County – to Strata-X Energy.

 

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DMR Pleased with USGS Assessment

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Categories: Department of Mineral Resources, Geological Survey

The United States Geological Survey today released the updated assessment of the Bakken and Three Forks Petroleum System. The Department of Mineral Resources was pleased with the results.

 

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New GIS Map Feature

Friday, December 14, 2012

Categories: Department of Mineral Resources, Oil and Gas Division

The North Dakota Department of Mineral Resources has developed a new mapping tool to help community leaders plan for road maintenance, dust control and other traffic-related problems in oil country.

 

See news release


Proposed Rule Changes Now Final

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Categories: Department of Mineral Resources, Oil and Gas Division

The 2012 proposed oil and gas rule changes have now been approved. The final rules were presented to the Administrative Rules Committee this morning, and after no further action by the Committee, the rules will now take effect on April 1st, 2012.

 

See news release


January 2012 Oil Production Increase Stays at 2011 Average

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Categories: Department of Mineral Resources, Oil and Gas Division

North Dakota is now producing 546,000 barrels of oil per day (bopd), according to preliminary data released Tuesday.

 

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North Dakota Surpasses Half a Million Barrels of Oil per Day

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Categories: Department of Mineral Resources, Oil and Gas Division

North Dakota has reached a milestone in oil production. Preliminary November data released today, indicates that North Dakota is now producing more than half a million barrels of oil per day, at approximately 510,000 barrels.

 

See new release


State Best Positioned to Regulate Hydraulic Fracturing

Monday, November 28, 2011

Categories: Department of Mineral Resources, Oil and Gas Division

The Department of Mineral Resources, Oil and Gas Division says there is no reasonable basis to make a prediction on the outcome of a federal review of hydraulic fracturing regulations

 

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