background preloader


Facebook Twitter

HEY NORTH DAKOTA: FACT: Home page for the ND Pipeline Authority. ND Pipeline Authority.


State Water Commission. Fracking boom a jobs boon for North Dakota. Ground zero for America's "shale revolution" in gas and oil production, North Dakota is also the reigning title-holder for lowest unemployment among the 50 states.

Fracking boom a jobs boon for North Dakota

There were more unfilled jobs in September than job applications within the state, where oil field workers can make six-figure salaries and even the fast-food restaurants dangle hiring bonuses of $300 or more. The state has been recruiting specifically from Michigan for workers of all stripes and skill levels — hoping to entice entire families to relocate and grow roots. North Dakota's official 2.8% jobless rate in August is essentially full employment, allowing just about anyone who wants a job to get one. At the same time, Michigan's rate of 7.4% was stuck above the 6.1% national average. (The national rate was 5.9% in September.) To be sure, this latestoil and gas rush in North Dakota has created its own set of problems, including pollution, skyrocketing housing costs in some towns and reports of rising crime and drug use. North Dakota Oil and Gas Research Council. North Dakota recorded 300 oil spills in two years without notifying the public. North Dakota, the nation's No2 oil producer behind Texas, recorded nearly 300 oil pipeline spills in less than two years, state documents show.

North Dakota recorded 300 oil spills in two years without notifying the public

None was reported to the public, officials said. According to records obtained by the Associated Press, the pipeline spills, many of them small, are among some 750 "oil field incidents" that have occurred since January 2012 without public notification. "That's news to us," said Don Morrison, director of the Dakota Resource Council, an environmental-minded landowner group with more than 700 members in North Dakota. Dennis Fewless, director of water quality for the state Health Department, said regulators are reviewing the state's policies for when to publicly report such incidents after a massive spill was discovered last month in northwestern north Dakota by a wheat farmer. State and company officials kept it quiet for 11 days — and only said something after the AP asked about it. "What you don't know, nobody is going to tell you," Kuster said. Environmental Impact: Three Years Later N. Dakota Oil Spill Still Not Cleaned Up.

Environment Get short URL North Dakota sees an average of four oil spills every year.

Environmental Impact: Three Years Later N. Dakota Oil Spill Still Not Cleaned Up

Most recently, the so-called Belle Fourche pipeline ruptured, resulting in some 130,000 gallons of crude oil being spilled into the environment. The leaking crude then traveled almost six miles to nearby Ash Coulee Creek, where a timely winter storm froze the creek, preventing the toxic sludge from reaching the Missouri river. 12.14.16 MDU, DAKOTA ACCESS OPPORTUNITY FOR HEARING. 1, 696 = Total number of incidents reported to Oil & Gas Division (ND) in 2012-2013. North Dakota, this is a problem. "F" grade for transparency? 2017 2019 ND EXECUTIVE BUDGET. North Dakota Profile. North Dakota Quick Facts In 2014, North Dakota was the second largest crude oil-producing state in the nation and accounted for over 12.5% of total U.S. crude oil production; a 251% increase in production from 2010 to 2014 was primarily driven by horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing in the Bakken formation.

North Dakota Profile

North Dakota had 5.5% of the nation’s recoverable coal reserves at producing mines as of 2013; the state’s coal production, which all came from surface mines, accounted for 2.8% of U.S. coal production in 2013. Although North Dakota’s total energy consumption is among the lowest in the nation as a result of its small population, the state’s consumption per capita ranks among the highest, in part because of the energy-intensive industrial sector and high heating demand in winter. In 2014, 75% of North Dakota's net electricity generation came from coal, almost 17.5% came from wind energy, and about 7% came from conventional hydroelectric power sources. Overview Petroleum Coal. Pipeline Publication. ND Pipeline Authority Pipeline Publication Sign up to receive the Pipeline Publication in your email.

Pipeline Publication

Additional Actions Are Needed to Improve Pipeline Safety. What GAO Found Increased oil and gas production presents challenges for transportation infrastructure because some of this increase is in areas with limited transportation linkages.

Additional Actions Are Needed to Improve Pipeline Safety

For example, insufficient pipeline capacity to transport crude oil has resulted in the increased use of rail, truck, and barge to move oil to refineries, according to government and industry studies and publications GAO reviewed. These transportation limitations and related effects could pose environmental risks and have economic implications. For instance, natural gas produced as a byproduct of oil is burned—a process called flaring—by operators due, in part, to insufficient pipelines in production areas.

In a 2012 report, GAO found that flaring poses a risk to air quality as it emits carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas linked to climate change, and other air pollutants. NORTH DAKOTA OFFICIALS, GOVERNMENT. NORTH DAKOTA INDUSTRY INCIDENTS & ACCOUNTABILITY. North Dakota State Environmental Watch Map. Oil and Gas Leasing - Minerals Management. PHMSA: Stakeholder Communications - North Dakota Enforcement Program. Operator compliance with state and federal pipeline safety regulations is monitored through a comprehensive inspection and enforcement program.

PHMSA: Stakeholder Communications - North Dakota Enforcement Program

The program is comprised of field inspections of operations, maintenance, and construction activities; programmatic inspections of operator procedures, processes, and records; incident investigations and corrective actions; and through direct dialogue with operator management. The agency or agencies below work in partnership with the federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) to assure pipeline operators are meeting requirements for safe, reliable, and environmentally sound operation of their facilities. The tables below provide a summary of probable violations discovered and compliance actions taken by the agency(ies) as a result of these activities.

Guidance for the Disclosure of Organizational Conflict Of Interest in the Selection and Use of Third-Party Contractors in Preparation of Environmental Documents by the Department Of State. This Guidance, issued February 26, 2015, replaces the Department’s Interim Guidance for the Disclosure of Organizational Conflict of Interest in the Use of Third-Party Contractors in Preparation of Environmental Documents by the Department of State.

Guidance for the Disclosure of Organizational Conflict Of Interest in the Selection and Use of Third-Party Contractors in Preparation of Environmental Documents by the Department Of State

I. Organizational Conflict of Interest All prospective contractors submitting proposals (Offerors) must submit as part of their proposals an Offeror’s Organizational Conflicts of Interest Disclosure Certification (OCI Disclosure Certification), in which the Offeror specifies, consistent with NEPA regulations, that “they have no financial or other interest in the outcome of the project.”[1] More information on the preparation of that Certification follows in Section II. An Organizational Conflict of Interest (OCI) exists when the nature of the work to be performed may, without some restriction on future activities: a) result in an unfair competitive advantage to a contractor; or c) would be called on to review its own prior work; and/or II. III. PHMSA: ND Fact Sheet. The federal government establishes minimum pipeline safety standards under the U.S.

PHMSA: ND Fact Sheet

Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Title 49 "Transportation", Parts 190 - 199. The Office of Pipeline Safety (OPS), within the U.S. Department of Transportation, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), has overall regulatory responsibility for hazardous liquid and gas pipelines under its jurisdiction in the United States. Nationwide Permit Program. Start Preamble U.S.

Nationwide Permit Program

Army Corps of Engineers, DoD. Final rule. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is amending its nationwide permit regulations so that district engineers can issue nationwide permit verification letters that expire on the same date a nationwide permit expires. Effective Date: February 27, 2013. U.S. Water Quality Standards: Regulations and Resources. PHMSA: State by State Record Search. PHMSA: Enforcement Activity. Pipeline Formal Notice: ND Public Service Commission. National Association of Pipeline Safety Representatives: State Program Managers. Guidance for the Selection and Use Of Third-Party Contractors in Preparation of Environmental Documents by the Department Of State. This Guidance, issued February 26, 2015, outlines the Department of State’s (Department’s) process for using third-party contractors to assist with preparing environmental documents consistent with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and performing related tasks as part of the Department’s review of applications for Presidential Permits received pursuant to Executive Orders 13337 and 11423, as amended.[1] This Guidance replaces the Department’s Interim Guidance for the Use of Third-Party Contractors in Preparation of Environmental Documents by the Department of State.

For purposes of this Guidance, a “third-party contractor” is a contractor selected by and working under the sole direction of the Department, but whose work is funded by the applicant for the Presidential Permit. I. Preparation of a Request for Proposal (RFP) The Department will review, revise, and finalize the RFP. 1. National Register for Land Use Planning (LUP) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) documents. PHMSA - Incident Reporting & Requirements. Whom should I inform if I'm involved in an incident where a release or a suspected release of a hazardous material has taken place in transportation? Hazardous Materials Regulations (49 CFR Parts 171-180) require certain types of hazmat incidents be reported to PHMSA through the Hazardous Materials Incident Report Form DOT F 5800.1 Section 171.15 of the HMR requires an immediate telephonic report (within 12 hours) to the National Response Center following an incident 49 eCFR 171.15 .

You may call the NRC at 1-800-424-8802. Section 171.16 requires a written report for certain types of hazmat incidents within 30 days of the incident, and a follow-up written report within one year of the incident, based on certain circumstances. 49 eCFR 171.16 What is an Incident Report Form? Incident Report Form 5800.1 is a guidance document for preparing incident reports, and tabular summaries of hazardous materials incidents by mode, year, state, hazard class, etc. ENERGY TRANSFER: DAKOTA ACCESS PIPELINE.


ENERGY ND: GOVERNMENT & POLITICS. ND ENERGY: LAWS & LEGISLATION. ND Pipeline Authority. States of the Pipeline Association for Public Awareness. Vision West ND: Regional Plan for Sustainability. ENERGY ND: CRIME. ENERGY ND: HEALTH. 2016 National Association of Pipeline Safety Representatives North Dakota Report. Arkansas Oil Spill Sheds Light On Aging Pipeline System. Oil covers the ground around a slide in Mayflower, Ark., on April 1, days after a pipeline ruptured and spewed oil over lawns and roadways. Jeannie Nuss/AP hide caption toggle caption Jeannie Nuss/AP Oil covers the ground around a slide in Mayflower, Ark., on April 1, days after a pipeline ruptured and spewed oil over lawns and roadways. Amber Bartlett was waiting last Friday for her kids to come home from school. "I mean, just rolling oil. ExxonMobil, the company that runs the pipeline, says it has collected hundreds of thousands of gallons of oil and water from Bartlett's neighborhood.

Spilled crude oil is seen in a drainage ditch near evacuated homes near Starlite Road in Mayflower, Ark., on March 31. Worst Fracking Wastewater Spill in North Dakota Leaks 3 Million Gallons Into River. North Dakota's Top Oil Lobbyist Says He Feels Marginalized and Silenced by #NoDAPL - Blogtown - Portland Mercury. Tesoro’s 2013 North Dakota Oil Spill Clean-Up Lingering into New Year. The clean-up by Tesoro Corp. of a nearly 21,000-bbl oil pipeline leak in North Dakota in 2013 will continue into next year, a state health department official said Wednesday. "There is still active remediation ongoing at the site,” which is in the heart of the Bakken Shale about 10-12 miles northeast of Tioga, and Tesoro is “still in the process of cleaning it up," said North Dakota Department of Health’s Bill Suess, spill investigation program manager. Suess said the company had projected completing the clean up this spring, but he expects the project to continue into the fall.

There will be several years of monitoring the site by the company and the state after everything is excavated, treated and backfilled, Suess said, noting that state officials need to assure there continues to be no impact on underground domestic water supplies. Tesoro has spent nearly $50 million to date for a clean-up effort originally estimated at about $61 million, he said. Data on Oil, Gas, Mining Projects Often Incomplete, Missing or Inaccessible. Data on Oil, Gas, Mining Projects Often Incomplete, Missing or Inaccessible. IT'S ABOUT TIME ND: All New crude oil/produced water gathering lines must be inspected by qualified, independent, THIRD-PARTY inspectors. 09.29.15 Pipeline Safety Testimony - Government Accountability Office (GAO) Oil companies in North Dakota dusting off the cobwebs. Equipment failed to detect North Dakota oil leak. BISMARCK, N.D. — Electronic monitoring equipment failed to detect a pipeline rupture that spewed more than 176,000 gallons of crude oil into a North Dakota creek, the pipeline's operator said Monday.

It's not yet clear why the monitoring equipment didn't detect the leak, Wendy Owen, a spokeswoman for Casper, Wyoming-based True Cos., which operates the Belle Fourche Pipeline, said. A landowner discovered the spill near Belfield on Dec. 5, according to Bill Suess, an environmental scientist with the North Dakota Health Department. Suess said the spill migrated about almost 6 miles from the spill site along Ash Coulee Creek, and it fouled an unknown amount of private and U.S. Forest Service land along the waterway. The creek feeds into the Little Missouri River, but Seuss said it appears no oil got that far and that no drinking water sources were threatened. Feds Order Correction to Plan to North Dakota Pipeline Owner.

North Dakota Field Production of Crude Oil (Thousand Barrels) A Mysterious Patch Of Light Shows Up In The North Dakota Dark : Krulwich Wonders... This is odd. Take a look at this map of America at night. As you'd expect, the cities are ablaze, the Great Lakes and the oceans dark, but if you look at the center, where the Eastern lights give way to the empty Western plains, there's a mysterious clump of light there that makes me wonder.

12.09.14 PROJECT DEVELOPMENT, ND Dept of Mineral Resources/Gas & Oil Division. 10.31.13 PHMSA Safety Order to Tesoro Pipeline Co. Midwest oil-by-rail shipments down as North Dakota oil production drops. LAST CHANCE: Today is the last day to take the Midwest Energy News reader survey. Thanks to everyone who’s provided feedback so far! SOLAR: • A new report challenges the assumption that large-scale solar installations are the most economical. (Midwest Energy News)• Tesla says it will work with electronics company Panasonic Corp. on building solar cells and modules. Air Force Testing Dangerous Drone Lasers Above North Dakota. Two More 'Bomb Train' Explosions Should Be 'Wake-Up Call to Politicians to Stop These Dangerous Oil Trains'

Within the last several days, two trains carrying volatile crude oil derailed and caught on fire. These accidents highlight the danger of government foot-dragging over train safety and show that towns seeking to ban these trains coming through their area aren’t just being contentious and “anti-business.” Yesterday a 109-car train carrying fracked oil from the Bakken shale formation in North Dakota derailed in Fayette County, West Virginia, with several cars catching on fire and at least one plunging into the Kanawha River.

A house was consumed by fire, two towns were evacuated and West Virginia governor Earl Ray Tomblin declared a state of emergency for two counties. Another Oil Bomb Train Explodes, Third in Last Three Weeks. Yet another train carrying volatile crude oil from the Bakken shale formation in North Dakota derailed yesterday, this time in northwestern Illinois near the historic tourist area of Galena overlooking the Mississippi River. N.D. Health Dept. confirms oil and brine spill in Mountrail County. State, federal agency seek damages for Yellowstone oil spill. BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The state of Montana and U.S. Meet The Oil Shale Eighty Times Bigger Than The Bakken. Protested Dakota pipeline Co., TOPS U.S. CRUDE SPILL CHARTS.

North Dakota’s Oil Bonanza Is Unsustainable. Climate Impacts in the Great Plains. 'Virtually unregulated': Radioactive fracking-waste rules in the US slammed in report. Oil Spills In North Dakota; Pipeline Explosion In Alabama. Weather Modification - North Dakota Trade Office. General Provisions and Non-Federal Oil and Gas Rights [Federal Register]

2016-11-16 Decommissioning Costs for Pipelines [Federal Register] Draft of Missouri River Recovery Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement [Federal Register] Intent To Hold North Dakota Task Force Meeting as Established by the Missouri River Protection and Improvement Act of 2000 (Title VII) [Federal Register] Dakota Prairie Grasslands, North Dakota; Oil and Gas Development Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement. Notice of Invitation to Participate; Coal Exploration License Application NDM 107286, North Dakota. Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; North Dakota; Alternative Monitoring Plan for Milton R. Young Station. Environmental Impact Statement: Stark, Billings, and McKenzie Counties, North Dakota. Decision To Maintain Presidential Permit for the Vantage Pipeline Border Facilities in Divide County, North Dakota Following Change in Ownership.

Information Collection Request Submitted to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Federal Implementation Plan for Oil and Natural Gas Well Production Facilities; Fort Berthold Indian Reservation (Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Na. Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Upland Pipeline in Williams, Mountrail, and Burke Counties, North Dakota and Conduct a Public Scoping Meeting. Notice of Receipt of Application for a Presidential Permit for the Pembina-Emerson Land Port of Entry Expansion Project on the U.S.-Canada Border at Pembina, North Dakota, and Emerson, Manitoba, Canada. Federal Real Property: Performance Goals and Targets Needed to Help Stem GSA's Reliance on Lease Extensions and Holdovers.