Oil Wells & Water: The Demand Rises

As oil development continues to both enrich and challenge the state of North Dakota, providing access to water for both domestic and industrial use has become one of the most urgent issues that commands the attention of private enterprise as well as government entities. “The main challenge is just the water supply in general,” explains… [More…]

Production Sustainability: The Leaps and Bounds

Oil production in North Dakota’s Bakken and Three Forks Formations is at record highs and growing, but is it sustainable at current levels? For how long? “Our growth has been extremely rapid. Technology and price have come together with the geology,” said Ron Ness, president of the North Dakota Petroleum Council, a 60-year-old organization that… [More…]

Determining Oil and Gas Rights Ownership

Along the shoreline of the waters of the Missouri River in Western North Dakota, a titanic battle is being litigated between the North Dakota State Land Department and riparian citizen land owners, as to who owns the oil and gas rights along the shoreline of the river. The State claims a sovereign right to the… [More…]