North Dakota

6:45am

Tue September 16, 2014
Energy

What's The Regulatory Threshold For Oil Industry Fatalities?

Smoke from the 1968 explosion at the Consol No. 9 Mine in Farmington, WV.
Centers For Disease Control

As the oil and gas industry has grown to employ over half a million oil and gas workers nationwide, the number of fatalities has grown as well. In 2013, 112 oil and gas workers died on the job; the year before, 142. Nationwide, oil and gas workers are still six times more likely to be killed on the job than the average American.

Texas had the most fatalities overall in 2011 and 2012 – 106 – but, according to a new analysis by Inside Energy, North Dakota had the highest fatal injury rate in the country, 75 deaths per 100,000 workers. That's three times higher than the national rate for oil and gas fatalities.

Which raises a question, how bad does it have to get before regulators and elected officials step in and do something?

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8:59am

Fri August 22, 2014
Energy

See The Burn: New Map Shows Flaring In Your State

A well site flares outside of Longmont, Colo., in Weld County, June 2014.
Jim Hill KUNC

Flaring – the practice of burning natural gas, often when it's produced as a byproduct of oil drilling – has come under scrutiny in recent years. In part this is because new oil plays are resulting in a lot of gas being flared off.

A new map released by the group SkyTruth uses U.S. satellite data to show flaring in the United States You can see flaring between March and August 2014, and zoom in and out to see flaring in specific locations.

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7:00am

Wed July 30, 2014
Energy

Oil Overtakes Ag As North Dakota's Economic Breadwinner

A drill rig outisde of Williston, North Dakota pictured in 2011.
Lindsey Gira Flickr - Creative Commons

Farming and ranching have always been the biggest industries in North Dakota. But now, oil has knocked agriculture from the top spot. Mining – which includes oil – is now worth $8.5 billion dollars in the state. Agriculture is closer to 7 billion.

It’s a milestone for a state that had hardly any oil production 10 years ago, and the change has created some tension.

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5:00am

Wed July 16, 2014
Oil and Gas

Oil And Gas Glut Taxing The West's Pipeline Networks

The "pig trap" for a pipeline at a tank farm in Guernsey, Wyoming.
Stephanie Joyce Wyoming Public Media

In the first quarter of 2014, the United States surpassed both Russia and Saudi Arabia as the world’s largest oil producer. It already hit that mark for natural gas in late 2013. All of that oil and gas has to be transported from the fields where it’s drilled to refineries and processing plants.

Most of that is done by pipeline, but the nation’s pipeline infrastructure isn’t currently up to the task.

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10:40am

Mon July 14, 2014
Energy

North Dakota Pipeline Spills Over 1 Million Gallons Of Salty Wastewater Near Lake

Dead grass shows where saltwater has leaked out from an underground pipeline spill outside Mandaree, North Dakota.
Karolin Rockvoy

A leaky pipeline has spilled about 1 million gallons of saltwater near a North Dakota reservoir that supplies drinking water to the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation. The pipeline, owned by the Texas-based Crestwood Midstream Partners, runs along the shore of Bear Den Bay on Lake Sakakwea, a reservoir on the Missouri River.

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