Why North Dakota Is Like Iran, Iraq, Nigeria & Russia: Wasted Natural Gas

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What does North Dakota have in common with Iran? If North Dakota were a country, it would rank fifth behind Russia, Nigeria, Iran, and Iraq on the list of worst natural-gas wasters, according to the World Bank. An editorial in The Forum of Fargo-Moorehead blasted the North Dakota natural-gas industry for wasting valuable resources through flaring

EIA: rising North Dakota oil production and demand spurs two new small refineries

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One of two new small (20,000 bbl/d each) refineries being built in North Dakota broke ground this week, the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) noted in a brief. The Dakota Prairie facility is scheduled to be built in 20 months.

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EIA: More than 35% of natural gas produced in North Dakota is flared or otherwise not marketed due to infrastructure limitations

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Natural gas production in North Dakota has more than doubled since 2005, largely due to associated natural gas from the growing oil production in the Bakken shale formation. North Dakota gas production: marketed, not marketed, and percentage not marketed.

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North Dakota awards Tesoro $500K to support $3.5M renewable diesel co-processing project at refinery; 5% renewable diesel blend

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The North Dakota Industrial Commission has awarded Tesoro $500,000 to support a $3.5-million project to study enabling the company’s Dickinson, ND refinery to co-process renewable feedstocks such as vegetable oils such as soy or distillers corn oil into renewable diesel (RD). North Dakota made the award under its Renewable Energy Council Grant Round 33.

E15 now available in North Dakota

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E15 blended gasoline is now available in four of North Dakota’s larger cities. North Dakota is the ninth state to offer the fuel blend containing 15% ethanol and 85% gasoline. The others are Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Nebraska, North Carolina, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple and other ethanol backers announced the availability of E15 at the Petro Serve USA’s Bismarck fueling and retail store on Divide Avenue.

Quantum Energy and Bilfinger Westcon partner to develop multiple refineries in the North Dakota-Montana Bakken formation

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Bilfinger Westcon is currently constructing a diesel refinery project in Dickinson, North Dakota expected to be completed around the end of this year. is a development-stage, publicly traded, diversified holding company with offices in Williston, North Dakota. Quantum Energy, Inc. entered into a strategic alliance with Bilfinger Westcon Inc.,

Enbridge to invest $6.2B in pipeline expansions for light oil from North Dakota and Canada

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will proceed with a $6.2-billion program of pipeline expansions to carry an additional 400,000 barrels per day (bpd) of light oil from North Dakota and western Canada to refinery markets in Ontario, Quebec and the US Midwest. Specifics include: North Dakota System Expansion and Extension. Construction of a 965-kilometer (600-mile) 24-inch diameter line (Sandpiper Project) from Beaver Lodge, North Dakota, to the Superior, Wisconsin, Terminal. Enbridge Inc.

US DOE Awards Second Phase of North Dakota Oil Production Study; Targeting Improved Recovery

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded an agreement to the University of North Dakota Energy and Environmental Research Center (UNDEERC) to extend a study that will enhance the understanding of factors affecting oil production from the Bakken and Three Forks-Sanish formations within the Williston Basin. North Dakota is the fourth-largest oil producer in the United States, exceeded only by Texas, Alaska, and California.

Statoil to begin transporting Bakken crude from North Dakota by rail to overcome limited pipeline capacity; more than 1,000 cars for unit trains

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In September, Statoil will begin transporting by rail Bakken crude from North Dakota to customers in the US East, West and Gulf Coasts, and Canada. An important part of the growth stems from its 2011 acquisition of holdings in the Bakken and Three Forks oil plays in North Dakota.

DOE awards $18M to 5 projects to accelerate development of plug-in electric vehicles & use of other alternative fuels

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million to deploy multi-fuel stations (including electric vehicle charging stations, compressed natural gas, biofuels, and propane stations) and alternative fuel vehicles (including electric drive) along I-94 from Port Huron, Michigan to the North Dakota border.

Team at Univ. of North Dakota proposes alternative mechanism for the formation of cyclic hydrocarbons by thermal cracking of crop oils

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A team at the University of North Dakota has investigated the occurrence patterns of cyclic products obtained via the thermal cracking of several TG feedstocks, such as canola and soybean oils, to probe possible formation mechanisms. Thermal cracking is a well-known pathway for transforming crop oils (i.e., triacylglyceride oils, TGs) into chemicals that can be used as replacements for petroleum transportation fuels.

The Sad States of Global Warming & Their Sorry Senators

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Are you just going to let the state of North Dakota get beaten like a borrowed mule by climate change due to your failure to respond appropriately on global warming? Tags: Environmental Politics carbon producers climate change environment Senator Dorgan Senator Baucus North Dakota Maine Montana Senator Tester Senator Conrad Senator Stowe Senator Collins Senator Boxer Senator Feinstein

CSX update on W.Va. derailment: 25 cars derailed, 20 in fires

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It was traveling from North Dakota to Yorktown, Va. In an update released today, CSX said that approximately 25 tank cars derailed yesterday in West Virgina ( earlier post ): 20 were involved in subsequent fires. The derailment site. Photo, office of Gov. Tomblin. Click to enlarge.

New USGS oil and gas assessment for Bakken and Three Forks formations boosts estimates of recoverable oil two-fold, natural gas three-fold

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The geological foundation that underpins the assessment was facilitated by data provided by the North Dakota Geological Survey, North Dakota Industrial Commission, Montana Board of Oil and Gas, and multiple industry groups working in this region.

US vehicle miles travelled up 3% in first 9 months of 2016 to 2.4 trillion miles

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billion miles of 19 states—Alaska, Arkansas, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Maine, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, Wyoming – and Washington, D.C. US driving topped 2.4

7-state Midwest EVOLVE project to promote electric vehicles; Ford, GM, Nissan initial automotive partners

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The American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest announced the launch of Midwest EVOLVE , a three-year project to promote electric vehicles in seven Midwestern states: Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and North Dakota.

Exclusive: Hey Top Gear, You Have To Fill Up Electric Cars Too, Duh!

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Have you ever been on those roads in North Dakota where you pass a sign that says “No gas for next 80 miles"? Or perhaps you’ve traveled through the frozen wastelands of Northern Canada or Alaska and learned that the gas station you just passed was the last one for more than 100 miles. You’d be certifiably crazy to not stop and

MSU-led regional team awarded $6M NSF grant to research biofuel, carbon capture technologies

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The basin contains parts or most of five states—Montana, Wyoming, South Dakota, North Dakota and Nebraska—and more than 20 Indian reservations. A regional interdisciplinary team led by Montana State University has received $6 million from the National Science Foundation to address questions about whether biofuels and carbon capture technologies can be sustainably introduced into the Upper Missouri River Basin.

EIA forecasts Bakken oil production will top 1M barrels per day next month; >10% of US oil production

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The latest monthly update of estimated crude oil production in the Bakken region of North Dakota and Montana shows total wellhead output topping 1 million barrels of oil per day (bbl/d) next month. The growth of crude oil production in the Bakken region is part of a longer-term trend in drilling efficiency gains and has led North Dakota to rank second in crude oil production in the United States, behind only Texas.

ICCT study finds state EV incentives playing a significant role in driving sales

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On the other hand, Mississippi, Oklahoma, North Dakota, and Wyoming are examples of states offering nearly no benefits to electric vehicle owners, and have nearly no EV sales.

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DOE to award up to $137M for SuperTruck II, Vehicle Technology Office programs

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Daimler Trucks North America LLC will develop and demonstrate a tractor-trailer combination using a suite of technologies including active aerodynamics, cylinder deactivation, hybridization, and the electrification of accessories. Demonstrate plug‐in electric vehicles through local showcases in key markets throughout major metropolitan areas in seven Midwest states: Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and North Dakota.

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EIA: 5 states and the Gulf of Mexico produce more than 80% of US crude oil; shales drive the growth

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Five states (Texas, North Dakota, California, Alaska, and Oklahoma) and the Gulf of Mexico supplied more than 80%, or 6 million barrels per day, of the crude oil (including lease condensate) produced in the United States in 2013, according to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA).

Opinion: The Dark Side Of The Shale Bust

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Oil production in North Dakota has exploded over the last five years, from negligible levels before 2010 to well over a million barrels per day, making North Dakota the second largest oil producing state in the country. By Nick Cunningham of Oilprice.com.

New passenger vehicle diesel registrations in US up 11.5%, hybrids up 65% from 2010-2013; diesel 2.5x hybrids

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California and North Dakota tied for third with 11.35% growth.

US total VMT hits historic high in first half of year; VMT per capita trending upward, but below 2005 peak

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billion unadjusted VMT, the North Central region—12 states including North Dakota, Ohio and Missouri—was the most-traveled region for the month representing the seventh consecutive month of VMT growth.

API: US petroleum demand down, gasoline demand up in March

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Rising North Dakota production at 551 thousand barrels per day in March continued to close in on declining Alaska production of 591 thousand barrels per day. While total petroleum deliveries (a measure of demand) slipped 1.3% in March compared with March 2011, gasoline deliveries were up 3%, according to the latest report from the American Petroleum Institute (API). This marked the second month in a row gasoline demand increased while total petroleum demand declined.

Crumb rubber from old tires can lower road noise and reduce need for road maintenance

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With funding from The National Science Foundation (NSF), Magdy Abdelrahman, an associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at North Dakota State University, is experimenting with “crumb” rubber—ground up tires of different sized particles—and other components to improve the rubberized road materials that a number of states already are using to enhance aging asphalt.

New high-pressure dry-solids feed pump could make high-efficiency, lower-emission gasification economically competitive

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Rock River Resources to build small refinery and crude-by-rail terminal in Utah

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A small refinery in North Dakota, announced earlier this year, is under construction. Houston-based Rock River Resources plans to build a small refinery and terminal for shipping crude by rail in Green River, Utah, with the goal of providing a long-term viable refining option in the region. Rock River will build a rail line to link its terminal to Union Pacific.

EIA releases report on CO2 emissions by state; California led in 2010 with transportation-sector emissions

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tonnes of CO 2 per person), followed by North Dakota (80.4 In 2010 the top 3 states included: Wyoming (1,886 mt CO 2 / million dollars of GDP), West Virginia (1,767 mt CO 2 / million dollars of GDP), and North Dakota (1,681 mt CO 2 / million dollars of GDP). Energy-related CO 2 emissions buy state, 2010. Source: EIA. Click to enlarge.

API: US petroleum demand edges up in May

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North Dakota production in May set a record at 574 thousand barrels per day, eclipsing production from Alaska, which fell 5.0% Total petroleum deliveries (a measure of demand) rose half a percent in May over the same month last year to 18.5 million barrels per day, according to figures from the American Petroleum Institute (API). Gasoline demand was up 0.4%, but, for the first five months of 2012, was 0.6% below the same period a year ago.

US petroleum demand drops 5.7% in January on heating oil decline

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Alaskan production was up by 34%, and North Dakota production was also strong. Total petroleum deliveries (a measure of demand) fell 5.7% in January 2012 compared with January 2011 to just over 18 million barrels per day, according to figures from the American Petroleum Institute (API). Gasoline deliveries slipped 0.2% billion barrels per day.

Nebraska provides TransCanada with map identifying Sandhills Regions to be avoided in designing alternative route for Keystone XL pipeline

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TransCanada’s proposed Keystone XL project is designed to carry oil from Canada across Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas. TransCanada also has proposed connecting it to the Bakken oil field in Montana and North Dakota.

Norways Statoil to acquire Brigham Exploration for US$4.4B cash; entry into the US Bakken and Three Forks tight oil plays

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Brigham, based in Austin, Texas, has a strong position in the Bakken and Three Forks tight oil plays in the Williston Basin in North Dakota and Montana.

Pike Research forecasts US plug-in vehicle penetration rates to be highest in smaller states

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Scores ranged from 4.36, for Northern California, to 0.07 (effectively, a negative overall opinion) in North Dakota (1.0 North Carolina: 2.86. Pike Research forecasts that annual sales of plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) will reach 358,959 vehicles by 2017, representing a compound anual growth rate (CAGR) of 43% between 2011 and 2017.

Marathon to serve as anchor shipper for Bakken Sandpiper Project pipeline

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of the construction of the Sandpiper Project, which will become part of Enbridge Energy Partners’ North Dakota System when it is completed. It will expand and extend the Bakken takeaway capacity of the North Dakota System by 225,000 barrels per day (bpd) to a total of 580,000 bpd. Marathon Petroleum Corporation and Enbridge Energy Partners, L.P. announced that MPC will serve as an anchor shipper for the Sandpiper Project pipeline in the Bakken shale.

NDPC study finds Bakken crude similar to other light sweet crudes, no greater rail transport risk

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Bakken crude is similar to other North American light, sweet crudes and does not pose a greater risk to transport by rail than other transportation fuels, according to a study recently completed by Turner, Mason & Company for the North Dakota Petroleum Council (NDPC). The first compared the quality of the crude as loaded in North Dakota to the quality at discharge, more than 1,500 miles (2,414 km) away.

EIA: US crude oil imports in 2011 dropped to lowest level since 1999 as domestic oil production rose

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Purchases of imported crude oil have declined because US refiners had more supplies from domestic crude production to use, particularly higher oil output from Texas and North Dakota’s Bakken formation. Texas oil production last year reached its highest level since 1997, and North Dakota appears to have pushed past California in December as the third biggest oil producing state.

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EERC working with Fuel Cell Energy on $3.5M ARPA-E project for electrochemical cell to convert natural gas to methanol

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The University of North Dakota Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC) is working with FuelCell Energy, Inc., The EERC’s portion of the project is being funded through matching funds from the North Dakota Department of Commerce’s Research ND Program.

USGS to update Bakken Formation oil assessment based on new geological information; potential for greater recovery

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The US Geological Survey will update its 2008 estimate of undiscovered, technically recoverable oil and gas in the US portion of the Bakken Formation, an important domestic petroleum resource located in North Dakota and Montana.

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