The Dickenson Press seems to have been the first to report on the leak: Pipeline leak spills 20,600 barrels of oil near Tioga. The pipeline is reportedly 20 years old. The farmer reporting the leak smelled the oil for a few days before he saw puddles in the field and oil sticking to his tires.
Lots of money is pouring in to construction wind and solar plants, but that will continue only if the massive subsidies stay in place. 7/25/17 – AP at Billings Gazette – Montana ruling casts shadow over future of solar farm – Montana state regulators approved a 80 GW solar plant with reported cost of about … Continue reading “More economic problems for wind and solar”
The bad news from slicer-and-dicers just keeps rolling in. Article describes lack of CO2 benefit while running up cost of electricity in Minnesota Description of environmental cost of building a wind tower 10/15/17 – Powerline – “Green” Energy Fails Every Test – Minnesota is touted as a model of green energy. With around $15 billion … Continue reading “More economic and environmental fails from wind energy”
Interesting articles of late: 1M bopd is ‘new normal’ for North Dakota. Number of fracking crews in North Dakota and typical staffing size for a crew. Cleanup of large leak near Tioga is nearing completion, with planting possible in the spring. Wells fracked early in the boom might be re-fracked for large increase in total … Continue reading “Updates from Bakken – 1M bopd is new normal; number and size of fracking crews”
There will be major costs involved in decommissioning wind turbines. Who will pay? 3/8/17 – Stop These Things – Farmers “Hosting” Wind Turbines Faces Massive Clean Up Bills & Other Legal Liability – Legislation is under consideration which would force wind power companies to set aside money to decommission the turbines. At the moment the … Continue reading “More on the downside of unreliable wind power: paying for decommissioning costs”
The city decided to approve a new set of rules to shut down all the crew camps. The operators are fighting back. Lots of news in the last few weeks with the September 1 deadline having arrived. Mayor proves in his public comments that he is engaged in protectionism, favoring two classes of housing providers … Continue reading “Crew camps in Williston back in the news”
Bruce Oksol wonders whether Bakken oil production is entering the manufacturing phase after a frantic construction phase. 2/3 – The Million Dollar Way – Idle Chatter on DUCs and Related Data Points – Before a big factory or electrical plant or other major project begins production there is a massive construction effort. The number of … Continue reading “Bakken entering ‘manufacturing’ stage? Also, count of oil rigs in field.”
I am trying to collect reference points for the cost to construct different types of facilities. Here are a few data points I’ve noticed lately and some data points I’ve mentioned before. Remember to discount all the construction costs below by the 15% to 30% capacity rate. That means backup natural gas or coal plants are … Continue reading “Cost to construct energy facilities”
Two slice-and-dice operations have received permission to move forward.
If you let an economy function, market forces will create pressures to smooth things out. The forces of supply and demand have an amazing ability to balance a temporarily unbalanced marketplace. Several recent articles illustrate this concept in North Dakota. 11/17 – Amy Dalrymple at Dickinson Press – Pipelines now outpacing trucks for gathering … Continue reading “More signs the North Dakota infrastructure is catching up”
Here are a few more articles I read while on vacation in North Dakota during September. 9/27 – Grand Forks Herald – Two years after Tioga, N.D., spill, dirty pile still dwarfs clean pile – Cleanup of the big leak north of Tioga has been underway for two years. Somewhere between one-third and one-half of the … Continue reading “A few more news articles from Bakken”
During my trip to Williston last week, I saw my first bald eagle in the wild. Awesome! Our one week vacation is why I’ve not been posting much. Have lots of posts planned and a few hundred new photos. We were driving on a road about 13 miles north and 8 miles west of … Continue reading “Bald eagle in the wild”
A few articles on what’s going on in Bakken: tougher trafficking laws in effect, Williston Walmart no longer open 24 hours a day, $18 billion in state reserves, and new Williston airport moving forward. 7/8 – Bismarck Tribune – County okays windfarm near Tioga on a split vote – Landowners organized an effort to … Continue reading “Bakken update – 8/28”
Here’s a few quick notes on interesting news from the North Dakota oil fields: Rig counts actually going up – 5/20 – Million Dollar Way – Another Post-Boom Low — 80 Active Rigs; Eleven (11) New Permits; Slawson Proposing A 11-Well Pad In Big Bend Oil Field – 80 rigs 5/22 – Million Dollar Way – … Continue reading “More good stuff on the Bakken – 5/27”
Some articles on the amazing things going on in the energy world: oil factories, fracklog, greener fracking and calculating the Saudi cash burn rate. 5/6 – Russell Gold at Wall Street Journal – What the Future of Oil Drilling Will Look Like – think “oil factory”. Liberty resources is developing a 10,000 acre complex that … Continue reading “More good stuff from the wide open energy frontier – 5/8”