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    A gas flare is a safety device used to protect natural gas gathering and processing infrastructure. Natural gas flaring in North Dakota may occur for a number of reasons. Read on to learn more about flaring, how and when it’s used, and how the industry is working to capture more natural gas. Natural gas is a…

    Crude by Rail

    Transport of crude oil by rail is an essential means of transport, especially in North Dakota where infrastructure is still being developed. Because a majority of the refineries that are equipped and ready to process light, sweet crude are located along the east and west coast, crude by rail is the only means of transporting…


    The Bakken/Three Forks is the largest oil field (in square miles) in the world. It underlies approximately 18,000 square miles of North Dakota and is about the size of theState of West Virginia. Throughout most of the Williston Basin, the Bakken Formation consists of three layers, or “members” that lie approximately two miles underground. The…

    Traffic Safety

    The industry continues to work with local and state leaders to secure more funding to help western North Dakota catch up with its infrastructure, but even then, construction can and does take some time. That’s why the North Dakota Petroleum Foundation, North Dakota Department of Transportation and North Dakota Highway Patrol have partnered to promote traffic…

    Land, Spills & Environment

    Quick Facts: 76% of all spills take place on a specially engineered and built well pad that prevents any environmental impact. These sites include berms that prevent fluids from leaving the site and multiple layers of liners and clay that protect the land below it. That means that any spills are quickly and easily cleaned…


    Through new technologies like horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing, oil and gas companies have been able to minimize impact to the land while increasing production. Yet, the industry understands that there continues to be some impacts to habitats and wildlife through increased truck traffic, and we remain committed to further reducing our impact. Outdoor Heritage…


    Much like the coal industry in North Dakota reclaims its mines to its original condition, operators are also required to reclaim well sites, access roads and any other associated facilities. For the oil and gas industry, this process begins within one year after a well has been plugged. The Reclamation Process After a well has stopped…


    Pipelines play a critical role in everyone’s lives and are essential to our industry and businesses. Our nation has the largest network of energy pipelines in the world, which is responsible for delivering our nation’s crude oil, natural gas, and petroleum products, including crude oil, gasoline, jet fuel, and home heating oil in a safe,…