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Petroleum Production

Guest opinion: Drilling IT benefits economy, environment

Credit for the continuing success of America’s shale oil and gas boom goes primarily to new technology and new applications of existing technology.

June 16, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

DNRC stops water sale for oil drilling project; Belfry gravel pit owner lacked water right

A landowner near Belfry has been told to stop selling water to an oil company drilling in the area.

May 23, 2014 5:30 pmLoading…
40 Under Forty: Casey Anderson, president/CEO Brara Geo

40 Under Forty: Casey Anderson, president/CEO Brara Geo

Finding oil in the Bakken oil play has been compared to hitting a bull’s-eye from 1,000 yards away. You have to drill 10,000 feet below the surface and at some point turn the bit 90 degrees, steering it to a horizontal plane until it hits an oil-bearing formation somewhere between 10 and 20 …

February 02, 2014 12:15 amLoading…

Guest opinion: Inevitable community changes of oil development

Here is a lesson for all my fellow Montanans living east of the Rocky Mountain Front, especially those in the Beartooth Front. I’m a resident of Savage, which is well within the Bakken formation. I have lived here since 1986 and observed the influx of the oil industry.

January 03, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Carbon dioxide injections revive Grieve oil field near Casper

Just an hour west of Casper, carbon dioxide is being pumped into a partially depleted oil field in an attempt to recover some additional black gold.

July 14, 2013 11:45 pmLoading…

USGS: Bakken, Three Forks contain 7.4 billion barrels of oil, twice previous estmate

New government data show that 7.4 billion barrels of oil could be recovered from two massive shale formations spanning parts of the Dakotas and Montana, nearly double the amount previously estimated for the region.

June 01, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Wyoming oil production up in 2012 but still down historically

CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming oil production is on the upswing after decades of decline, but recent production is still nowhere near the state’s all-time peak.

May 29, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
U.S. Geological Survey: 7.4B barrels of oil possible in North Dakota, Montana

U.S. Geological Survey: 7.4B barrels of oil possible in North Dakota, Montana

BISMARCK, N.D. — Government data released Tuesday show that 7.4 billion barrels of oil could be recovered from two massive shale formations spanning parts of the Dakotas and Montana, nearly double the amount previously estimated for the region.

April 30, 2013 6:10 pm Photos

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Guest opinion: Tax holiday no longer makes sense in oil patch

When a bunch of oil and gas executives fly in from out of state and line up at a legislative hearing and say they couldn’t possibly do business in Montana if they had to pay production taxes (like they would anywhere else), my flimflam alarm goes off.

March 19, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Group makes final push to buy out Wyoming Range drilling leases

A group seeking to protect a Wyoming Range site from oil and gas exploration is more than a million dollars short of the money it needs, with only days to go.

December 15, 2012 11:30 pmLoading…

South African synfuels firm buys land near Lake De Smet

CASPER, Wyo. — A South African company with a history of building coal-to-liquid fuel plants has purchased land on the shore of Lake De Smet.

November 19, 2012 11:45 pmLoading…

BLM seeks comments on proposed Anadarko oil field expansion

CASPER, Wyo. — Anadarko Petroleum is looking to drill 125 wells in an existing oil field in southern Wyoming, nearly doubling the project's size.

October 30, 2012 11:45 pmLoading…

Billings oil firm acquires Australian company, to focus on western properties

Voyager Oil and Gas Inc., a Billings-based oil and gas company, hopes to expand its operations in central Montana and the Williston Basin with the acquisition of the Australian oil and gas company Emerald Oil Inc.

August 01, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Wyoming oil field latest reborn with CO2 flooding

CASPER, Wyo. — Two companies will begin pumping carbon dioxide into an oil field near Casper this fall in an attempt to revive production.

July 31, 2012 11:45 pmLoading…
Study: N.D. oil output may jump threefold by 2025

Study: N.D. oil output may jump threefold by 2025

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota's oil production could be more than 2 million barrels a day by 2025 — about three times the current rate — according to a state-funded study released Wednesday.

July 25, 2012 6:06 pmLoading…

Wyoming launches cistern program for Pavillion area

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality has begun signing up Pavillion-area residents who want fresh drinking water trucked to their homes to replace contaminated well water that might have got that way because of gas development.

July 11, 2012 11:55 amLoading…

Wyoming starts search for oil and gas supervisor

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Wyoming is starting its search for a new oil and gas supervisor.

July 09, 2012 8:49 amLoading…

Top Wyoming oil-gas regulator quits after 'greed' comments

Wyoming oil and gas supervisor Tom Doll has resigned, Gov. Matt Mead announced late Thursday, slightly more than a week after Doll came under fire for remarks about some residents and a federal water investigation in west-central Wyoming.

June 14, 2012 5:52 pm Related Loading…
Oil and gas industry leading the way in job creation, economist says

Oil and gas industry leading the way in job creation, economist says

When John Felmy was growing up in north-central Pennsylvania, jobs were so scarce that people like him left the area just to find work.

June 13, 2012 2:00 pmLoading…
Report released on Chesapeake well blowout

Report released on Chesapeake well blowout

CASPER, Wyo. — Working drilling rigs aren’t quiet places. But on the afternoon of April 24, workers on the rig over the Chesapeake Energy Corp. natural gas well near Douglas heard what they called a “sharp” sound, followed by a rising roar as natural gas and drilling fluid spewed out of the …

May 10, 2012 3:00 pmLoading…

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