As new oil wells crop up by the thousands in the mineral-rich Bakken play in northwest North Dakota, nearby Theodore Roosevelt National Park has experienced spikes in haze-causing pollution, according to a new study.
Chambers of Commerce in 20 states are calling on the EPA to leave fracking oversight to state regulators.
The amount of natural gas being burned away at oil wells in North Dakota rose the most in more than a year in July, and state officials now say it may take new regulations to tackle the problem.
If the Bakken crude that slammed into a small Canadian town is linked to the severity of the resulting damage, the shale oil boom could face stricter transportation regulations and a public-relations black eye.
The vast Bakken Shale formation in North Dakota will need costly, advanced oil recovery strategies in order to tap its full potential over the next few decades, researchers and industry officials say.
Continental Resources Inc., the top producer in the Bakken Shale, plans to reduce natural gas flaring from its well sites to "as close to zero percent flaring as possible."
Thanks to a major efficiency effort, Minot Air Force Base, despite being in a climate where temperatures can swing from 105°F in summer to -30°F in winter, has some of the lowest building energy costs in all the military.
North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple hosted a summit Thursday morning to discuss one of the state's most pressing questions: how to move hundreds of thousand of barrels of crude from its oil fields every single day?
North Dakota officials say the state's coal plants will be able to pump their CO2 underground in the future, and should therefore be exempt from a Minnesota law that requires utilities to plan ahead for the cost of potential climate regulations.
North Dakota officials are cheering a decision by the Environmental Protection Agency to bring their campaign for aggressive emission controls at a pair of coal-fired power plants to an end.