EERC partnering to improve assessment of carbon dioxide storage capacity

The UND Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC) is working with the Department of Energy (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) and Hitachi High Technologies America, Inc., to improve assessment methods for estimating the storage capacity of carbon dioxide (CO2) in tight shale formations, such as the Bakken. The project is funded by NETL with cost share provided by Hitachi.

“Although significant progress has been made globally to investigate the suitability of subsurface geologic sinks for CO2 storage, there is a lack of detailed geologic and petrophysical data needed to develop better techniques for assessing CO2 storage resources within unconventional formations,” said Bethany Kurz, EERC Principal Hydrogeologist, Laboratory Analysis Group Lead. Read more

Matrix Service Starting Bakken’s Dakota Access Pipeline in Winter

Matrix Service Inc. plans to begin construction on six North Dakota gathering terminals for the Dakota Access Pipeline in January.

The above-ground storage tanks at the gathering terminals are planned for the North Dakota cities of Stanley, Epping, Ramberg, Watford City, Trenton and Johnson Corner. The Dakota Access Pipeline, by Dakota Access LLC, a subsidiary of Energy Transfer Partners, will deliver light, sweet crude oil from the Bakken and Three Forks production areas in North Dakota to Patoka, Ill.

The Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota will cover about 350 miles and extend across seven counties, according to Dakota Access LLC. The entire pipeline will be about 1,100 miles long, the company said. Read more

Nuverra Plant First Selected for Oilfield Waste Pilot Project

Nuverra Environmental Solutions drill cuttings recycling facility at Watford City, North Dakota, has been selected as the first participant in a North Dakota pilot project aimed at developing beneficial uses for oilfield wastes.

Nuverra CEO Mark Johnsrud said the Terrafficient Processing Facility turns wet drill cuttings into an “earth friendly” product that can be used for applications such as road bases, gravel additives, construction fill and flowable fill. In addition, he noted that the process recovers water and hydrocarbons for reuse while reducing carbon emissions. Read more

Mythbusting: The Bakken’s Not as Bright as the Internet Suggests

Photos from space showing gas flaring in the Bakken oilfields that make western North Dakota appear to glow more brightly than major U.S. metropolitan areas aren’t based on sound science and create a misleading public perception.

That’s the conclusion of a study conducted by the University of North Dakota Energy & Environmental Research Center and the school’s John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences. Read more

U.S. Out-Produces Rest of World in Oil and Gas from Shale

The Institute for Energy Research in Washington, D.C., says that despite other countries having significant oil and gas reserves in tight shale plays, the U.S. is the only nation that has capitalized on the energy resources of it shale reserves.

“The U.S. system of laws and regulations has led to the shale revolution here,” said Dan Simmons, IER vice president of policy.

He noted that where that revolution has happened in the U.S. is evidence of the role laws and regulation play in developing shale energy resources.

“We see a lot of activity in North Dakota, Texas, Ohio and Pennsylvania, but there’s no real production going on in New York because of the regulations in New York,” Simmons explained. “You don’t see it happening in California because it’s California. Even in the U.S., the regulatory systems matter.” Read more