I have never heard of MDU or its divisions selling Frac sand..this sand is usually Silica sand and comes by train from eastern mn and western Wisconsin. don
It will be interesting to see what the Sierra Club does with these wind turbine Eagle Kill applications..
They Are always complaining at Anything that pertains to Oil or Coal, and even now the coal and oil shipping terminals..
If they do not speak out against these Eagle kill applications then their real agenda is shown.. don
The proposed 1,000-turbine development would become one of the largest on-land wind facilities in the United States if built.
The project has been plagued by concerns about its impact on birds. The Bureau of Land Management approved the wind farm in 2012, calling its impact on migratory birds and bald eagles low. But BLM also noted that the threat it presented to golden eagles was significant, and projected the development would kill 46 to 64 eagles annually. A plan to reduce golden eagle fatalities could reduce the impact, the bureau said.
That is what the Power Company of Wyoming is trying to do, Miller said. He noted the company has proposed putting 26,000 acres along the North Platte River between Fort Steele and Sinclair in a conservation easement where wind development would be prohibited. That area is crucial golden eagle habitat and boasts considerable wind resources, Miller said. The company has also proposed a half-mile buffer around eagle nests.
Still, Miller acknowledged avian fatalities are a part of wind development.
“Unfortunately it does happen,” he said. “What we’re doing is being proactive and trying to avoid and minimize the potential risk to eagles.”
The number of wind developers seeking take permits will likely increase in the coming years, as companies look to pursue projects in areas boasting both high winds and key bird habitat, said Darin Schroeder, vice president of the American Bird Conservancy, a national advocacy group.
His organization does not oppose wind development, but believes more stringent sitting laws are needed to ensure projects are not built in environmentally crucial areas, Schroeder said.
Chokecherry-Sierra Madre is especially concerning, he said, arguing that internal concerns from BLM and Fish and Wildlife staff about bird fatalities have been ignored for political reasons. The project is one of 33 renewable energy developments authorized on public land by the Obama administration, as part of its initiative
From Casper trib today. don
The Power Company of Wyoming plans to apply next month for a federal permit that will allow the firm to kill a limited number of eagles every year at its planned Chokecherry-Sierra Madre wind farm in Carbon County.
The decision of the Denver-based developer to seek what is known as an “eagle-take permit” from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reflects what may be the beginning of a trend, industry observers said.
Fish and Wildlife has never granted a take permit to a wind developer, but is currently considering several applications, said Dave Carlson, National Environmental Protection Act coordinator for the Fish and Wildlife Service. Chokecherry-Sierra Madre would join that list of applicants, he said.
“We should be seeing more of them in the future,” Carlson said. “This would apply to existing projects that are in operation and new projects.”
Fish and Wildlife will determine how many eagles can be killed under the permit after receiving an application for the project.
The expected increase in eagle-take applications comes months after the service clarified the rules surrounding eagle deaths at wind facilities. The new guidelines allow wind developers to kill a limited number of eagles each year, provided they make efforts to site turbines in locations that minimize fatalities and institute mitigation measures once their facilities become operational.
It also follows on the heels of a settlement announced by the U.S. Department of Justice in November in which a North Carolina developer agreed to pay $1 million in fines and restitution for avian deaths at its wind farm near Casper.
Garry Miller, Power Company of Wyoming vice president of environmental affairs, said the company’s application for a take permit and the Justice Department settlement were coincidence. The firm has been in talks with Fish and Wildlife since 2010 over how to best minimize the number of eagle deaths at Chokecherry-Sierra Madre. The proposed 1,000-turbine
I have NO position in either, long or short, but as I recall over the last year or so , Ottr has sold several divisions,one was the wind tower mfg. they have not been very profitable in last 2 years. in fact I believe they occurred some debt to pay a dividend or 2. ottr is a partner with MDU in the Big Stone power plant..
NWE was talking about buying some MT hydro locations, I do not know if that occurred or not..nwe was also involved with a huge wind generation farm up near Great Falls area.. don
any guess what this new info maybe??? Miss lime or Cleveland formations is my estimate..
Cold on the prairie.. 6 degrees now going to -5 below in SW ND tonight.. don
From the Fairfield Mt Sun paper.. No IP given. don
Bakken Formation well was reported as completed in Richland County. Fidelity Exploration & Production Co. filed a completion report for the McCurdy 41-33H, which has an SHL at NE NE 33-22N-57E (562 FNL/708 FEL) and a Bottom Hole Location (BHL) of 14,519 feet at SE SE 33-22N-57E (257 FSL/753 FEL). No IP numbers were reported and the McCrudy is listed as Shut In, according to the Board of Oil and Gas database
Argus is furnishing this article. don
Houston, 3 December (Argus) — Oneok Partners' new Bakken shale y-grade NGL pipeline is running at roughly half of its 60,000 b/d initial capacity as producers in the region wait for new gas processing plants and other infrastructure needed to transport more liquids to market.
The Bakken line, which carries liquids production to the Overland Pass NGL line in northern Colorado for onward delivery to fractionators at Conway, Kansas, is currently running at 30,000-35,000 b/d.
The US midstream operator is investing in processing and gathering assets in the Bakken and recently announced it would build its largest gas processing plant to-date in the area. The Lonesome Creek plant will produce up to 200mn ft3/d (6mn m³/d) of natural gas, bringing Oneok's total processing capacity in the region to 800mn ft3/d.
Oneok is planning the next phases of its Bakken y-grade line expansion, which will boost capacity to 135,000 b/d by the end of 2014 and to 160,000 b/d by 2015 to accommodate Lonesome Creek.
“We need the 135,000 b/d to be on line by the end of next year, because the 60,000 b/d is not enough. We will not fill that when it comes on line, but that is just the next incremental expansion,” Sheridan Swords, senior vice-president of Oneok's NGL segment, said. “The 160,000 b/d will need to be on line to capture the Lonesome Creek [production] when it comes on line.”
Executives noted the expanded Bakken NGL line probably will not run at full capacity until 2018. Lonesome Creek is set to start operations at the end of 2015.
The Bakken line expansion comes in addition to a $2bn-3bn backlog of unannounced projects, according to Oneok executives.
Oneok continues to seek opportunities in crude transportation and logistics, despite an unsuccessful open season last December for a proposed crude line from the Williston basin to Cushing, Oklahoma.
“Acquiring our way into crude is certainly a possibility and something we are considering,” s
XOM bought XTO oil about 5 yrs ago and they had a lot of NG.. Also bought all the Bakken acreage xto and headington oil owned.. don
But to qualify for the credit, the project must have begun construction by Dec. 31. Alternatively, Cape Wind can qualify if developers incur 5 percent of the wind farm's cost by year's end.
If the project doesn't qualify for the credit, Cape Wind would be left to fill a huge financing hole. And under its deals with the utilities, failure to obtain the credit would increase the starting price of its power from 20 cents per kilowatt hour to 22.7 cents, with 3.5 percent annual increases.
It's unclear how that would impact the average utility customer's bill. But estimates when the utilities struck their deals (and Cape Wind's starting price was projected at a lower 18.7 cents per kilowatt hour) indicated their average ratepayers would pay about $1 to $1.50 extra per month for Cape Wind's power.
Any further bump in price is sure to inflame critics, who frequently note that Cape Wind's power is far more expensive than other energy sources, including more than double that of land wind.
Though Cape Wind hasn't started erecting turbines in Nantucket Sound, IRS regulations provide other ways to qualify as having begun construction, said Arnold Grant, a tax law expert at Reed Smith, which helps develop renewable energy projects but isn't tied to Cape Wind.
For instance, if an offshore wind farm's turbine supplier is doing significant work off-site, that can count toward having begun construction.
Grant also said meeting the 5 percent costs milestone doesn't even require the company to spend the money by Dec. 31. The delivery of goods from a large equipment contract, for example, can help a company meet the threshold, even the company hasn't paid the contract by year's end.
The bottom line, Grant said, is that companies looking to qualify for the investment tax credit can usually figure it out.
"The rules are out there. You need to satisfy them, but there are different ways of doing it," he said.
This project is off Nantucket Sound.. the electric charge for residential from MDU I purchase is .08 cents per KWH. The AP is reporting this story.. don
BOSTON -- As it seeks investors, a project off the Massachusetts coast that aims to be the nation's first offshore wind farm must reach fast-approaching benchmarks or risk missing out on hundreds of millions in critical funding.
To qualify for a tax credit that would cover a major portion of its capital costs, Cape Wind either must begin construction by Dec. 31 or prove it's incurred tens of millions of dollars in costs by then.
Also, a $200 million investment -- the only one of a specific dollar amount Cape Wind has announced -- is conditioned on whether developers can fully finance the rest of the project by year's end.
With less than two months until the deadline, Cape Wind isn't publicly discussing financing efforts. It also has yet to start on-site construction and isn't detailing how it can qualify for the tax credit, only that it expects to.
Even if Cape Wind fails to qualify, spokesman Mark Rodgers said, "We will move this project forward, we will secure financing and we will construct the project."
The 130-turbine, $2.6 billion Cape Wind project was proposed for Nantucket Sound in 2001 and touted as a large, clean energy source near a high-demand coastal area. It's been delayed by a thick bureaucracy and opponents who say the project will ruin the sound and threaten wildlife and maritime traffic.
Cape Wind has sold about three-quarters of its planned power output to two local utilities and aims to be producing power for homes and businesses in Massachusetts by 2015.
First, it must continue to lock down what financing it has and get more Of two major federal tax subsidies available to renewable energy projects, Rodgers said Cape Wind is pursuing one, an investment tax credit, which could cover a hefty 30 percent of its capital construction costs.
We are projected to have -7 below wed. night, and remain cold thru the next weekend, with the coldest Friday night at -12 below..
So winter has arrived on the Great northern prairie..don
AP reported. don
FINDLAY, Ohio — Marathon Petroleum Corp. has agreed to pay for more than a third of the construction cost of the proposed Sandpiper pipeline, the company and Enbridge Energy Partners LP said Monday.
Marathon will be an anchor shipper and fund
37.5 percent of the cost of the estimated $2.6 billion pipeline that would carry crude oil from Beaver Lodge, N.D., across northern Minnesota to Wisconsin. It would extend 610 miles from the Bakken oilfields to an Enbridge terminal in Superior, Wis.
In exchange for Marathon's commitment to take part in the open season for Sandpiper and its investment, it will earn about 27 percent interest in Enbridge's North Dakota System when the Sandpiper pipeline is done. Marathon will also have the option to increase its ownership interest to 30 percent through additional investments in future system improvements, the companies said.
The Sandpiper would increase the Bakken takeaway capacity of the North Dakota system by 225,000 barrels per day to a total of 580,000 barrels per day.
In 2012, Marathon agreed to be the anchor shipper on the Enbridge Southern Access Extension pipeline from Flanagan, Ill., to Patoka, Ill. As a result of that commitment, Marathon has the option to acquire a
25 percent ownership interest in Southern Access Extension. Due to Marathon's commitment to the Sandpiper, Marathon's option for ownership interest in Southern Access Extension will increase an additional 10 percent to a total of 35 percent
There are 640 wellheads on the reservation. Gundersen said as the number of units per well site increases, wellhead numbers are projected to peak at about 3,000. About 150,000 barrels are produced on the reservation per day. That number is expected to reach 175,000 barrels per day, Hall said.
Hall said construction is underway on the $450 million, 20,000 barrel Thunder Butte Petroleum Services Refinery located near Makoti. A rail transload facility will be operational this summer and the refinery, which is being built modularly by a company in Texas, should be ready by winter 2015, Hall said.
from the Bismarck trib. don
Three Affiliated Tribes is planning for a natural gas plant on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation.
Tribal Chairman Tex Hall said the tribal council is considering potential gas plant locations best for gathering the fuel and determining what size of plant would be needed to serve gas production on the reservation.
The gas plant is among several other changes related to the oil and gas industry on the reservation being discussed at the Mandan, Hidatsa & Arikara Tribal Employment Rights Office Ordinance Seminar & Expo held in Bismarck Monday and Tuesday.
Hall said he expects the project to cost between $200 million and $300 million. He said the council is working on obtaining funding for the potential plant.
About 55 percent of natural gas produced on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation is being flared, said Steven Gundersen, president of Tallsalt Advisors, a financial advisory firm contracted by the tribe to audit oil royalties on wells with tribal interests.
“We’re entirely too high,” Hall said.
Gundersen said flaring numbers in more remote areas are much higher. In the Mandaree area of the reservation, 60 percent of natural gas is flared, 67 percent is flared in the Four Bears area and almost all natural gas produced in the Twin Buttes area is flared. The amount of gas produced is rising with the amont of oil produced on the reservation.
“There is a lot of activity,” Gundersen said. “The pace is moving so fast infrastructure just can’t keep up.”
In more accessible and developed areas of the reservation’s oil field, flaring is as low as 17 percent, Gundersen said.
Oil produced on Fort Berthold accounts for 20 percent of oil production in the Bakken, Hall said. The Mandaree area leads the way as the highest producing zone.
There are 640 wellheads on the reservation. Gundersen said as the number of units per well site increases, wellhead numbers are projected to peak at about 3,000. About 150,000 barrels are produced on the res
MERTZON, Texas, Nov 21 (Reuters) - At a dusty Texas oilfield, Apache Corp has eliminated its reliance on what arguably could be the biggest long-term constraint for fracking wells in the arid western United States: scarce freshwater. For only one well, millions of gallons of water are used for hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, the process that has helped reduce U.S. reliance on foreign oil over the past five years by cracking rock deep underground to release oil and gas. In Irion County, where Apache is drilling dozens of Wolfcamp shale wells in the Permian Basin, the company is meeting its water needs for hydraulic fracturing by using brackish water from the Santa Rosa aquifer and recycling water from wells and fracking using chemicals
. The company's approach could have broader significance for areas prone to drought. Apache, which has the most rigs running in the Permian, the oil-rich region that spans 59 Texas counties, says the model can cut costs and truck traffic rattling small towns stretched by the country's drilling boom. "We're not using freshwater out here," Lucian Wray, production manager for Apache's South Permian region, said of the company's Barnhart operating area, which is run out of a former hunting lodge. "We are recycling 100 percent of our produced water. We don't dispose of any of it."
Australian diplomats have also thrown a wrench into the negotiations, as poor countries and activists accused them of not taking the talks seriously. The country did not even send high-ranking officials to the UN summit, saying that they would be busy repealing the country’s contentious carbon tax.
“They wore T-shirts and gorged on snacks throughout the negotiation. That gives some indication of the manner they are behaving in,” said a spokeswoman for the Climate Action Network.
“The carbon tax is bad for the economy and it doesn’t do any good for the environment,” Prime Minister Tony Abbott told The Washington Post. “Despite a carbon tax of $37 a ton by 2020, Australia’s domestic emissions were going up, not down. The carbon tax was basically socialism masquerading as environmentalism, and that’s why it’s going to get abolished.”
Japan has also been seen as bucking the UN’s climate goals by allowing greenhouse gas emissions to grow by three percent. The Fukushima disaster shuttered the island nation’s nuclear power industry and dashed its hopes of lowering greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent below 1990s levels