Colorado-based T-Rex Oil plans to charge out-of-state oil companies to use their disposal site in Sioux County, Nebraska. The company’s proposal has come under close scrutiny by opponents.
Wastewater disposal wells dot America’s landscape, but to many, this vital part of oil and gas development is invisible. Inside Energy’s Leigh Paterson reports.
The North Dakota Department of Mineral Resources criticized certain aspects of our story on North Dakota’s oilfield spill problem. Here’s our response.
The oilfield spill problem here has been getting worse for years, but state regulators and inspectors have downplayed how bad it really is — and have made it difficult to fact-check their claims.
When wastewater, a by-product of oil and gas drilling, spills on soil, it can leave the land barren for years. Here are three of the most important things we learned by analyzing spill data.
In early January, a pipeline was found leaking oilfield wastewater into a creek. It’s estimated to be the worst such spill since the start of the oil boom. An Inside Energy investigation shows North Dakota’s spill problem is getting worse.
Montana Department of Environmental Quality | The oil spill in Montana’s Yellowstone River is the second of its kind in five years. Can the nation’s aging pipeline system keep up with its oil and gas boom?
Horizontal drilling and fracking have prompted an oil boom in Wyoming’s Powder River Basin, Alisa Barba reported earlier this week. But an increase in drilling — 590 oil wells have been drilled and completed in the Powder River Basin since January of 2009 — has its consequences. Mead Gruver from Associated Press reported yesterday that 2014 has already been the state’s worst year for oil spills since 2009.
As oil booms in North Dakota, the rate of spills has been growing, Emily Guerin reported. Thousands of barrels of oil spill each year, but something more dangerous comes with it: saltwater. A by-product of oil extraction, saltwater can destroy farmland for years. Finding detailed data on saltwater spills – more than 800 happened in North Dakota in the past year – was hard. Really hard.
Saltwater spills are more damaging than oil. And in North Dakota, they’re happening a lot more frequently than they used to.