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Screen Shot 2014-10-21 at 3.47.33 PM“What we see is the technology is changing rapidly.
We want to stay at the forefront of that.”

Are regulatory updates across the Rockies states encouraging or hindering reusing produced water for fracking?
For us, in the Piceance basin, I’m going to say encouraging. The state is really supportive of water sharing agreements within the Piceance basin. So that’s a yes.

There is a lot of pressure towards reusing produced water for fracking currently – how can operators manage these pressures?
I believe most operators want to reuse their water, and for us there are regulatory pressures. Because we use slick water approach to complete our wells, it makes it easier for us to recycle our water. When you go to the front range, where operators’ chemistry requires a more complicated completion fluid, it becomes more difficult. So here, it’s very straightforward.
For us, there is a cost of recycling the produced water, but it makes more sense than pulling freshwater out of the river; this gives us a real advantage.

Water sources are under stress from industries besides the oil and gas industry, do you believe reusing produced water is the solution to water sourcing issues? Using produced water is a good option for all operators. Obviously, there are economic restraints depending on the quality of water you have to clean and where you have to take it to, to reuse it. Locally, we’re sensitive to the stress of sourcing freshwater – obviously in Colorado, water is key to everyone. We made the switch to recycling close to 100% of our produced water and really, in the local community’s eyes, it made sense. It’s something that we’re proud of.

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Response from Quantum about building their refinery in Billings

When asked about the information that had come to light, Yellowstone County Commissioners immediately distanced themselves from the company. Quantum Energy sent a letter to the Billings Gazette insisting to have it published in its entirety or not at all. The Gazette had published a negative article about Quantum Energy and declined to print the letter. The Bakken Oil Business Journal will publish the letter along with this article.

However, the letter answered no substantive questions about their finances or Andrew J. Kacic and states that they would make no further comment on the issue.

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The public has heard nothing from Quantum Energy, Andrew J. Kacic or the Yellowstone County Commissioners about an oil refinery or any impending land purchases since August 19, 2014 meeting. MarketWatch listed Quantum Energy Inc. ATC stock at 50 cents a share with no trades after August 14, 2014.

The Billings Gazette published a follow up to the original story on Oct. 2nd.

After big splash, not a trickle of news about new Billings refinery plans

By Tom Lutey, Source: Billings Gazette.

More than a month after floating plans for a new oil refinery in Billings, Arizona-based Quantum Energy hasn’t been in touch with Yellowstone County commissioners.

Commissioner John Ostlund said he hasn’t heard from Quantum since Aug. 19, when CEO Andrew Kacic said Quantum wowed commissioners with talk of a $500 million Billings refinery to convert Bakken crude into diesel fuel. At the time, Kacic said Quantum would be revealing a potential refinery site a few days after his meeting with commissioners.

The announcement never came, and within days of Kacic’s meeting with county commissioners, court documents surfaced indicating Kacic had in the past run substantial personal expenses through his other businesses.

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Calls to Quantum Chairman Stanley F. Wilson were not returned Thursday.

The Big Sky Economic Development Authority, which normally vets large commercial project proposed in Yellowstone County, also confirmed no contact with Quantum since August.

Quantum had indicated plans to build five “micro-refineries” in Montana and North Dakota, each with a $500 million price tag and possibly 150 employees.

On its website, Quantum indicates it has a two-year option for a 144-acre refinery site near Fairview. The company also reports it has a three-year option on land near Baker.

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The South Dakota Oil and Gas Association (SDOGA) announces TransCanada’s Larry Scheuerman, Director of Project Development for the Keystone XL pipeline project will be a featured speaker at the 2014 Black Hills Bakken and Investor Conference October 1 and 2. The conference will be held at the Spearfish Holiday Inn Convention Center in Spearfish, S.D.

Scheuerman is responsible for the development of non-regulated Canadian and US oil and gas projects including pipelines and facilities from prospect to commencement of implementation.  Scheuerman brings over 35 years experience in oil and gas pipeline and facility construction and project development completing several projects within North America and internationally. Scheuerman will give attendees to the conference a highly anticipated update discussing the opportunities and future of the Keystone XL pipeline in South Dakota and the northern portion of the project.

According to the U.S. Department of State’s FSEIS, the Keystone XL project spending would support approximately 42,100 jobs (direct, indirect, and induced), and approximately $2 billion dollars in earnings throughout the United States. Of these jobs, approximately 3,900 would be direct construction jobs in the proposed project area, which includes South Dakota. Property tax revenue during operations would be substantial for many counties, with an increase of 10 percent or more in 17 of the 27 counties with proposed Project Facilities.

South Dakota Oil and Gas Association’s Executive Director Adam Martin states, “We are excited to have Mr. Scheuerman speaking. This update comes at a critical time in United States and South Dakota history. The project would help support economic growth in our smaller rural communities and create good paying jobs with needed health benefits. The delays to approve the Keystone XL project continue to make it harder for our farmers and ranchers to have grain products like corn and soybeans delivered by rail. Unfortunately the longer the project is delayed, the rising costs to construct the pipeline will result in those costs being passed down to the consumer. It’s a counter-productive delay that will end up costing our farmers, ranchers, and the American taxpayer. We’ve lost too many opportunities by the delay, and we need the infrastructure. We need to get these opportunities back. It’s time to approve and build the Keystone XL.”

Sources: http://keystonepipeline-xl.state.gov/documents/organization/221135.pdf

More information about speakers of the conference can be found at: www.BlackHillsBakkenConference.com

 

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faulkner-chrisChris Faulkner, aka the “Frack Master” will be one of the featured speakers at the 2014 Black Hills Bakken & Investor Conference October 1 and 2, at the Spearfish Holiday Inn and Convention Center in Spearfish, S.D.

Faulkner is the founder and CEO of Dallas-based Breitling Energy Corporation, an oil and natural gas exploration and production company.  He is the author of The Fracking Truth and producer of the movie Breaking Free: The Shale Rock Revolution.

Faulkner is not shy when it comes to supporting the fracking revolution. According to Faulkner, “Opposition to fracking is driven by junk science and green activist hysteria.”

In an article he wrote for the Los Angeles Register, Faulkner states the following: “Take the argument that fracking contaminates groundwater. The Environmental Protection Agency has extensively investigated this idea and concluded that 1.2 million wells have been hydraulically fractured without a single confirmed case of groundwater contamination.”

Faulkner goes on, “Environmentalists also argue that the technique uses too much water. But it actually takes a mere three gallons of water to create 1 million “BTUs” – the industry standard measurement – of shale gas energy. Producing that same amount of ethanol energy – an environmentalist favorite – requires 15,000 gallons.”

Faulkner, who also co-hosts Powering America Radio, will speak on oil and gas independence in America and how fracking has played the integral part in America’s move toward freedom from foreign oil. After speaking, Faulkner will be presenting a private viewing of the Breaking Free movie exclusively to attendees.

The Black Hills Bakken and Investor Conference is hosted by the South Dakota Oil and Gas Association in conjunction with Black Hills Expo Group.

More information about the Black Hills Bakken and Investor Conference can be found at www.BlackHillsBakkenConference.com

For more information contact:
Branden Bestgen (pronounced bes-jen)
Black Hills Expo Group, LLC
branden@bestgen.us
605-644-6005

Or 

Adam Martin, Executive Director
South Dakota Oil & Gas Association
adam.martin@sdoil.org
605-644-6355

WASHINGTON, D.C. –North Dakota Petroleum Council (NDPC) Vice President Kari Cutting will testify before two U.S. House subcommittees today on the subject of Bakken Petroleum: The Substance of Energy Independence.
In her testimony to the House Subcommittee on Energy and Subcommittee on Oversight, Cutting will address the industry’s safety record and goals, the qualities of Bakken crude, the steps taken by the industry to properly classify and ship Bakken crude oil, and steps taken to ensure emergency responders are prepared to handle any incidences that may occur.

“Three independent studies have now shown that Bakken crude is similar to other North American light, sweet crude oils in gravity, vapor pressure, flash point and initial boiling point,” says Cutting. “According to these studies, Bakken crude oil chemical properties attest to its proper classification as a Class 3 flammable liquid. This category contains most of the valuable fuels and fuel feed stocks offered for transportation in the United States.”

With the increase of Bakken crude being shipped by rail, however, Cutting stressed the industry’s continued commitment to safely handling and transporting this cargo, including its partnership with railroads and local responders to develop a common educational tool to be distributed broadly to fire departments either through web portal or DVDs. This information is available for companies to use in continued interaction with EMS personnel.

The oil and gas industry will also continue development of additional response resources and periodic meetings to keep the lines of communication open to maximize information sharing of the latest data on emergency response for crude and other flammable liquids incidents.

“Hazardous Materials transported by rail arrive safely at their destination 99.997% of the time, but all stakeholders recognize the importance of implementing additional safety measures to reduce the probability of the remaining 0.003%,” says Cutting. “Routing analysis, infrastructure inspection and maintenance, railcar design, and additional training and information for Emergency Management personnel are all efforts being addressed.”

The joint hearing of the House Subcommittee on Energy and Subcommittee will begin at 2:00 p.m. EDT. The hearing may be viewed online at http://science.house.gov/hearing/subcommittee-energy-and-subcommittee-oversight-joint-hearing-bakken-petroleum-substance.

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ATTACHMENT: Cutting Testimony

For media inquiries, contact Tessa Sandstrom by email. (I will not be reachable via telephone, so please email with questions).

Since 1952, the North Dakota Petroleum Council has been the primary voice of the oil and gas industry in North Dakota. The Petroleum Council represents more than 525 companies involved in all aspects of the oil and gas industry, including oil and gas production, refining, pipeline, mineral leasing, consulting, legal work, and oil field service activities in North Dakota, South Dakota, and the Rocky Mountain Region. Our members produced 98 percent of the 313.5 million barrels of oil produced in North Dakota last year.

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New development to build master plan community
Caitlyn Beley, Communications Director
Williston Economic Development & City of Williston

WILLISTON, N.D. – More shovels plunged into Williston’s world-class economy, breaking ground on a new 535 acre mixed-use development on Tuesday, Sept. 2. Located at 56th Street and U.S. Highway 2/85, Northstar Center will serve as the northern gateway to America’s fastest-growing micropolitan city.
The live/work master plan community will offer over 2,000 dwelling units and more than 2.7 million square feet of commercial space. Northstar Center is currently the largest planned urban development in the Williston Basin, providing the community with more parks, walking trails, and softball diamonds; a combined total of 105 acres.
This is an important step in working toward building a connected, accessible community, according to Mayor Howard Klug. This connectivity and accessibility will provide Williston with opportunities to celebrate family, friends and community; and safe routes to get there.
“In developing this large, comprehensive complex to include extensive green space as well as housing and shopping space, you are helping realize many of the needs of the Williston community,” said Jon Cameron, spokesperson for U.S. Senator John Hoeven.
The development team consists of local GM Dealer, Patrick Murphy; Jason Vedadi, Titanium Builders; Larry Miller, master plan developer of Citation Communities; and Dwain Davis of Templeton Enterprises.
For information regarding sales and leasing please contact Joe Kachuroi of Bakken Realty/Remax at (701) 770-5893.

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URTeC Takes Center Stage in Colorado
Record Attendance Expected as Professionals Across All Segments of the Unconventional Arena Converge for Integrated Event

Complimentary Press Passes Available Here

August 18, 2014//Tulsa, OK – The second edition of the Unconventional Resources Technology Conference (URTeC) takes center stage 25-27 August at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, CO. The 2014 event highlights unconventional resource possibilities in North America and around the world, as well as takes an in-depth look at existing plays.

URTeC 2014 is attracting acute interest from the industry as it brings together scientists, engineers and business managers to cross-pollinate ideas and encourage an “asset team” approach to exploration and production. With attendance trending ahead of last year’s inaugural event, the multidisciplinary organizing committee is optimistic that this year’s event will exceed expectations.

“The response to URTeC affirms the importance of this approach to the industry and we look forward to providing a robust, highly-interactive and superior attendee experience,” said Mr. Luis Baez, Co-chair of URTeC’s Technical Program Committee. “The program committee has worked diligently to ensure that the content being offered serves professionals across all segments of the unconventional arena and is second to none.”

A joint project of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) and the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG) with help from the American Association of Mechanical Engineers, Petroleum Division (ASME-PD), URTeC is one of the industry’s only integrated science and technology events.

The opening plenary session features a panel of experts that will address the topic of “Using Science and Integrated Technologies to Develop Unconventional Plays.” Other interactive panel discussions include “Nimble Independents: Moving the Needle With Innovation and Execution Excellence,” “Converting Technology Into Dollars,” “Emerging International Plays,” “Water Management and the Link to License to Operate” and “Marcellus Shale: ‘Bottom Up’ Integrated Assessment of Future Production and Reserves.”

The program, comprising experts from every aspect of the unconventional sector, features multi-themed technical sessions including 190+ oral sessions, 60+ ePapers, team presentations, topical breakfasts and luncheons, and interactive panel sessions. Cores from several unconventional reservoirs will be on display allowing attendees to view the rocks and compare analyses and results summarized by service companies. Cores are expected from the Haynesville, Bossier, Eagle Ford, Marcellus, Utica, Woodford, Niobrara, Tuscaloosa and Bakken plays.

“Attendees with various levels of unconventional experience will attend. It attracts those that have expertise in unconventionals with its top-quality content,” said Jennifer Bell, chair of the ASME’s Petroleum Division and chief executive officer of Elements Offshore LLC in Houston. She will serve as co-chair for the URTeC session “Emerging Plays: Roadway from Ideas to Sweetspots.”

“URTeC is the best venue where technology can be shared,” said AAPG award-winning member Bob Hardage of the Texas Bureau of Economic Geology.

Several Companies Expected to Announce New Products
Press conferences by exhibiting companies will take place over the course of the event. For a complete schedule of events, visit www.urtec.org or contact press@urtec.org.

Complimentary Press Registrations Available
Members of the press are invited to attend URTeC free of charge, with access to conference sessions, the exhibition and opening plenary session. Expedite press registration or request additional information by contacting Vern Stefanic. For full conference program details, registration, exhibition and sponsorship information, visit www.urtec.org.

About SPE
The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) is a not-for-profit professional association whose members are engaged in energy resources development and production. SPE serves more than 124,000 members in 135 countries worldwide. SPE is a key resource for technical knowledge related to the oil and gas exploration and production industry and provides services through its publications, events, training courses, and online resources at www.spe.org.

About AAPG
Founded in 1917, AAPG is the premiere global organization for petroleum explorationists with over 42,500 members in 129 countries. The original purpose of AAPG, to foster scientific research, to advance the science of geology, to promote technology, and to inspire high professional conduct, still guides the Association today. AAPG provides publications, conferences, and educational opportunities to geoscientists and disseminates the most current geological information available to the general public.

About SEG
The Society of Exploration Geophysicists is a not-for-profit organization that promotes the science of applied geophysics and the education of geophysicists. SEG’s mission is connecting, inspiring, and propelling the people and science of geophysics. It provides its members with a variety of resources designed to further their success in the geophysics community.  For more information, visit www.seg.org.

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BISMARCK, N.D. – The North Dakota Petroleum Council (NDPC) today released the final report detailing the results, research methodology and comparative analysis of the Bakken Crude Characteristics Study conducted this spring. The preliminary results of the study, which concluded Bakken crude is similar to other North American light, sweet crudes and does not pose a greater risk to transport by rail than other crudes and transportation fuels, were presented in May during the Williston Basin Petroleum Conference.

“This study provides the most thorough and comprehensive analysis of crude oil quality from a tight oil production basin to date,” said John Auers, executive vice president of Turner, Mason & Company, the engineering firm commissioned to conduct the study. “The study provides conclusive and consistent scientific data about Bakken crude that will help regulators, operators, shippers and other key stakeholders properly classify and monitor Bakken crude in the future.”

In addition to reinforcing the preliminary findings presented in May, the final report also outlined Field Operations Recommended Best Practices to ensure consistent operation of field treating equipment, Bakken crude oil quality and testing procedures and shipping classification. Some of the best recommended practices include (but are not limited to):

· Maintaining all fired treating equipment at a temperature between 90 degrees and 120 degrees Fahrenheit year round to help minimize light end components in crude and create a consistent industry standard to ensure optimal separation of water and gas from the crude oil stream;
· Providing maximum tank settling time possible prior to shipment;
· Reducing stock tank pressure to the lowest pressure possible to maintain vapor collection equipment (engineered flare, vapor recovery, etc.) operational integrity;
· Testing each unit train loading or tank shipment batch to ensure crude is within the established typical Bakken specifications;
· Classifying all Bakken crude as a Class III, Packing Group I hazardous material even if current testing methods would classify a shipment as Packing Group II.

“The study helped establish a baseline for Bakken crude characteristics, and by implementing the recommended best practices outlined in the report, we will ensure Bakken crude remains consistent to those properties,” said Kari Cutting, vice president of the NDPC. “Our members have already begun implementing many of those best practices, further emphasizing our commitment to safety, including in the movement of this valuable resource by rail.”

In addition to outlining recommended best practices and providing in-depth analysis of the final results from sampling and testing, the final report also compares analysis from other studies on Bakken crude, including a study commissioned by the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) and the U.S. Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA).

“The test results from this study are consistent with scientific data reported by the AFPM and PHMSA,” said Cutting. “All of this data does not support the speculation that Bakken crude is more volatile or flammable than other light, sweet crudes. We look forward to using this information to continue our work with regulators and rail companies to develop and implement standards that will ensure all flammable liquids, particularly crude oils that are safely transported by rail.”

Turner, Mason & Company will present the findings of the final report to the North Dakota Industrial Commission on Wednesday, August 6 at 11 a.m. The study was completed by Turner, Mason & Company and SGS Laboratories at a cost of approximately $400,000. The full report may be downloaded at www.ndoil.org/resources/BKN.

Since 1952, the Petroleum Council has been the primary voice of the oil and gas industry in North Dakota. The Petroleum Council represents more than 500 companies involved in all aspects of the oil and gas industry, including oil and gas production, refining, pipeline, mineral leasing, consulting, legal work, and oil field service activities in North Dakota, South Dakota, and the Rocky Mountain Region. For more information, go to www.ndoil.org.

Produced Water Reuse Initiative 2014 Denver Colorado October 29-30

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Don’t Miss Your Chance To Register: 1 Week To Go

In just under a weeks time key stakeholders from the Bakken and beyond will come together at the Renaissance Denver Hotel for the Bakken Artificial Lift & Production Optimization 2014 Congress.

Featuring a totally revamped agenda for 2014, the event this year will present 20+ brand new case studies based on work done in the last year. Speakers will be examining technical solutions for reducing failure rates, maximizing productivity & improving run times by optimizing artificial lift design & chemical treatments for Bakken wells & overcoming challenges relating to gas gathering, utilization and choke management.

In addition to the wealth of daily registrations Schlumberger have been confirmed as a Partner For ESP Systems.

Day 1 will feature spotlight sessions on each type of artificial lift technique that is having success in the Bakken, including rod pumps, gas lift, ESPs and jet pumps and explain how they can be used to maximize the productivity in the play. It will also examine how the latest chemical treatments are being applied to mitigate corrosion in both downhole and surface equipment to reduce failure rates.

Day 2 will then provide detailed solutions for electricity to power artificial lift, gas utilization, EOR, choke management, flaring reduction and gas gathering.

Snapshot Of The Room
ConocoPhillips – Continental Resources – Oasis Petroleum – Triangle Petroleum – Kodiak Oil & Gas – Liberty Resources – WPX Energy – Anadarko Petroleum Corporation – XTO Energy – Hess Corporation – Whiting petroleum – SM Energy – CSL Energy – Sinclair Oil & Gas Company – Schlumberger – Marathon Oil – Legacy Reserves – Hunt Oil Company – Baker Hughes – Evolution Petroleum – Summit Midstream Partners LP – Cameron – Aggreko – Halliburton Artificial Lift – Accelerated – NOV Tuboscope – NovoMet – Versa Energy – TTS Drilling Solutions – Thru Tubing Solutions – Lufkin Automation – BP America – Petro-Hunt – Tenaris – Weatherford International – Harbison-Fischer – Compressco Partners – DistributionNOW  – Master Flo Chokes – GE Oil & Gas – Mesa Solutions – Flatirons Field Services LLC – Zavanna Energy – Cornerstone Natural Resources – IHS – Canadian Advanced ESP – Norris/AOT & Dover Artificial Lift – Cornerstone Natural Resources – Sempra U.S. Gas and Power – QEP Energy  – Quinn Pumps North – Dakota – Greenlight Capital – Well Control Technologies Inc – Fidelity – Penn State Marcellus Center For Outreach and Research and many more.

If you have any questions related to the congress, group registration discounts, or sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities, please contact the team on: (1) 800 721 3915 or info@american-business-conferences.com

I look forward to welcoming you to Denver next week.

Kind Regards,

Jane Thomas
Director
American Business Conferences

T: (1) 800 721 3915
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BISMARCK, N.D. – The petroleum industry, the state and communities will come together on Wednesday, June 25 in Tioga, N.D., to celebrate North Dakota’s climb to one million barrels of oil production per day and to show appreciation for the many hard-working men and women who have supported western communities and the industry during the past decade of growth.

The celebration will include remarks from Gov. Jack Dalrymple, Ron Ness, president of the NDPC and Kathy Neset, president of Neset Consulting Service, which is hosting the event at their location. Speakers, a mini museum and tours to the first oil well will highlight North Dakota’s oil and gas history, as well as the state’s role as a top producer of energy for the world and its positive influence on national security.

“We are thrilled to be hosting this celebration and to recognize this remarkable milestone,” said Neset. “One million barrels per day is an impressive level of production. The Bakken – along with other oil resources around the country – have lifted the United States to a more secure level on the global stage of security and independence by providing a safe and reliable source of energy for our country.”

What: One Million Barrels – One Million Thanks Celebration

Where: Neset Consulting Service, 6844 Highway 40, Tioga, ND
When: Wednesday, June 25, 2014
11 a.m. Welcome – Ron Ness, NDPC
North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple
11:15 a.m. Kathy Neset, Neset Consulting Service
11 a.m. – 3 p.m. ND Oil & Gas Industry Mini-Museum Open
11:30 a.m. Ribbon cutting, airshow and flyby by the Texas Flying Legends
12-2 p.m. Community BBQ
12 – 3 p.m. Bus tours to Clarence Iverson No. 1 Well
12 – 3 p.m. Air tours of the Tioga area
12 – 3 p.m. Live music by the Tin Star Band

More Info: The event is free and open to the public and media. Parking and shuttle services will be available at the Tioga Farm Festival Building. For more information about the celebration, visit www.ndoil.org/events.

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