WorldOil Whiting Petroleum to sell assets in North Dakota's Bakken for $500 million Whiting Petroleum Corporation has agreed to sell its Fort Berthold Indian Reservation area assets, located in Dunn and McLean Counties, N.D., to RimRock Oil and Gas Williston, LLC. The cash purchase price is $500 million, subject to customary adjustments. U.S. operators are teed up for a drilling resurgence Drilling activity is noticeably higher, as American drillers climb out from historically low levels. Halcón shifts focus to Permian with $1.4-billion Bakken saleón-shifts-focus-to-permian-with-14-billion-bakken-sale Shale oil producer Halcón Resources Corp. said it would sell most of its North Dakota operations for $1.4 billion cash, part of a plan to shift its focus to Texas' Permian basin, the largest U.S. oilfield. Drill pipe life tripled, drilling operations optimized in Bakken laterals Uniquely non-welded wear bands reduced friction and wear, helping to increase ROP. Dakota Access granted approval without Trump’s renegotiation When President Donald Trump advised expediting the controversial Dakota Access oil pipeline, he said he’d negotiate the terms. But the project was greenlighted with no strings attached. Dakota Access pipeline seen operational in second quarter The $3.8-billion Dakota Access crude oil pipeline won’t start up until the second quarter of this year, according to stakeholder Phillips 66. Dakota Access oil pipeline nears final permit, lawmakers say Energy Transfer Partners LP may be close to getting the permit it needs to finish the Dakota Access oil pipeline, a project that became a flash point for environmentalists, but a symbol of President Donald Trump’s pledge to jump start energy infrastructure. SM Energy looks to sell assets in North Dakota’s Divide County SM Energy has engaged Tudor, Pickering, Holt and Co. to run a formal bid process for the sale of the company's Divide County area assets in the Williston basin. Shale drillers promise no 2017 binges as oil hangover eases Shale oil companies are ready to play chicken with supply and demand again. Dakota Access pipeline in new setback as U.S. permit denied The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers denied Energy Transfer Partners a permit to build a section of the $3.8-billion Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota after weeks of opposition from Native Americans, environmentalists and other groups.