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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 & Gas Williston, LLC. The cash purchase price is $500 million, subject to customary adjustments.

U.S. operators are teed up for a drilling resurgence

Alex Endress, Craig Fleming, Kurt Abraham, World Oil

Drilling activity is noticeably higher, as American drillers climb out from historically low levels.

Halcón shifts focus to Permian with $1.4-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

Karma Slusarchuk, Whitehorse Technology; Manuel Garcia, XTO Energy, Inc.; Aditya Nikam, Tejas Ghorpade, ETECH International

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 & 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.

Drillers add most rigs in 16 months amid market optimism

Growing confidence that crude prices will rise in coming months is sustaining the expansion of oil drilling in the shale patch.

U.S. delays Dakota pipeline as Trump promises quicker reviews

The Obama administration has yet again delayed a decision on the controversial Dakota Access crude pipeline, even as President-elect Donald Trump vows to speed up reviews of such projects.

Resource Energy completes purchase of Williston basin assets

Resource Energy Can-Am LLC has announced that it has closed on its previously announced agreement to acquire assets in the North Dakota Bakken formation from Samson Resources Company.

Oasis’ Bakken deal shows play still has life as costs drop

Oasis Petroleum’s double-down on North Dakota’s Bakken shale shows the rapid drop in U.S. drilling costs can make a case for even the ugly ducklings of American shale plays.

SM Energy expands in Midland basin with new acquisition

SM Energy has entered into a definitive purchase agreement to acquire 35,700 net acres in Howard and Martin Counties in West Texas, expanding the company’s Midland basin footprint to approximately 82,450 net acres.

North Dakota is pumping oil at the slowest pace in two years

North Dakota oil production dropped below 1 MMbpd in August for the first time in more than two years, as depressed prices forced explorers to cut back.

SM Energy to divest assets in Williston basin

SM Energy has engaged Petrie Partners to explore the sale of certain leasehold assets in the Williston basin.

RockPile Energy Services targets Bakken workovers with AWS acquisition

RockPile Energy Services, a portfolio company of White Deer Energy, has acquired American Well Service (AWS), a Kenmare, North Dakota-based workover rig company.

Dakota pipeline’s fate may hinge on next president after setback

The Obama administration halted work on a stretch of land where Energy Transfer Partners is building its Dakota Access oil pipeline, a move that could threaten to thrust the fate of the project into the hands of the next president.

Resource Energy in $75-million deal for Samson Resources' Bakken assets

Resource Energy Can-Am has entered into a stalking horse asset purchase agreement with Samson Resources Company to acquire certain of Samson’s North Dakota and Montana properties in the Bakken play.