PSC Holds Hearing On Targa Application
The ND Public Service Commission held a public hearing in Stanley on Thursday, Dec. 11 on the application from Targa Badlands LLC to convert a current gathering system pipeline to a transmission pipeline in Mountrail County The 31.7 mile 8 inch line is already in place and transports from the Van Hook peninsula to a tank in Stanley located at Enbridge. A second tank is located in New Town. The proposal would allow the company to transport crude to the New Town tank and then send it back out of the system to Stanley as well. This change would mean the definition of the line would change from gathering to transmission. The hearing was held on a request for waivers of procedures and time schedules as well.
The issues to be considered in the hearing were if the facilities were of such length, design, location or purpose that they would produce minimal adverse effects and whether it was appropriate for the Commission to waive procedures and time schedules as requested in the application. It also considered if the location and operation of the facilities would produce minimal adverse effects on the environment and welfare of the citizens of North Dakota, if they are compatible with the environmental preservation and efficient use of resources, and if it would minimize adverse human and environmental impact while ensuring continuing system reliability and integrity and ensuring that energy needs are met and fulfilled in an orderly and timely fashion.
No decision was expected to be reached at the hearing. Rather it was a time to gather information from the company and public to be considered in reaching that decision. Commission members were there to discuss the impacts as well as to make sure that the request meets criteria for a conversion. They expressed their belief that the future for northwest North Dakota is overwhelmingly good but they want to make sure that they manage growth safely. They also expressed their belief that landowner relationships are also important in the process.
The line in question was built in June of 2013 completed in November of 2013 and has been used as a gathering line sending crude to a Login or Subscribe to view full stories.
ProTech Truck Repair Opens In Stanley
ProTech Truck Repair celebrated their grand opening with a ribbon cutting at their location south of Cenex on Friday, Dec. 12. The newest business in Stanley officially opened its doors for the first time on December 1.
The vision of ProTech was started when one of the owners had to take his truck all the way to Billings, Mt. to be repaired. Every mechanic shop in the Bakken area was booked out by at least ten days. Any down time meant income was not being generated.
The LLC was formed with Troy Evans working along with his business partners John Anderson and Brooks Hoffman. The three men bring a wide range of experience to the business. Hoffman has owned a fleet of trucks. Anderson has been working the Bakken for about three and a half years with a background in banking. Evans has years of experience including energy oil service companies. Couple that with hiring mechanics that are used to working out in the oil field along with mechanics that are educated certified mechanics used to working with the newer computer systems and it spells a recipe for success not only for the company, but the customers they serve.
They found the local area was in great need of a large full service diesel repair center and that was the beginning of ProTech Truck Repair. The first shop is being launched in Stanley with additional locations being developed in Watford City, Williston and Sidney.
The company’s mission is “helping you get back on the road” as they offer a full line of services including computer diagnostics; DOT inspections; engine repair; tune-ups; oil, lube and filter work; tires and brake work; heating and air conditioning; hydraulics, pumps and PTOs; steer and suspensions; alignments; and trailer work including vac, belly, flat and sand.
Maintenance work includes brake inspections, stating that braking systems require attention and are a critical part of vehicle safety. With a full service body shop their skilled mechanics have their expertise to properly diagnose the problem and get the trucks back on the road. They also recognize that some of the low maintenance roads in the Bakken can punish a truck on a daily basis. They are proud to offer an array of tire choices as well as full alignment services.
Working on large trucks only, ProTech currently has seven employees on staff but they are continuing to look to add to that staff. They Login or Subscribe to view full stories.
Putting Profit Into Your Crop
Mountrail County Ag Agent Jim Hennessy hosted a series of presenters on Thursday, Dec. 11 at the South Complex under the program title “Putting the Profit Back in Your Crop”. The meeting was one of a series of the meetings scheduled for producers in Mohall, Lignite, Crosby, Stanley, Watford City, Rugby Minot, Williston, Drake and Bottineau. Topics included Maximum Economic Yield, Soil Fertility, Market Outlooks and County Updates.
Up first was Shana Pederson, NDSU Extension Specialist from the North Central Research Extension Center with the topic Maximum Economic Yield: Is Most Always Best? Her presentation centered on soybean production but the information could generally apply to all crops.
Maximum Economic Yield looks at maximizing profits for sustainability, controlling production costs and improving profitability, but it may or may not equal maximum yield. She also touched on the history of MEY Clubs in North Dakota in the 1980s. The process also looks at biology and economics, looking to see if there is a biologic response to the additional inputs, although both biology and economics can change from year to year.
Either way, producers must look at their management decisions looking at those practices that have been identified to increase crop yield. For soybeans, the studies have shown that both row spacing and seeding rates along with seed treatments affect those numbers. A study in ND also looked at some historic poor years including 2004 which was a cold growing season with an early frost. Because of those variables, the value of treated seed was important to the economic impact for growers. Pre-emergence herbicides are also a fundamental part of the growing process. The study also looked at application to prevent aphids. Study Login or Subscribe to view full stories.
Grant Round Opens for Political Subdivisions
On behalf of the North Dakota Board of University and School Lands (Land Board), the Energy Infrastructure and Impact Office is accepting grant applications from eligible political subdivisions for funds from the Energy Impact Grant program. Applications for specific improvements and needs supporting infrastructure impacted as a result of oil and gas development will be accepted until January 28, 2015 by the Energy Infrastructure and Impact Office.
Political subdivisions, including counties, park districts, water resource districts, townships and other eligible public entities impacted by oil and gas development are welcome to apply for grant funds available to address infrastructure impacts resulting from energy activity. The Land Board has established specific grant rounds for cities, airports, K-12 schools, higher education, sheriff’s departments and emergency response services. This grant round will focus on those other eligible political subdivisions not given consideration by their own specific grant round.
Projects that demonstrate cooperative efforts between multiple entities and requests for one-time projects related to advancing or improving physical assets will receive priority consideration. An advisory committee made up of city, county and other officials will make recommendations to the Land Board for the allocation of grant funds.
The Land Board has allocated $6.5 million in energy impact money Login or Subscribe to view full stories.
Bethel Home Auxiliary Donated $10,000
The Bethel Home Auxiliary has donated $10,000 to the Mountrail County Medical Center’s Capital Campaign drive to be used for the Bethel Home project. The funding comes from gaming funds the organization applied for and received as well as fundraisers they have run throughout the year.
The Mountrail County Health Foundation recently announced that they have accepted the responsibility of raising $1.6 million for the Mountrail Bethel Home expansion. Key elements of the project include a Chapel, new kitchen, expansions of the Dining Rooms including a family dining area and an all-weather transportation center. A total of $525,000 has been raised so far towards this new goal.
Anyone interested in more information on the Foundation can check out their website at www.mountrailcountyhealthfounation.org. That website will provide more information on the projects and how you can help donate to the Bethel Home expansion. No matter how large or small, every gift is tax deductible and very important to the greater Login or Subscribe to view full stories.