North Dakota Oil Producers Complying With New Treatment Rules
North Dakota’s oil producers are complying with new safety standards that went into effect on 1 April to remove as many volatile gases from crude as possible, state officials said.
The new rules require the more than 1.2 million bbl of oil extracted each day from the state’s Bakken shale formation be run through machines that remove ethane, propane, and other volatile gases linked to recent crude-by-rail disasters in Quebec, Illinois, and West Virginia.
Producers are now required to operate field equipment at oil wells at specific temperatures and pressures to remove those gases. Well sites are shut down if they are not compliant, according to the standards approved in December.
Late March field checks of equipment operated by all of the state’s producers, ranging from the largest with Whiting Petroleum to one of the smallest with Triangle Petroleum, are compliant, the state’s Department of Mineral Resources said.