Proposed scholarship program to benefit workers in the oil and gas industry
North Dakota University System Chancellor Mark Hagerott participated in the Petroleum Council’s annual meeting Sept. 20 to discuss higher education and workforce needs in the region. State Board of Higher Education members Danita Bye and Kevin Black were also involved in higher education discussions as well as Dickinson State’s President Stephen Easton.

Harold Hamm cuts ribbon on extension to UMary’s Hamm School of Engineering
Harold Hamm, the oil-drilling entrepreneur that the University of Mary’s engineering school is named after, cut the ribbon on another addition to the groundbreaking facility on Tuesday, September 20.

Williston Drone Survey
On behalf of Williston Economic Development, ISight Drone Services is looking to better understand opportunities in the Williston Region for Uncrewed Aerial Systems (UAS).

Hess adds fourth rig in Bakken, won't add more even if price goes up
Hess is back on track in the Bakken and has added a fourth drilling rig to its program, with an eye toward a steady growth to a long-term 200,000 barrels per day plateau.

Interior to reconsider social cost of greenhouse gas in Dakota oil leases
The Biden administration has agreed to consider the climate impacts and the social cost of greenhouse gas emissions in a new environmental review of oil and gas leases in Montana and the Dakotas, according to a settlement with conservation groups.

Pro-Oil Industry Video Shoot Planned
The Center for the American Experiment, a Minnesota-based think tank that recently began operations in North Dakota, is planning a video shoot that will support the ND oil industry with clips of average citizens expressing their thoughts on the value of its contributions to the state and national economy.

WDEA Scholarship Program
The Western Dakota Energy Association will award three $1,000 scholarships this fall to students enrolled or planning to enroll in an energy-related field at a North Dakota college, university or technical school.

Judge permanently blocks Biden leasing pause in states that sued
A Louisiana judge issued a permanent injunction against the Biden administration’s moratorium on new oil and gas leasing on federal lands Thursday night, a day after another court tossed an earlier injunction against it.