Energy Transfer Partners, L.P.

Officials with the US Army Corps of Engineers are considering permits to construct and operate the Dakota Access Pipeline Project. The crude oil pipeline will connect the Bakken and Three Forks oil production areas in North Dakota to existing infrastructure in Illinois, traveling through part of South Dakota. Most of the more than eleven hundred mile pipeline crosses private lands. The US Army Corps of Engineers has jurisdiction on about 37 miles, or about three percent of the project…the sections that cross water or federal land. Eileen Williamson is a spokesperson for the Corps.

EPA Fines BNSF $600K For Violations Including Oahe Spill

Feb 25, 2016
Kealey Bultena / SDPB

The Environmental Protection Agency has fined BNSF Railroad $600-thousand for violations including oil and diesel spills at its rail yards and along railways.  

One spill in 2010 affected Lake Oahe.

BNSF reached an agreement with the EPA to resolve the alleged violations of the Clean Water Act and the Oil Pollution Act across several states.

"Oil To Die For"

May 18, 2015

"Oil To Die For" is a new interactive documentary from Black Gold Boom producer Todd Melby.  The documentary explores how North Dakota became one of the most dangerous places to work in America.  It also examines the circumstances surrounding the tragic death of Dustin Bergsing, a 21-year-old well watcher, who died on the job.  Melby's new project debuted Monday at  Users can watch interviews, access court documents and browse through the details at their own speed.

America by the Numbers

The Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in western North Dakota is in the heart of the Bakken oil field. There are more than 1,000 wells on the reservation and the oil boom has brought jobs and affluence for many. But it's also brought increased drug trafficking, crime, traffic fatalities and a huge influx of non-Indian oil workers.

Sioux Falls Businesses Look To Bakken

May 21, 2014
Hegg Companies

Paul Hegg, President and CEO of Hegg Companies, Inc., delivered a keynote address at last week's South Dakota Real Estate Investors Association meeting.  His presentation, "5 Reasons Sioux Falls Entrepreneurs Need to Expand to the Bakken Today," detailed specific actions Sioux Falls small business owners can take advantage of an unprecedented expansion on South Dakota's border.

Frac Sand Not In South Dakota

Mar 28, 2014

South Dakota sand won’t be used for North Dakota fracking.  

In hydraulic fracturing high pressure water and chemicals mixed with some sand are pumped underground to break the rocks below the surface and open fractures for oil to flow into production wells. Some state officials hoped South Dakota would have the right quality of sand for use in hydraulic fracturing.
Darren Johnson  is with the state Department of Environment and Natural Resources.  He took part in a study looking for frac sand in the state.  He says South Dakota sand just doesn’t meet the bar.