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Staying safe while working an oil rig during wintertime

The oil industry in North Dakota is booming right now, and many families are benefiting economically as a result. The pay is generous along with the benefits. Many hard-working North Dakota residents are eager to earn a good income to provide for their families. However, one unfortunate event at work may cause severe injury, both physically and financially.

Oil rig workers are already subject to long work hours for weeks on end during daytime and nighttime hours. It is especially dangerous during the winter months on an oil rig since new hazards come with the changing weather. Here are some of the many dangers oil rig workers face during extreme cold:

Oil field workers face a high risk of injury after record year

Last month, the U.S. Energy Information Administration announced that North Dakota set a record-breaking year for crude oil production. As a result, the United States now produces more oil than any other nation.

While this is good for the economy, it can also present risks to workers in the nation’s oil fields. In the last three years, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported oil and gas workers were involved in almost 500 hospitalizations and 150 amputations. Additionally, the CDC reported over 1,000 workers died in oil field accidents in the past 15 years.

Considerations for safe motorcycle riding this winter

While most motorcyclists only ride in the summer months, a few dedicated people continue to ride throughout the year. On Nov. 23, a motorcycle driver and passenger were injured in a crash with a minivan, according to The Bismarck Tribune. The article did not report a cause for the crash, but noted that neither person on the bike was wearing a helmet.

Helmets are not legally required in North Dakota for drivers or passengers over 18 years old. However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that helmets reduce the risk of death by 37 percent and reduce the risk of head injury by 69 percent for motorcyclists who are in an accident.

What compensation are you entitled to after a vehicle accident?

Vehicle accidents occur too frequently in North Dakota. According to the Department of Transportation, more than 15,000 vehicle accidents occur every year in North Dakota. These crashes result in property damage, injury and even death. In fact, auto accidents are the number one cause of injury-related death in the state.

Even though crashes are common, accidents are still incredibly traumatic. You may suffer from serious injuries requiring hospitalization, rehabilitation or even long-term care. You could also be dealing with anxiety and stress from the accident. If your medical bills start to pile up, and you may question how to pay for it all. Here is what you need to know about pursuing compensation after a vehicle accident.

Judge rules state should not interfere with oil refinery

North Dakota Judge Patrick Ward ruled the state should not be allowed to interfere with the construction of an oil refinery near Theodore Roosevelt National Park in Medora, North Dakota. This could clear the way for the $800 million project to move forward.

High hopes despite lower oil production in June

As May had a record high for oil production in North Dakota this year, it can be difficult to follow it up. Recently, it was confirmed that production went down 2 percent in June as the producers held back activity to focus on maintaining the natural gas limit. Despite the drop, the state still produced a fair amount of oil and capped off at nearly 1.23 million barrels.

Many are unsure of what to think of the oil industry currently due to declining production around the nation and the tariffs on foreign trade. However, many experts in the field are expecting a positive change in prices and production within the upcoming months.

May was a record month for North Dakota oil and gas

Oil and gas production in North Dakota continues to rise throughout 2018. As per usual, production increased as the weather warmed up, but the rates are not just consistent with recent years. May marked the state’s most productive oil and gas month in years.

The state’s production levels hit record highs for both oil and gas in May. The per-day production rate increased by more than 17,000 barrels since the previous record in December 2014.

Oil industry leaders commend the Dakota Access Pipeline

On the one year anniversary, oil industry leaders discussed the controversial pipeline and claimed it as a "game changer for the Bakken." According to Energy Transfer Partners CEO, Kelcy Warren, the pipeline is running near its capacity at 570,000 barrels of crude oil per day.

Dakota Access began operating on June 1, 2017. In one year, the Bakken's weighted average price started at $7.41 and dropped to $4.66. It was a $3.05 price improvement from June 2017 to April 2018. The state's Pipeline Authority Justin Kringstad said there would be an additional $111 million in state tax revenues.

Oil growth continues – watch for injury

Local residents will know that when the warmer months approach, oil pumping gets into full swing.

In a few months, North Dakota could be rolling out more than 1.2 million barrels per day – a recording-breaking figure when you think there are more or less the same amount of rigs compared to a few years ago.

Bakken shale back "in-the-money"

The Bakken region is no stranger to speculation. For years, the region was robust and producing large quantities of oil, before hitting a lull in which many experts and armchair analysts predicted the death (or at least a large-scale rollback) of the region's oil production.

Now, however, as oil hits $70 a barrel, North Dakota's oil wells are again looking like cash cows according to a recent report by Bloomberg.

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