The North Dakota Industrial Commission passed a series of rule changes, that they say will improve safety and efficiency in the oil fields.
In making these rules, the commission collected more than 270 pages worth of written transcripts from oilfield and midstream operators. During a meeting, Governor Doug Burgum said 'industry has to be part of the solutions.'
Among the new rules, either a geologist or a mudlogger must be present the first well site when drilling a new pad. This, they say, will not only improve core samples from the sites, but will also decrease the number of cores significantly.
Other rules include digitizing strength tests for newly-drilled formations and giving companies a 48-hour notice before such a test is taken.