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Photo by Amy Dalrymple/Forum Communications A drilling rig towers over a residential neighborhood in Williston. The operating company, Statoil, is taking steps to minimize the impacts to residents.

Backyard view to the oil boom: Statoil drills 4 wells adjacent to Williston homes

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WILLISTON -- Residents of one of Williston's newest neighborhoods now have an up-close view of a drilling rig.

Statoil is drilling four wells in northwest Williston, adjacent to many homes and a developing residential area.


For Fargo man Chuck Horejsi, who is renting a room in a house near the rig this summer, seeing the derrick from his bedroom window is unusual.

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Amy Dalrymple

Amy Dalrymple is a Forum News Service reporter stationed in the Oil Patch. She can be reached at or (701) 580-6890.