Amy Dalrymple is a Forum News Service reporter stationed in the Oil Patch. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (701) 580-6890.
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WILLISTON -- Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem announced Wednesday he's directing $3 million from the state's share of a lawsuit settlement to subsidize housing for law enforcement in the Oil Patch. Stenehjem, speaking at the Bakken Housing Conference in Williston, said law enforcement agencies in the oil and gas producing counties are getting qualified applicants, but they can't afford the housing costs in those communities. "Are we having issues with housing? Absolutely," Dickinson Police Department Capt. David Wilkie said. "The entire city is having issues with housing.
WILLISTON -- In the Bakken, the latest slogan is, "Build, baby, build." A Bakken Housing Summit hosted in Williston this week calls for 5,000 new homes to be built in 24 months. Organizer Jeff Zarling said that 5,000 may not be the magic number, but the theme was designed to convey the magnitude of the oil boom on western North Dakota's housing needs to stakeholders around the country. It worked. More than 350 people from 33 states are attending the sold-out summit, representing developers, builders, investors and others in the construction industry.
CROSBY -- A $110 million pipeline project will bring high-quality drinking water to areas of northwest North Dakota that desperately need it, officials said Tuesday. Some independent water providers say this state-backed project will compete with private sales of water to the oil industry, but supporters of the project say there's enough business to go around. Gov. Jack Dalrymple attended a groundbreaking ceremony near Crosby on Tuesday to celebrate the construction of a Western Area Water Supply Project pipeline between Crosby and Wildrose.
WILLISTON -- Twenty-year-old Justin Day moved to North Dakota with no oil field experience. A month later, Day has a job that could pay him six figures this year. But getting that job took research.
LEWIS AND CLARK STATE PARK -- Sit down for a picnic at Lewis and Clark State Park, and you almost forget about the Bakken. Views of Lake Sakakawea and the rugged buttes of the North Dakota Badlands offer an oasis from the flurry of oil activity just a few miles away. But some fear the oil boom is getting too close to some of western North Dakota's parks. Outside the boundaries of Theodore Roosevelt National Park, oil wells, gas flares, traffic and dust are visible to park-goers, said Eileen Andes, chief of interpretation and public affairs. Noise from oil industry equipment can be heard in
WILLISTON -- A Boise, Idaho, man who had been living in Williston for six months was recovering Friday from multiple gunshot wounds in Minot's Trinity Hospital. Williston police identified the man shot early Thursday near a Williston apartment building as Kenneth John Moore Jr., 26. No arrests have been made, but police say this is an isolated incident and they don't believe the public is in danger, said Det. Cory Collings. Police received a report of a medical assist at 1:10 a.m. Thursday in the area of 900 E.
WILLISTON -- Williston police are investigating a shooting that sent one man to the hospital with serious injuries Thursday. Williston Police Chief Jim Lokken said a medical emergency was reported at 1:10 a.m. Thursday in the area of 900 E. Highland Drive. The victim, an unidentified male, was airlifted to a hospital with gunshot wounds, Lokken said. Details of the victim's injuries were not released, but as of late Thursday afternoon the man was alive, Lokken said. No arrests had been made Thursday afternoon. Lokken said the public is not in danger.
NEW TOWN -- Federal red tape and redundant regulations threaten to slow oil development on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation, tribal officials and industry leaders said Tuesday. Tex Hall, chairman of the Mandan Hidatsa Arikara Nation, said the tribes oppose federal rules announced Friday that will require companies drilling for oil and gas on public and Indian lands to publicly disclose chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing. Hall, who gave the opening comments Tuesday during the MHA Bakken Oil and Gas Expo, said he's not opposed to disclosing the chemicals, but the proposed federal rules
WILLISTON -- Some Oil Patch crew camps, with rows of dormitory rooms and cabins, are becoming larger than many North Dakota cities. While some see the camps as an answer to the tremendous housing shortage created by the oil boom in northwest North Dakota, many communities have put the brakes on allowing new crew camps. "We thought that they were a solution when it started," said Williams County Commissioner Dan Kalil. "But then it got to be such a land rush that it just got way out of hand." Williams County, with Williston as the county seat, has approved 9,600 temporary housing beds.
WILLISTON -- Some of the best dining in Williston isn't open to the public. Many of the major crew camps that house oil field workers offer full-service cafeterias. The Target Logistics Bear Paw Lodge doesn't cut any corners when it comes to the 800 meals served daily, said chef Jason Freeman. "We have better ingredients to work with here than most big-city French restaurants do," said Freeman, of St. Cloud, Minn.