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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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 -- 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.
Target Logistics facilities, Williston: -More than 1,100 beds between the Bear Paw Lodge, Williston North Lodge and the Williston Cabins. -Closed camp with security checkpoint. -Sewage is taken to the Target Logistics waste water treatment plant at the Tioga lodge, which processes 180,000 gallons of sewage per day. -Cost per night at Bear Paw Lodge ranges from $110 to $130, depending on length of contract and number of rooms the company reserves. -Most rooms in Bear Paw Lodge have a shared bathroom between two rooms.
WILLISTON -- While most of 19-year-old Chasitie Hurst's friends are off at college, she's living in a different style of dormitory: a crew camp. The Frisco, Texas, native moved to Williston to work for the Target Logistics Bear Paw Lodge, a temporary housing facility primarily for oil field workers. Although most people refer to such lodges as crew camps, Hurst and many other women also call them home. The Williston Target Logistics facilities, which have more than 1,100 beds, have about 60 women living there, said Terry Legions, assistant camp manager. Some are housekeepers, kitchen staff
WILLISTON -- As a woman working in the oil field, Ale Broschat has a motto she lives by: "The muddier you are, the better you are." The 29-year-old Mexico City native has worked alongside men in the Williston area for four years. She recently became a drilling engineer, but first worked on drilling rigs as part of a cement crew. "You have to show another part of yourself out here," Broschat said.
WILLISTON -- Officials here are limiting access to a community center used by many homeless oil boom workers after human waste was found in a hallway. Larry Grondahl, president of the Williston Park Board, said the Raymond Family Community Center has seen an increase in the number of people who use the facility to shower because they live in campers or sleep in their cars. That has caused problems with people trashing the bathrooms and leaving beard trimmings and hair all over, Grondahl said. "There are some people who are coming here who don't give a darn about Williston," Grondahl said.
WILLISTON -- City commissioners here delayed a decision on a proposed RV ban after an overflow crowd overwhelmingly opposed it Tuesday. Commissioners decided to give people 30 days to submit comments on a proposal that would make it illegal to live in a camper that is not part of an RV park. Many opponents, including Shannon Michels, who represented Kum & Go convenience stores, told commissioners the city will lose its workforce if the ban moves forward.