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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BISMARCK - Oil companies operating in North Dakota are keeping the brakes on this spring, but a "big surge in production" is expected this summer and fall, the director of the Department of Mineral Resources said Tuesday. Lynn Helms said he expects the drilling rig count will increase from today's count of 186 to 198 this summer, bringing as many as 2,000 more workers to Oil Patch communities. Helms said he expects winter weather and spring road restrictions will continue affecting oil production for a few more months. "It is going to be May, maybe even June, before production seriously get
WILLISTON -- North Dakota's oil boom is allowing a Fargo woman to make a living doing what she loves. Renae Mitchell always had a passion for photography and decided to make it her profession in 2010. Initially, the single mother of two had a tough time making ends meet with a photography business. Then she decided to showcase some of her work in her hometown of Williston, one of her favorite areas to photograph.
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WILLISTON -- Jessica Taylor spent three months trying to find the right job in Williston. Instead, she found a career. On Thursday, the 28-year-old from Cincinnati was named executive director of the Williston Area Builders Association. A day later she was already helping run the Williston Home Show. Taylor, who moved to North Dakota in December with her fiancé, Jeremy Tankersley, said living in Williston is giving them a chance to be more prosperous. "There's so much opportunity for us here," Taylor said. Tankersley, a welder, owned a shop in Cincinnati but work there had slowed.
BISMARCK -- An amendment to a bill that includes parameters for a new oil tax agreement with the Three Affiliated Tribes moved forward Friday, but legislators indicated it may get more scrutiny at a future hearing. Members of the state Senate adopted several amendments Friday to House Bill 1234, an oil bill that includes an amendment that would equally divide oil taxes generated on the Fort Berthold Reservation between the tribes and the state. Sen.
NEW TOWN -- Oil drilling on the Fort Berthold Reservation could be in danger if state legislators and tribal leaders can't reach an agreement on how to share the oil tax revenue. Leaders of the Three Affiliated Tribes are working with state legislators to amend a 2008 agreement that Chairman Tex Hall says is unfair to the reservation. A proposal would send more money to the reservation, but Senate Majority Leader Rich Wardner, R-Dickinson, said it has an "uphill climb" in the state Legislature if it doesn't include a stipulation that the tribes spend a portion of the tax dollars on improving
NEW TOWN -- American Indians are often a forgotten population in Washington, U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp said Wednesday. Heitkamp, D.-N.D., told members of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation she is working to elevate issues from reservations, with a particular focus on addressing the housing crisis. Although many North Dakota communities say their No.
NEW TOWN -- The business council of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation says it cannot condone or tolerate recent comments from Rep.
WILLISTON -- A descendant of Theodore Roosevelt is outraged by how oil development threatens his great-great-grandfather's legacy and is urging people to take action.
BISMARCK -- During a contentious hearing about drilling for oil in the Killdeer Mountains, a critic of Lynn Helms, North Dakota's top oil and gas regulator, inadvertently called him "Mr. Hess." The comment didn't seem intentional, but it reflected an underlying question some people have about Helms and potential conflicts of interest involving Hess Corp. and others in the oil industry he once worked for. Helms worked for Texaco and later what is now Hess Corp. before becoming director of the North Dakota Industrial Commission Oil and Gas Division in 1998.