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 — Getting mail delivered in the Bakken is a frustration for some, but for recent college graduate Dave VanAssche, it inspired his entrepreneurial spirit. The 26-year-old moved to Williston two years ago from Washington state after he couldn’t find work in his field of accounting and finance. “The competition for the entry-level positions is so fierce,” VanAssche said.
WATFORD CITY – A power outage in McKenzie County late Friday and early Saturday caused residents of 1,750 households to seek warmth as temperatures approached 20 below zero. The outage, which for some lasted several hours, is prompting officials in the rapidly growing county to consider purchasing generators and taking other measures to protect residents in extreme cold emergencies. “There are definitely some major issues here,” said Jerry Samuelson, McKenzie County emergency manager. “We have to work on alternative heat sources or shelters if this is going to be an issue.”
WILLISTON – Police here are asking for the public’s help as they investigate a hit-and-run accident that killed a 31-year-old man Thursday night outside of a Williston bar. Police responded at 10:55 p.m. Thursday to J Dub’s Bar and Grill after receiving a report that a pickup struck a pedestrian, said Detective David Peterson with the Williston Police Department.
WILLISTON – Scott Tinker holds a lot of titles as state geologist for Texas and director of an academic oil and gas research program. But his latest titles, narrator and co-producer for the energy documentary “Switch,” may be having the broadest impact as he seeks to educate the public about energy. “There’s a lot of silly policies that get made, maybe well-intended but still silly, by politicians, federal and sometimes state level, because the public doesn’t know much about energy,” Tinker said.
BISMARCK — A North Dakota website detailing oil spills and other environmental incidents is now live. The North Dakota Department of Health created the website, www.ndhealth.gov/ehs/spills , to make information about spills easy to access. Dave Glatt, chief of the Environmental Health Section, said the website had been in the works for a while after staff saw an increase in information requests for spills. The health department received criticism after the recent Tesoro Logistics pipeline leak near Tioga that was discovered Sept. 29 but became public on Oct. 10.
McGREGOR, N.D. – The North Dakota Department of Health is monitoring a 200-barrel spill that occurred at an oil well about 4 miles southeast of here. The spill released flowback...
MARMARTH – Last week’s pipeline leak that spilled 17,000 barrels of saltwater near the Montana-North Dakota state line has not affected the Little Missouri River, the North Dakota Department of...
MAXBASS – A valve leak at a water injection well four miles northwest of here caused a spill of oil and saltwater, the North Dakota Department of Mineral Resources said...
WILLISTON — “Crank it up for another 90 seconds with A Preacher in the Patch …. Oil Patch, that is.” That catchphrase is well-known to radio listeners in western North Dakota, where lifelong Williston man Ron Evitt began a radio ministry in 1997 incorporating his oilfield background. “As I grew up, I wondered about these oilfield hands. Who’s speaking to them?” Evitt said. “I didn’t know of anybody. I’d never heard of an oilfield preacher.”
WATFORD CITY — When a group of Minnesota partners announced they were planning an indoor RV park to house North Dakota oilfield workers, the idea prompted mixed reactions. “So many...