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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TIOGA -- An RV camp here that was recently full of workers and their families is now abandoned with wooden pallets, a dozen coolers, a set of dumbbells and other debris left behind. Researchers studying North Dakota's crew camps retraced their steps Saturday to find that their favorite camp from their visit six months ago is now deserted. Some of the camping spots appeared to have been abandoned fairly recently -- and quickly -- with a six-pack of beer, food in some of the coolers and a rug still hanging on a clothesline. The team of University of North Dakota professors, an archaeologist a
BISMARCK -- Chancellor Hamid Shirvani has told certain legislators that five of the 11 college presidents are unqualified or insubordinate and will probably be relieved, an example of the overbearing style of leadership that has some lawmakers pushing for his removal, a Bismarck legislator said Wednesday. Rep.
WILLISTON -- A second petition seeking a grand jury investigation of Gov. Jack Dalrymple related to oil industry campaign contributions was filed Monday in Dunn County District Court, signed by more than 250 people. The case is assigned to Southwest Judicial District Court Judge William Herauf, the same judge who dismissed a similar petition because it failed to have enough signatures.
BISMARCK -- A bill in the North Dakota House seeks to change the process for citizen-initiated grand juries, a statute few were aware was on the books until Dunn County residents petitioned to investigate the governor last year. Rep.
WILLISTON -- Concordia College graduate Nicole Pomerleau knew the Williston Middle School would be a good fit for her first teaching job after meeting with recruiters at a job fair. But she was wary after hearing stories about the town in the middle of an oil boom, so Pomerleau decided to visit Williston and see the town for herself before signing a contract. "You hear so many horrible things," said Pomerleau, a band and music teacher.
KEENE -- Frank and Wanda Leppell already have three oil wells one-quarter mile from their front picture window. They don't want wells any closer. "That's the view we're going to have for the rest of our lives," said Frank, who watched the wells get drilled from his living room. The McKenzie County farmers and ranchers are pushing for new legislation that would require oil wells to be located 1,000 feet away from homes instead of the current setback of 500 feet. "We decided enough's enough," Wanda said.
WILLISTON -- A report released Tuesday criticizes state and federal agencies for falling behind with regulating oil and gas activity, but says North Dakota is doing better than other western states. The "Law and Order in the Oil and Gas Fields" report by the Western Organization of Resource Councils and the Dakota Resource Council calls for more inspectors to keep up with expanding oil development. Donald Nelson, a Keene-area rancher and member of the resource councils, said even though North Dakota compares favorably to other states in the study, which were Montana, Wyoming, Colorado and Ne
BISMARCK -- When Terry Fleck goes fishing or hunting, he aims to leave the area better than how he found it. That's the same attitude the Bismarck man hopes oil and gas companies will have about development in North Dakota. Fleck spent 30 years in the radio and television industry and retired to become a public speaker known as The Attitude Doctor. Now Fleck is using his skills as a communicator to bring together the oil industry with outdoor and wildlife groups to promote energy development while minimizing the impact to the state he loves. "We would hope that North Dakota is a better pla
BISMARCK -- The North Dakota Industrial Commission late Thursday unanimously approved a plan to drill for oil in an area of the Killdeer Mountains that received widespread opposition, but added several stipulations to address some of the concerns. Denying a request from Hess Corp.
BISMARCK -- Backers of a new refinery in North Dakota say a bill asking for a tax exemption for oil refined in the state was a "fiasco," but a corrected bill expected to be filed today would benefit the state. Chester Trabucco, chairman and CEO of Dakota Oil Processing, which is developing a diesel refinery near Trenton, said a bill that was unanimously rejected in the House seeking an exemption from the 6.5 percent oil extraction tax for oil refined in North Dakota should not have been introduced. Instead, Dakota Oil Processing is seeking an exemption that would only occur during months whe