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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WATFORD CITY -- When Mark Johnsrud bought PowerFuels in 2005, he employed 40 people. Today, the Watford City-based oil services company has more than 1,100 workers, and Johnsrud expects to close on a multi-million dollar merger this year that will make him the CEO and majority shareholder of a publicly-traded company, Heckmann Corp. Dick Heckmann, who will serve as executive chairman of Heckmann Corp., gives Johnsrud a lot of credit for seeing the needs of North Dakota's oil industry and the skills to manage the company that grew rapidly with the boom. "I think that he saw the shale develop
RAY -- Developer Tom Serie could fill two 12-plex apartment buildings here tomorrow. But a major hurdle is keeping Serie from putting a shovel in the ground: The city doesn't have enough sewer capacity. "I've got subcontractors ready to go to work," said Serie, developer with Guardian Inn Inc. from Luverne, Minn. "We're anxious to start." Ray, which has grown from 592 residents in the 2010 Census count to about 1,000, has maxed out the capacity of its wastewater pond, said city engineer Lonni Fleck. City leaders in Tioga, about 15 miles west of Ray, were faced with a similar dilemma.
McHENRY -- In the middle of a hay field, 30 men are sleeping on pillow top mattresses, watching satellite TV and eating steaks grilled to order. The journeymen linemen who are working near McHenry on a major transmission line project are living in a mobile crew camp that will follow them as their work moves. The mobile camp is a first for Target Logistics, the Boston-based company that has large crew camps in northwest North Dakota housing oil workers. The camp that opened in August just outside of McHenry consists of 24 53-foot trailers that can be easily moved and set up at a new location
WILLISTON -- Bob Martin borrows a quote from author J.R.R.
MEDORA -- North Dakota's top oil and gas regulator took aim at federal agencies Thursday for unnecessarily interfering with the state's energy development. Lynn Helms, director of the Department of Mineral Resources, said North Dakota's approach is to let the market work and intervene when it doesn't.
MEDORA -- A wildlife conservationist and an oil company representative shared a stage here Wednesday during the North Dakota Petroleum Council's annual meeting. At first glance the two may seem to be on opposite sides, but the oil industry and outdoor groups have a lot in common, said Dave Searle, manager of government affairs for Marathon Oil. "In many cases the sporting groups are us," Searle said after nearly everyone in the audience raised their hand to indicate they love hunting, fishing and other outdoor activities. Terry Fleck, chairman of the North Dakota Energy Forum, helped bring
WILLISTON -- North Dakota Sen. John Hoeven announced Tuesday he will introduce this week new hydraulic fracturing legislation that would give states more power to regulate energy development. Hoeven, who is hosting Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, on a tour of the Bakken this week, says states, not the federal government, are best equipped to be the primary regulators of hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking. "Hydraulic fracturing, depending on where you do it, is very different," Hoeven said.
WILLISTON - Sen. John Hoeven announced today he will introduce this week new hydraulic fracturing legislation called the EmpowerStates Act. Hoeven, who is hosting Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, on atour of the Bakken this week, says states, not the federal government, shouldbe the primary regulators of hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking. "Hydraulic fracturing, depending on where you do it, is verydifferent," Hoeven said.
WILLISTON -- Delta Air Lines is adding jet service between Williston and Minneapolis-St. Paul, making it the second major airline to add service to the Oil Patch hub. Delta's twice-daily, nonstop jet service will begin Nov. 12, Sen. John Hoeven announced Monday at Williston's Sloulin Field International Airport during a visit to the Bakken. "Western North Dakota, certainly led by Williston and the whole region, is leading the way for energy development in this country," Hoeven said. "But with that comes real impacts.
WILLISTON -- With an influx of new students moving to the Oil Patch and North Dakota on track to double the number of reported whooping cough cases this year, health officials are taking action. The North Dakota Department of Health and several other health care partners are teaming up to offer mass vaccination clinics in Williston and Watford City this fall to minimize the spread of preventable diseases in schools. As northwest North Dakota schools see jumps in enrollment, health officials are unsure of the vaccination status of new students, said Kirby Kruger, director of the Division of D