Amy Dalrymple is a Forum News Service reporter stationed in the Oil Patch. She can be reached at email@example.com or (701) 580-6890.
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WILLISTON -- Williams County farmer Blaine Jorgenson doesn't need pipeline markers to show him where the oil and gas gathering lines are below his property. Jorgenson can see trenches where pipelines have settled as he scans his fields, and he knows to use caution when driving over them with certain equipment. "In places, they're pretty sharp," said the lifelong Williams County resident. Jorgenson has four gathering lines on his property and additional pipelines on farmland he rents.
MINOT -- An Enbridge Pipelines proposal would transport Bakken crude from northwest North Dakota to Superior, Wis., expanding export capacity and increasing market opportunities. Enbridge is in the early planning stages for the Sandpiper Pipeline, which could transport about 225,000 barrels per day, said Katie Haarsager, community relations adviser for Enbridge. If it's approved, the earliest it could go into service is late 2015 or early 2016. "It's still pretty high level in the development stage," Haarsager said. The exact route for the 500-plus-mile pipeline is still being determined,
WILLISTON -- A petition to initiate a grand jury investigation of Gov.
WILLISTON -- The Keystone XL pipeline, a point of contention during the presidential campaign, will likely move forward regardless of who is elected Tuesday, say current and former leaders from both parties. But which president is at the helm could affect how quickly the pipeline is approved. Republican candidate Mitt Romney has said he will approve the Keystone XL pipeline, which would transport oil from Canada to Texas, on the day he's sworn in.
WILLISTON -- A petition seeking a Dunn County grand jury investigation of Gov. Jack Dalrymple has "baseless" accusations and is politically motivated, his campaign office said Thursday. Amanda Godfread, communications coordinator for the campaign, said allegations contained in the petition that oil industry contributions Dalrymple's campaign accepted could be considered bribery are "completely untrue." "It's obvious that it's politically motivated," Godfread said.
WILLISTON -- Sen. John Hoeven has added a full-time staff member in Williston to serve constituents of western North Dakota. Hoeven on Tuesday named Jon Cameron, the former city administrator for Valley City, to be his western North Dakota field representative. Hoeven, who got to know Cameron well during the 2009 flood, said Cameron has a proven track record of serving the public and working with local, state and federal agencies. Hoeven said he believes he is the first member of the federal delegation to have a full-time staff person in western North Dakota.
WILLISTON -- Mark and Mary Pettersen could have built a conventional home near Williston.
BISMARCK -- Brenda Jorgenson wasn't used to being a public speaker or environmental advocate. But the third-generation farmer and rancher near White Earth is becoming one as she works to prevent oil development from harming the White Earth Valley for future generations. "I've learned that I have to because I feel that I've been called to be a steward of the land that we've been privileged to farm and ranch," she said. Jorgenson and two other residents in the epicenter of North Dakota's oil development spoke about the impacts Saturday during the Dakota Resource Council's annual meeting in Bi
WILLISTON -- While catering events around the country, mobile food vendors Ernie and Jo Bingham met people who worked in North Dakota's oil country. Over and over, those customers begged the Binghams to bring their Big Iron Kitchen to Williston. It was just the invitation the Montana couple needed to move closer to family. "We loved Williston and that was the perfect excuse for us to come here," Jo said. Business was good for the couple when they traveled the country, but it meant being away from their four children, who are all in their 20s.
MINOT -- The state's oil-producing counties are building a united front to change how oil tax revenue is distributed so they can better keep up with rapid growth. Members of the North Dakota Association of Oil and Gas Producing Counties discussed new ways of allocating that money during their annual meeting Thursday in Minot. "Our ultimate goal is to go into the legislative session in January with one voice with our western leaders and legislators to get our needs addressed and funded," said Dan Brosz, president of the group, which represents 19 counties that have oil, gas or leasing develop