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 -- Williston's ban on RVs begins today in residential areas, but city leaders say they'll ease residents into it because new RV parks are still in the process of opening. The ordinance adopted by the Williston City Commission makes it illegal to live in an RV outside of a designated RV park.
NEW TOWN -- Getting evicted may have a happy ending for residents of a 45-unit mobile home park on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation. Residents of the Prairie Winds Trailer Court have until the end of today to move out after the property was purchased to be used for employee housing for United Prairie Cooperative, formerly Cenex of New Town. Christine Danks, who lived in the park for about a year, said residents feared they'd be homeless because of the area's housing shortage that's been exacerbated by oil development.
TIOGA -- Drilling rigs that can walk and hydraulic fracturing techniques that recycle water were highlighted Wednesday during a legislative tour of the Oil Patch. As North Dakota's oil production matures, companies are becoming more efficient and using technologies that reduce the environmental footprint, industry leaders said during a tour organized by the North Dakota Petroleum Council. Companies are replacing older drilling rigs with hydraulic "walking rigs" that can efficiently drill multiple wells on the same location, said Kathy Neset, of Neset Consulting Service in Tioga. "The techno
WILLISTON -- North Dakota's oil boom has Terry Tinnes torn. On one hand, Tinnes makes more money than he knows what to do with while working as a "company man," a position that oversees a drilling rig. But he also has seen so much growth in traffic, noise and crime in his once quiet hometown of Ray that he's leaving the house he grew up in and moving to Minnesota. "We just lost our peace and quiet here," said Tinnes, 51.
ARNEGARD -- A cigarette lighter may have caused a fire at an oil well site Wednesday near here that seriously burned two men, a spokesman for the company that owned the well said. Two men were burned in what the McKenzie County Sheriff's Office called an oil well explosion that was reported at 12:05 p.m. Wednesday. Bruce Ford, 52, and Rod Law, 48, were working at the well owned by Statoil and were badly burned, the sheriff's office said. They were taken by ambulance to Mercy Medical Center in Williston and then flown to the burn center at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, Minn.
TIOGA -- Larry the Cable Guy was among some of his biggest fans Tuesday when he stopped to film a show at an Oil Patch crew camp. "Oh my gosh. We're from the South.
WILLISTON -- Cleanup crews baled contaminated vegetation, scraped away affected soil and power washed equipment Monday after an oil well blowout south of here that sprayed oil and salt water into nearby fields. Meanwhile, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the death of a worker who was struck by a pickup as a worker drove it away from the spewing oil. The blowout, which sprayed 400 barrels of oil and 400 barrels of produced water used for hydraulic fracturing, is not believed to have contaminated water sources, said Kris Roberts, an environmental geologist wit
WILLISTON -- Oil field roughnecks are more like brothers than co-workers. For one drilling crew working near Williston, they hardly see anyone but each other for half the year. They work together for 12 hours a day, rotating between day and night shifts. The five guys live together on location, sleeping on bunk beds inches from each other in a trailer they share with the crew working the opposite shift. At the end of their two-week "hitch," some of them carpool to the states they call home for their two weeks off. They develop close bonds, not just so they can tolerate each other, but so
WILLISTON -- While waiting in line to take a shower at Elite Fitness, Barbara Hylick scolded a man who refused to take off his dirty work boots. The gym offered her a job on the spot. The Orlando, Fla., woman later found housing, a car and new friends through connections at work, and now she's making Williston her home. "I knew with so many things falling into place for me that it was a confirmation I was supposed to be here," Hylick said. Hylick, 50, was managing a restaurant in Florida when her friend, who works as a truck driver in North Dakota, invited her to visit Williston to check o
WILLISTON -- A rumor that spun out of control Wednesday shut down the Williams County 911 system and wasted hours of law enforcement time. The Williams County Sheriff's Office said it received a report at 6:10 a.m. Wednesday from Michael Keith of Lampe, Mo., that he was traveling on Highway 1804 about seven miles east of Williston when he heard something hit his vehicle.