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 -- Natural gas that would be wasted at a well site here is instead being converted to electricity and delivering power into the electrical grid. The technology is one example of methods being developed by Bismarck-based Blaise Energy that seek to reduce the amount of natural gas flared in North Dakota. "Nobody likes to see the flaring, especially the industry and the regulatory people," said Mark Wald, owner of Blaise Energy.
WATFORD CITY -- A national campaign will debut in Watford City next week to encourage men in the Oil Patch to take a stand against domestic violence. A town hall meeting called Healthy Masculinity and the Patch is set for 10 a.m.
WILLISTON - The woman who reported that she had been shot at the Williston Walmart last week instead accidentally shot herself, according to court records. Alexandra Simon is charged in Williams County District Court with reckless endangerment, a Class C felony, and discharging a firearm in city limits, a Class B misdemeanor. Court records say Williston police responded early Friday to a report that a woman had been shot in the Walmart area.
WILLISTON -- Louisiana native Dex Comardelle brings Southern hospitality to North Dakota workforce housing. The 23-year-old was working toward a degree in hospitality management at the University of Louisiana when he started to hear about North Dakota's oil boom. Comardelle and his father, Ricky, who has provided living quarters for offshore drilling operations in the Gulf of Mexico for 25 years, decided to team up.
PARSHALL -- Ambulance volunteers in western North Dakota are so stressed they can't leave for a weekend because there's no one to cover for them, said the director of an Oil Patch ambulance service. Four southwestern North Dakota ambulance services formed a nonprofit group and are seeking grant funding to hire part-time staff to fill in scheduling gaps. "The volunteers are so active and putting in so much they really need some relief," said Lynn Hartman, administrative director for Dickinson Area Ambulance. Emergency services in the Oil Patch were highlighted Thursday during a meeting of th
POWERS LAKE -- Bacon-wrapped jalapeno poppers. Cajun pastalaya. Mom's banana pudding. While the goal of the fifth-annual Bakken Rocks CookFest is to give back to the communities where the oil companies operate, it also has become a serious culinary competition. The winner doesn't get more than a plaque and bragging rights, but it gives oilfield workers the chance to show off secret recipes and grilling skills. "Food is definitely a big part of the culture out here," said Tessa Sandstrom, who coordinates the event for the North Dakota Petroleum Council.
BISMARCK - More temporary oil workers are expected in Williston, Dickinson and Minot this summer to catch up on a backlog of wells that need hydraulic fracturing, North Dakota's top oil and gas regulator said Monday. Lynn Helms, director of the Department of Mineral Resources, said drilling crews are outpacing well completion crews.
WATFORD CITY -- A Colorado man is lucky to be alive after an oil tanker truck rolled down a hill here late Saturday and pushed the camper where he was sleeping into an adjacent house. Three employees of oilfield rental equipment business Atigun Inc. were at the house they share in Watford City about 10:45 p.m.
TIOGA -- As an intern, Maxwell Johnson is already working to make the oil boom a little easier on North Dakota residents. The University of North Dakota student is interning for Hess Corp.
WATFORD CITY -- The visitor center of the Theodore Roosevelt National Park North Unit will close this month after unprecedented rainfall caused the Badlands soil under the building to shift. Park Superintendent Valerie Naylor said unstable bentonite clay in the area absorbs a lot of water, which is causing the center's interior walls to crack and the floor to buckle.