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Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrecty reported Jeff LeDosquet has a son who is a high school senior; his youngest child is a daughter. WILLISTON — Jeff LeDosquet expected to celebrate 25 years in the oil industry last week. Instead, the 51-year-old is hunting for a new job after low oil prices caused him to be laid off six weeks before hitting that milestone. “It was quite a shock to me, really,” he said.
WILLISTON — New rules for conditioning Bakken crude oil take effect today, but will they improve the safety of transporting crude by rail? The industry and state regulators say yes. Critics say no. And a scientist researching the issue says we don’t know yet. So how is the public supposed to make sense of it all?
WILLISTON — As Williston prepares for another year of record births, Mercy Medical Center celebrated Tuesday the completion of a new Women’s Health Clinic. A record 804 babies were born in Williston in 2014, and practice manager Tim Olson said officials project that births could exceed 900 this year. The newly renovated clinic adds two new OB/GYN physicians and a nurse practitioner to serve the rapidly growing community. “It’s greatly needed and it’s going to be a huge asset to this community,” Olson said. Mercy Medical Center recruited physicians Dr.
MINOT — Halliburton will suspend operations in Minot starting April 1 and close the facility, a spokeswoman confirmed Tuesday. The oilfield services company will transfer a majority of Minot employees to Halliburton locations in Williston and Dickinson, spokeswoman Susie McMichael said in a statement. She declined to answer questions about how many jobs were cut or being transferred. “Halliburton is closing the facility as a result of changing business needs from its customers,” McMichael said in the statement. In response to low oil prices, Halliburton said in February it would cut betwee
WILLISTON, N.D. – State officials are investigating about 100 filter socks that were improperly disposed of in north Williston, the Department of Mineral Resources said Thursday. Clean-up is expected to begin today to remove the new and used filter socks discovered by a citizen who reported the oilfield waste to authorities on Monday, said department spokeswoman Alison Ritter.
WILLISTON, N.D. – An undercover human trafficking sting in Williston last week led to the arrests of two alleged traffickers and eight men who were seeking to buy sex, as well as two felony drug charges. Prosecutors in Williams County filed human trafficking charges Monday against Charles David Norton, 44, and Rasheed Abdul Rahim, 42, who were arrested last week after they allegedly transported women who had placed online prostitution ads.
WILLISTON — The pipeline that ruptured and spilled nearly 3 million gallons of saltwater, contaminating a nearby creek and two rivers near Williston, could have been monitored remotely but the system wasn’t turned on, a regulator said last week. Meadowlark Midstream, a subsidiary of Summit Midstream, relied on checking meters by hand rather than a more sophisticated system that had been installed, said Lynn Helms, director of the Department of Mineral Resources. The investigation into the spill is still ongoing, but Helms estimates the pipeline was leaking for more than 12 days before the ru
WATFORD CITY — Adam and Elizabeth Powell came to North Dakota as a package deal. The newlyweds who recently completed serving four years in the U.S. Navy moved to Watford City to take on leadership roles with a startup energy company. The couple met while serving on the same ship in San Diego. Even before they began dating, Adam was talking about moving to North Dakota after he left the Navy and researching jobs in the oil industry. “It seemed like a potentially good fit for what my skills and background were,” said Adam, 26. “It’s exciting.
BISMARCK — The North Dakota Industrial Commission approved Wednesday an exception from its flaring goals but directed state regulators to draft a policy to address such scenarios in the future. The three commissioners voted unanimously to grant an exception to Hess Corp. for failing to meet the gas capture goals when unexpected delays occurred during an expansion project. Hess was adding capacity at its Hawkeye Compressor Station near New Town to process more natural gas, but the company had to shut down some operations for 24 days in November and December.
WILLISTON — A documentary about the Bakken will be one of the films up for an Oscar Sunday night. “White Earth,” a 20-minute film about North Dakota’s oil boom from the perspective of three children and an immigrant mother, has received critical acclaim, including an Academy Award nomination for documentary short subject. Director and producer J.