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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NEW TOWN -- Plans for an oil refinery on the Fort Berthold Reservation, the first major refinery to be built in the United States in more than 30 years, cleared a milestone Wednesday. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced Wednesday approval of an application from the Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Reservation for the refinery. The tribes requested that the Bureau of Indian Affairs accept a 469-acre piece of property into trust, a key step to let the refinery project move forward. "This is a historic day," Salazar said from the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara tribal headq
WILLISTON -- In a town in need of workers, one family is providing five new employees. The Livings family recently moved from Colorado to the Williston area after mom Dana Livings was hired to open Williston's new Hampton Inn as the manager. "I enjoy opening hotels," said Dana, who has worked in the hotel business for about 20 years.
WILLISTON -- A rare earthquake near here last week wasn't strong enough for people to notice, but that doesn't mean it was insignificant. While the North Dakota Department of Mineral Resources says it's unlikely that oil development caused it, some quake experts say it can't be ruled out. The Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology detected a 3.3 magnitude earthquake about 12 miles south-southeast of Williston at 5:53 a.m. Sept.
WILLISTON -- An Atlanta firm wants to build a pyramid near Williston that would be the state's tallest building and house 500 apartments, a mall, an entertainment center and more. New Cimarron City, proposed by an investment group led by Camp and Associates, would be 371 feet tall with apartments built into four sides and the interior filled with retail stores, a movie theater, bowling alley, restaurants and indoor parking for 1,200 vehicles. The pyramid would have exterior patios for the apartments and an exterior walkway surrounded by solar panels.
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.
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
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
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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