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 -- 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.
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.
WILLISTON -- A man arrested in connection with a fatal shooting at a Tioga crew camp is expected to appear in court today on charges of murder and attempted murder. Victor Scott Lamont, 24, Lufkin, Texas, also faces two charges of terrorizing for allegedly threatening two additional victims at the Wanzek camp along U.S. Highway 2. Lamont is accused in Williams County District Court of fatally shooting Gerald Schild of Katy, Texas, in the upper torso. He also is accused of shooting Travis Lomax of Fort Smith, Ark., in the abdomen during the shooting that was reported at 10:15 p.m.
WATFORD CITY -- Jessie Veeder has a story for every hill and tree on her family's ranch on the edge of North Dakota's Badlands. Now the land that's been in her family for nearly 100 years has an oil well, three pipelines and other signs of oil development Jessie doesn't recognize. But as much as Jessie would like to see fewer trucks driving through the ranch that inspires her as a musician, she's grateful for the opportunities the oil industry is giving her family. Oil development is providing new revenue sources for the ranch her parents once struggled to support.
BERTHOLD -- Fourteen months ago, the general manager of the Berthold Farmers Elevator worried how he would keep everyone on the payroll during such a wet season. Today, as a result of two partnerships with the oil industry, the elevator is poised to nearly double its revenue and add up to 40 new workers. The most significant collaboration is an Enbridge Pipelines expansion that includes a railcar loading facility that will be operated by elevator employees. "It's going to be a big deal for us," said Dan DeRouchey, who manages elevators in the towns of Berthold and Carpio, which are about 25
New chancellor examining system leadership By Amy Dalrymple Forum Communications WILLISTON, N.D.
WILLISTON -- University leaders pledged Monday to examine how student fees are managed, but said many issues raised in a recent state audit are already being addressed and some were overblown. North Dakota State University President Dean Bresciani told a group of legislators that many concerns raised in the State Auditor's Office performance audit on student fees dated back to 2007 and his new administration has made changes to improve accountability. NDSU also recently adopted a new tuition model that aims to improve transparency and eliminate confusion about fees.