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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TIOGA, N.D. - Oil well pads are getting bigger in western North Dakota as companies figure out how to get the most oil out of the Bakken. Hess Corp. has the Bakken's largest well pad with 18 wells on a single location, but the state's top oil regulator says he expects to see mega-pads get even larger. "At any time in the not too distant future, their record is going to be eclipsed," said Lynn Helms, director of the Department of Mineral Resources.
WILLISTON, N.D. — Bidding was competitive Thursday as auctioneers sold off 23 vacant lots owned by Halliburton in Williston. Twenty-one residential lots in Williston's Harvest Hills neighborhood sold for between $30,000 and $40,000 each. Williams County listed the value of the residential lots as between $50,000 and $70,000 in 2015. Tom Rolfstad, Williston's former economic development director, said the sale prices went higher than he expected. "I think it's a sign of optimism," Rolfstad said.
BISMARCK — A proposal to limit who can comment at oil and gas hearings "got the ax" after the public overwhelmingly opposed it. The North Dakota Industrial Commission had considered adding a definition of "interested party" to the state's oil and gas statutes related to who could appear at certain hearings or submit comments. The proposal defined an interested part as "an individual or number of individuals that have a property ownership or management interest in or adjacent to the subject matter."
BISMARCK — The North Dakota Industrial Commission on Wednesday suspended a $950,000 fine against a trucking company accused of illegal dumping after the company filed an appeal in district court. Commissioners also ordered Black Hills Trucking to post a $45,000 bond, the amount state regulators estimate it would cost to clean up contamination from saltwater that was dumped on a Williams County gravel road in 2014.
WILLISTON, N.D. – Worker housing crew camps will continue to be in limbo in Williston, but the city’s mayor said Tuesday he hopes to have a resolution by the end...
WILLISTON. – Some oilfield companies that laid off workers in the Bakken are now hiring again, particularly for jobs related to hydraulic fracturing. The Williston office of Job Service North...
WATFORD CITY - An autopsy shows that an oilfield worker who died Saturday was killed as the result of a fall, the second time a worker for the same company...
ROSS, N.D. – The oilfield worker who died Monday after being struck by equipment has been identified as Paul William Green II, 36, of Alger, Mich., the Mountrail County Sheriff’s...
WILLISTON — City leaders in Williston are trying to figure out how to respond to a judge's ruling on crew camps that may have some unintended consequences. U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland ruled this week that Williston cannot enforce its ordinance on temporary housing until further notice, a victory for crew camp operators who challenged the city's July 1 ban on worker housing.
WATFORD CITY – Co-workers of the men involved in Saturday’s oilfield explosion that killed one and injured three are raising money for medical bills and other expenses. “The guys that...