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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GRAND FORKS - The North Dakota Geological Survey is working to take the temperature of the Williston Basin. Temperature data scientists have about the Bakken and other areas below the surface is questionable, said geologist Stephan Nordeng. "Right now we're relying on data that's mostly unreliable," Nordeng said. A research project Nordeng is leading seeks to develop temperature profiles of 12 to 15 abandoned oil wells in western North Dakota. Accurate temperature information is important for several applications, including designing fluid for hydraulic fracturing, determining how much oil
WILLISTON -- When former Bison football player Scott Stoczynski learned that he'd be stationed in Williston with the North Dakota Highway Patrol, he joked with his sister that she should join him. Angela Stoczynski, two years older than her brother, had been struggling to find a teaching job in the family's home state of Illinois. "I jokingly said one day, 'I'm going out to Williston.
WATFORD CITY -- Former NFL coach Mike Ditka will be a featured guest Thursday at an oil company's grand opening event in Watford City. Ditka will speak during an event sponsored by Canary, previously Frontier Energy Group, which is celebrating the completion of a new 45,000-square-foot facility in Watford City. The event is from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday at 2438 U.S. Highway 85 N. in Watford City and is free and open to the public. Ditka is scheduled to speak at 11 a.m.
TIOGA -- If you stop at a Farmers Union convenience store, you probably expect to get gas, maybe some work gloves and some coffee. At the new Travel Plaza in Tioga, you can find the basics, plus get a pedicure, buy fire-resistant coveralls and a sit-down meal of barbecued ribs. The 40,000-square-foot Farmers Union Oil of Stanley and Tioga opened this summer. "We're trying to be a one-stop shop," said assistant manager TJ Cornett.
BISMARCK -- A Duluth, Minn., energy company announced Wednesday it plans to create an energy corridor that could efficiently transport oil and natural gas produced in North Dakota and reduce natural gas flaring. ALLETE, an energy company that has a 465-mile electrical transmission line from central North Dakota to Duluth, said it plans to work with other energy companies to locate pipelines along its existing right-of-way. ALLETE officials made the announcement from the North Dakota Capitol on Wednesday with Gov.
BISMARCK -- A Duluth, Minn., energy company announced today it plans to create an energy corridor that could efficiently transport oil and natural gas produced in North Dakota and reduce natural gas flaring. ALLETE, an energy company that has a 465-mile electrical transmission line from central North Dakota to Duluth, said it plans to work with other energy companies to locate pipelines along its existing right-of-way. ALLETE officials made the announcement from the North Dakota Capitol this morning with Gov.
WATFORD CITY -- The groundbreaking for a highway project here Tuesday marked a huge step toward improving the quality of life for Oil Patch residents, local leaders said. A U.S. Highway 85 bypass will improve safety and ease congestion in Watford City, where 3,700 trucks travel on Main Street each day. Watford City Mayor Brent Sanford called the project "monumental" and said it will address traffic safety in the community where the state's drilling activity is most concentrated. "I believe that our cries have been heard.
GRAND FORKS -- Kenmare oil man Bob Mau has watched the price of oil hit as low as $4.83 a barrel and as high as $150 a barrel. But the entrepreneur managed to weather the ups and downs, going from worrying about how to pay the electricity bill to taking on a new gold-mining adventure in Alaska. Mau, with nearly 40 years in the oil and gas business, was inducted into the North Dakota Petroleum Council's Hall of Fame last week at the annual meeting in Grand Forks. Mau started working in the oilfield in 1975 as a way to subsidize his family farm southwest of Mohall.
While many say the importance of the Keystone XL pipeline has dimmed for the Bakken, North Dakota congressional leaders continue to call for its approval, citing its creation of jobs and promotion of North American energy security. Thursday marked the fifth anniversary of TransCanada's application to the U.S. State Department for the 1,700-mile pipeline from Alberta to Texas. While the southern half has been approved, the northern section of the pipeline has twice been blocked by the Obama administration.
GRAND FORKS -- The head of BNSF Railway says federal regulators will have to find a balance in creating incentives for railroads to upgrade to newer tanks cars while ensuring there's enough old cars available to handle the huge volumes of Bakken oil being shipped by rail. BNSF CEO Matt Rose said Bakken shipments are extremely important to the railway, which is now responsible for transporting a majority of oil produced in North Dakota. "We're filling a gap in the network of transportation," said Rose, speaking in Grand Forks to the North Dakota Petroleum Council Rail transportation will con