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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WILLISTON -- For UPS driver Zack Reyes, every second counts. Delivering packages to a booming city with new addresses added daily is challenging any time of the year. During the holiday season, the Williston UPS sees so much volume, it has to rent U-Haul and Budget moving trucks to handle the extra packages. "We almost can't grow fast enough," Reyes said. Reyes, a 30-year-old Tennessee native, has lived in Williston for about six months. He didn't move to North Dakota for the oil boom. He moved for the weather. For real. Reyes, who served in the U.S.
WILLISTON -- An oil well in McKenzie County is being called a "game-changer" for the Bakken. Continental Resources announced this month the first well to successfully produce oil deeper into the Three Forks zone of the Bakken oil system, a milestone that could mean there is more recoverable oil in North Dakota than originally estimated. John Harju, associate director for research with the Energy and Environmental Research Center at the University of North Dakota, said Continental's test deeper into the Three Forks is significant for the state. "This is really exciting news and dramatically
NEW TOWN -- An armed man wanted on drug charges barricaded himself inside a New Town home Wednesday, causing neighboring homes to be evacuated and heightened security at nearby schools. FBI spokesman Kyle Loven said the FBI was working with state and local law enforcement to peacefully resolve the situation involving a man wanted by law enforcement in Colorado on narcotics charges. The situation was fluid, but Loven said he believed the man was alone in a residence of the western North Dakota town.
WILLISTON - North Dakota oil production increased at a more moderate pace in October, according to numbers released Monday, but operators have ambitious plans for 2013. Preliminary numbers show that North Dakota produced 747,239 barrels of oil per day in October, a 2.5 percent increase since September and another all-time high for the state, said Lynn Helms, director of the Department of Mineral Resources. Previous months saw production increases closer to 4 percent, Helms said. Some of that slowdown is because the cost of drilling and completing a well rapidly escalated in 2012 and consume
WILLISTON -- Crosby Mayor Les Bakken sums up the appearance of his city's water like this: "It looks like you need to flush the toilet all the time." The yellowish tint to the city's water is something residents have been accustomed to, he said. "It is perfectly safe to drink, but it makes lousy coffee," Bakken said. Residents are hopeful that will soon change as Crosby and eight other northwest North Dakota communities begin benefiting from the Western Area Water Supply Project. The project will bring high-quality, treated drinking water from the Missouri River to residents of Burke, Divi
WILLISTON -- Salvation Army Captains Joshua and Rhegan Stansbury were vocal about their desire to someday return to their home state of North Dakota. They got their wish with a transfer to Williston about a year-and-a-half ago, but the city in the heart of an oil boom is not quite the North Dakota they remembered. "It's not like any other Salvation Army appointment," said Joshua, a Grand Forks native. Although the Williston area has one of the highest per capita income levels in the country, the high cost of living means even people with good-paying jobs may struggle to make ends meet, Josh
PARSHALL -- Cleanup began Friday after crews regained control of an oil well near Parshall about 5 a.m.
PARSHALL -- An oil well that began to malfunction Wednesday evening continued to spray a mist of oil into the air late Thursday but is expected to be contained this morning, an official at the scene said. The mist of oil from the well about nine miles west of Parshall appeared to be contained shortly after 3 p.m. Thursday.
PARSHALL - An oil well blowout was reported about a half mile from Lake Sakakawea, but information available so far indicates the lake has not been compromised, said Alison Ritter, spokeswoman for the Department of Mineral Resources. The blowout began Wednesday afternoon at a well about nine miles west of Parshall, Ritter said.
WILLISTON -- Williston's booming population could be as high as nearly 44,000 people in 2017, according to a North Dakota State University study. The population of Williams County could be as high as 70,000 in five years, according to analysis by the Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics presented to city leaders this week.