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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WATFORD CITY -- Former NFL coach Mike Ditka said he had "no clue" why an oil company would invite him to its grand opening ceremony in North Dakota's Oil Patch. "I have no idea. My secretary sets everything up," Ditka said. But the ESPN analyst who spoke to a crowd of about 100 to mark the opening of Canary's new facility said he's glad he came because he is impressed with North Dakota's oil activity. "What I'm seeing here is America at its best," Ditka said. "People who have an idea, a dream, and then they make it work.
WILLISTON - The North Dakota Industrial Commission plans to pursue a criminal judgment against an oil and gas operator after it failed to pay a $1.5 million fine by the deadline, an official said Wednesday. The fine against Halek Operating ND LLC for violations that put Stark County's drinking water at risk represents the largest fine ever levied against an oil and gas operator in North Dakota. The company missed last Friday's deadline to pay the fine, so the commission is preparing paperwork to pursue a monetary judgment in district court, said Lynn Helms, director of the Department of Mine
WILLISTON -- A federal government shutdown would further stall oil development on federal lands in North Dakota and would stop oil and gas management activities on the Fort Berthold Reservation. While a government shutdown would affect some oil and gas activities in North Dakota, the majority of the state's drilling activity is on private or state-owned land and would not be affected. A lapse in federal appropriations would mean that the Bureau of Land Management "will not process applications for permits to drill and will only maintain minimal staff for inspections and enforcement on curren
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.