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 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
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Former Notre Dame football coach Lou Holtz told North Dakota State University and University of North Dakota presidents this week he can't believe the two longtime rivals don't play each other. The ESPN football analyst is at the Alerus Center to speak to the North Dakota Petroleum Council annual meeting this morning.
GRAND FORKS -- North Dakota is projected to ultimately produce just under 1.6 million barrels of oil per day, but risk factors could threaten that production, the state's top oil and gas regulator said Tuesday. Department of Mineral Resources Director Lynn Helms told more than 800 people attending the North Dakota Petroleum Council's annual meeting in Grand Forks that the industry is entering a final phase of development but should expect some bumps along the way. "The Bakken has reached its cruising altitude. It is safe to get up and walk around the Bakken.
GRAND FORKS -- When John Harju graduated from the University of North Dakota in 1986, it was a bad time to be a geologist in the state. "It was an absolutely dismal time, there was no work," Harju said. But later in his career, Harju found himself in the right place at the right time. Harju serves as associate director for research at the Energy and Environmental Research Center at the University of North Dakota. The Bakken oil boom has created a lot of opportunities for the center to partner with the oil industry. Although technology has come a long way to make recovering oil from the Ba
WILLISTON -- People seeking shelter at Williston's Concordia Lutheran Church will be greeted with a sign that reads "Overnighters is over." The church that has housed job-seekers for more than two years ended the program this weekend after city planning and zoning staff said the church needed several fire and building code upgrades for people to sleep there. Concordia hosted a "last supper" Friday night that was filled with hugs, tears and group photos. Several men who stayed at Concordia until they found jobs and housing stopped by the church to thank the Rev.
WILLISTON -- North Dakota oil production saw a 6.4 percent jump in July, but the percentage of natural gas that was flared also grew because of mechanical and electrical problems at two gas plants, officials said Friday. North Dakota produced an average of 874,460 barrels of oil per day in July, another all-time high for the state, according to preliminary figures released by the Department of Mineral Resources. Director Lynn Helms attributed the surge in production to more hydraulic fracturing crews that got to work in July after a wet spring and stormy winter. "We expect next month to be
WILLISTON -- The need for power in oil-producing counties is projected to grow more than 1,000 megawatts by 2025, but a proposed transmission line to deliver that electricity is drawing environmental and cultural concerns. The Public Service Commission held a third and final hearing Thursday in Williston on Basin Electric Power Cooperative's proposed 197-mile transmission line to meet the power demands in the Oil Patch. The 345-kilovolt transmission line starts at the Antelope Valley Station near Beulah, heads west through Killdeer, north through Williston and ends at a substation near Tioga
WILLISTON -- A Las Vegas chiropractor who invested $200,000 to turn a 57-foot RV into a mobile clinic to serve patients in the Bakken has gone back home. Stephen Alexander, who has served oilfield workers from his mobile chiropractic clinic, headed back to Nevada on Wednesday after a Williston City Commission meeting that grew heated Tuesday night. City commissioners adopted the first reading of an ordinance that establishes a six-month moratorium on all new mobile businesses while guidelines are developed.
WILLISTON -- A church here that has been temporarily housing job-seekers while they get on their feet is being forced to end its lodging program this week, leaving about 30 men with nowhere to sleep. Concordia Lutheran Church would need to remodel its building to add fire-protection sprinklers, showers for residents and other updates to meet building and fire codes, according to Williston city officials. In a letter dated Aug. 12, city planning staff gave Concordia 30 days to discontinue the "overnighters" program until the facility can be brought up to code. The Rev.
WILLISTON - City commissioners here unanimously approved the first reading of an ordinance Tuesday that would establish a six-month moratorium on new mobile businesses. Planning and zoning staff members requested the moratorium so a committee can develop guidelines to govern the businesses. "We keep getting more and more pressure for these," said Planning Administrator Kent Jarcik. "There are nuances to them." Two existing businesses, a mobile chiropractor and a mobile veterinarian, will be exempt from the moratorium while the guidelines are developed.