Amy Dalrymple is a Forum News Service reporter stationed in the Oil Patch. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (701) 580-6890.
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WILLISTON — “Crank it up for another 90 seconds with A Preacher in the Patch …. Oil Patch, that is.” That catchphrase is well-known to radio listeners in western North Dakota, where lifelong Williston man Ron Evitt began a radio ministry in 1997 incorporating his oilfield background. “As I grew up, I wondered about these oilfield hands. Who’s speaking to them?” Evitt said. “I didn’t know of anybody. I’d never heard of an oilfield preacher.”
WATFORD CITY — When a group of Minnesota partners announced they were planning an indoor RV park to house North Dakota oilfield workers, the idea prompted mixed reactions. “So many...
WILLISTON — Innovations and achievements in North Dakota’s oil industry will be recognized next week during a banquet in Williston. The Williston Basin chapter of the American Petroleum Institute has...
WILLISTON — A group of residents who say they’re fed up with the high cost of housing here urged Williston city commissioners Tuesday to do more to find solutions. Barbara Vondell, a Williston resident leading the effort, said the group collected 863 petition signatures from people who want the city to provide tax incentives to developers to build low- and moderate-income housing. Vondell formed a Facebook group called People in Williston Have Had Enough after a local trailer court raised lot rent from $350 to $750 a month, affecting many senior citizens on fixed incomes.
WILLISTON – The U.S. Postal Service should aggressively recruit more workers for western North Dakota to provide relief for employees who are being “worked to the bone,” a union representative...
LINDSAY, Mont. — An oilfield waste landfill that opened last June in eastern Montana is getting about half of its waste from North Dakota. “It seems to be getting larger,” said owner Ross Oakland. “North Dakota’s starting to find out about me.” The Oaks Disposal landfill in rural Glendive is the closest destination to the Bakken that can accept naturally occurring radioactive material, or NORM. The landfill accepts NORM waste at levels up to 30 picocuries per gram, compared with North Dakota’s limit of 5.
WILLISTON — Mail carriers here will work today to catch up on a backlog of undelivered mail to rural Williston residents after four local U.S. Postal Service employees suddenly quit, a spokesman said Saturday. Williston carriers have been unable to complete full delivery of some routes in the past week, affecting a varying number of customers each day, said Postal Service spokesman Peter Nowacki. The Williston employees who resigned during the past 2½ weeks gave little or no notice, he said.
WILLISTON — The state’s oil industry generates 75 tons of low-level radioactive waste per day and the state has few rules on how to handle it, but does say it can’t be dumped here. But the waste does show up in illegally in North Dakota landfills as some companies try to avoid the expense and time it takes to properly transport the waste out of state. North Dakota’s top oil and gas regulator says as the naturally occurring radioactive waste (NORM) associated with oil production will become an even greater issue for the Bakken as development continues.
WILLISTON — An entrepreneur who already has invested millions in Williston plans to make the boomtown the namesake of a national restaurant chain. Marcus Jundt, a Minneapolis native who has built more than 20 businesses, first saw the potential in Williston when he visited three years ago. “What I saw was mind-boggling,” said Jundt, 48. “It was just amazing what was going on up here.”
TIOGA – Hess Corp. will begin transitioning next week to an expanded natural gas processing plant here which will double the company’s capacity and reduce flaring of natural gas. The expanded Tioga Gas Plant will be able to process up to 250 million cubic feet of natural gas per day, said Steve McNally, Bakken Asset Manager for Hess. The existing plant is “maxed out” at about 110 million cubic feet per day, McNally said. The expansion will give Hess enough capacity to process all of its natural gas, as well as meet the company’s future needs and process natural gas produced by other companies, he said.