FARGO -- This past summer, economist and author Robert Bryce predicted the merger and acquisitions activity in 2015 would settle down and pick up again in 2016. He was right. Shortly after Bryce’s prediction, Anadarko Petroleum backed out of its bid to buy Apache and other rumored companies like Devon Energy and EOG Resources started selling mineral rights rather than other merger-and-acquisition activities.
JACKSON HOLE, Wyo. — Ward Koeser recently ended a 20-year run as mayor of Williston. Looking back, Koeser could see the evolution of the Bakken’s global appeal. He recalls, at first, when the national media arrived on the scene, it was something to note.