Renée Jean / Williston Herald
WILLISTON, N.D. -- Plans to develop a royalty owners groups are proceeding, says the group’s organizer Bob Skarphol, though he is asking members to be patient with slow progress at least for now.
WILLISTON, N.D. — A year ago, Jeff Lunnen could have shown a prospective oilfield service company 15 to 20 industrial properties for their consideration. "Now there's maybe one or two to look at, and they don't always work for the company," he said.
WILLISTON, N.D.—While the east side of North Dakota was first to report a human case of West Nile virus, the most recent statistics show the epicenter of the disease is settling in over Williams and McKenzie counties in the northwest corner of the state.. Both counties are reporting positive tests for the disease in trapped Culex tarsalis, the mosquito that can both carry and transmit West Nile virus. They are also showing the highest numbers of the West Nile mosquito. In Williams County, trap counts were 100 and in McKenzie they were 460.
WATFORD CITY, N.D.—There's not just one potential game-changing strategy in the Bakken, there are several, and they will be talked about in depth at Watford City's first oil and gas show in its new Rough Rider Center, which is nearly sold-out, according to event organizers. The Bakken Conference & Expo starts July 16 and continues through July 18. Registration for the event is free for operating producers, active drilling companies and completion companies.
WILLISTON, N.D.—The Dakota Access pipeline began life mired in controversy, but has nonetheless proven to be a game changer for the Bakken, oil industry leaders and state regulators say. Energy Transfer Partners CEO Kelcy Warren in a recent radio interview said the pipeline is already running near its capacity of 570,000 barrels of crude oil per day. He also said it has been providing the Bakken with a competitive edge over the Permian — for now anyway — as that play faces constrained pipeline capacity similar to what the Bakken experienced before Dakota Access.
WILLISTON, N.D.—Among the fine print in the repeal of the Waters of the U.S. rule passed by the U.S. House of Representatives in early June is language aimed at improving access to fishing at Lake Sakakawea.
WILLISTON, N.D.—The Permian came to call on the Bakken Thursday afternoon, May 31, and what followed was an interesting exchange of information and a lot of "me too" moments. The story of how Williston handled its boom has played out in a very public way, with many national media parachuting into the area to write stories about the community's growing pains.
WILLISTON, N.D.—The jobs bubble in North Dakota has grown much larger than has been reported, but no one is certain how much bigger it's getting to be. Nor has the state done any particular studies on how much revenue it's losing from the thousands and thousands of positions that are going unfilled, and the activity that isn't occurring as a result. Jobs in North Dakota tend to trend up and down with oil prices, of course. They can get quite large — like a price bubble — which means they can also suddenly disappear, when oil prices suffer a big downturn.
WILLISTON, N.D.—The farm bill will have to wait for June, but that wasn't really a surprise to Williston-area farmer Ryan Ellis. "It seems like this always happens," he said. "The last one in 2014 I think they kicked the can down the road for two or three years. They just kept re-upping whatever the previous bill had been."
WILLISTON, N.D. — Williston snagged 2/10th of an inch of rain overnight Wednesday, May 23 — not enough to move the needle on a moderate drought that continues to have its big fat thumb pressed down on western North Dakota. The latest U.S. Drought Monitor map shows Williams County still under a moderate drought, unchanged from last week. It's also only slightly better than the picture looked three months ago.