Amy Dalrymple, Forum News Service
WILLISTON, N.D. — Oil has changed the landscape of northwestern North Dakota, but one historic site still looks much the same as it did in the mid-1800s. As Fort Union Trading Post celebrates the 50th anniversary of being designated a National Historic Site, Museum Curator Fred MacVaugh credits community members with pushing for the site's preservation. "Really if it wasn't for the interest of North Dakotans and Montanans, this historic site might not exist," MacVaugh said.
BISMARCK — Donald Trump pledged 'complete' American energy independence and a focus on putting workers before regulations Thursday to a crowd that is eager to make the Bakken great again. The Republican presidential hopeful told more than 7,000 people at the Williston Basin Petroleum Conference that his policies on energy will put drilling rigs and people back to work. "Under my presidency, we'll accomplish a complete American energy independence. Complete," said Trump, prompting cheers from the crowd that lined up for blocks to get into the Bismarck Event Center.
WILLISTON, N.D.—Early March oil production numbers show that North Dakota will likely drop below 1.1 million barrels per day for the first time since June 2014, the state's top oil regulator said. An official update will be released next week, but Director of Mineral Resources Lynn Helms told an oil industry group in Williston he expects to see a "severe" production drop. "It's going to be bad," Helms told the Williston Basin chapter of the American Petroleum Institute Tuesday night.
WATFORD CITY, N.D.—Officials in the state's highest-producing oil county want to keep a requirement for operators of oil wells to seek legal street addresses for all well sites. One proposed change being considered to state oil and gas regulations would eliminate that requirement, but McKenzie County officials say they rely on street addresses to find the right well in emergency situations.
WILLISTON, N.D. — A ditch near Williston is flooded with water, but it's not the result of unseasonably warm weather. It's a remnant of 1970s oil exploration, a hole drilled for seismic exploration that was never properly repaired. Today, water from underground aquifers is flowing out of that hole at a rate of about 5 gallons per minute, estimates Cody VanderBusch, reclamation specialist for the state Department of Mineral Resources. It's one of many "shot holes" near Williston that have left wet spots in farmers' fields for more than a decade.
WILLISTON, N.D. — North Dakota oil production dropped 1.7 percent in August, a time of year when production usually is on the rise. The state produced nearly 1.19 million barrels per day in August, a drop of 20,552 barrels a day from July, according to preliminary numbers from the Department of Mineral Resources. It was the first time in 12 years that North Dakota saw oil production drop in August. "It is definitely not normal. August is almost always an up month," Director Lynn Helms said Tuesday.
MINOT — Two defendants indicted in a drug trafficking ring that federal authorities announced last week also face charges of human trafficking in Ward County. Bryan Keith Davis, 48, and Regina Rose Lehman, 43, both Minot, are accused in court documents filed in North Central Judicial District Court of forcing two women to engage in prostitution between April 2014 and April 2015. Lehman and Davis are among the 29 people indicted in U.S.
BISMARCK – North Dakota oil production rose slightly in June to 1.2 million barrels per day, the second-highest production month behind only last December, the Department of Mineral Resources said...
BISMARCK — North Dakota's human trafficking laws — previously rated among the weakest in the nation — are today considered strong by a leading anti-human trafficking advocacy group. New state laws taking effect today include comprehensive changes to North Dakota's human trafficking laws, such as a "safe harbor" law that treats minors involved with commercial sex as victims and stronger penalties for traffickers. Polaris, a nonprofit organization dedicated to fighting modern-day slavery, last year listed North Dakota and South Dakota at the bottom of its ratings of effective