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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WILLISTON, N.D. — With less competition for employees, some state agencies are beginning to reduce or phase out extra pay for western North Dakota employees. The North Dakota Department of Transportation is among the agencies gradually reducing stipends designed to fill critical jobs in the Oil Patch where high wages made it challenging to recruit and retain workers. Economic conditions have changed with low oil prices, less competition for workers and more affordable housing.
WILLISTON, N.D. — Oil prices in North Dakota have reached historic lows, but not quite as low as some national headlines portrayed this weekend. A story that appeared on Bloomberg.com with the headline "The North Dakota crude oil that's worth less than nothing" referred to Friday's price for North Dakota sour crude as -$.50 a barrel, as posted by Flint Hills Resources. But on Tuesday, Flint Hills Resources spokesman Jake Reint said the negative price was an error. It should have said $1.50 a barrel, Reint said.
BISMARCK — The company developing a massive drilling unit in Dunn County said Wednesday it plans to keep drilling until at least 2019 to develop 60 more wells. Burlington Resources, a subsidiary of ConocoPhillips, said developing the Corral Creek-Bakken Unit has taken longer than anticipated because the company added more wells and cut one drilling rig because of low oil prices.
WILLISTON, N.D. — The same man affected a year ago by the state's largest pipeline spill discovered Monday that land he rents is now the site of a new cleanup operation. Williams County farmer Ron Sylte drove by a field where he grows durum to find crews excavating contaminated soil after a pipeline owned by Meadowlark Midstream leaked 187 barrels, or 7,854 gallons, of saltwater last week.
BISMARCK - The North Dakota Public Service Commission moved one step closer Monday to approving what would be the largest crude oil pipeline in the Bakken, but one of the panel's three members said he won't vote on it because the revised pipeline route crosses a relative's property. Commissioners had some unresolved questions about the Dakota Access Pipeline, but after a work session Monday the project is likely headed to a vote on Jan. 20.
BISMARCK—A company developing a controversial drilling mega-unit in Dunn County that initially had a January target for completion will give an update on the progress Wednesday during a hearing in Bismarck. The North Dakota Oil and Gas Division will hold a hearing at 9 a.m. Wednesday to review the status of the Corral Creek-Bakken Unit, a 30,000-acre oil development near Killdeer.
WILLISTON, N.D. – The company responsible for North Dakota's largest pipeline spill reported another leak on the same pipeline system Friday. Meadowlark Midstream, a subsidiary of Summit Midstream, reported Friday...
BISMARCK—A man wanted in Pennsylvania for charges related to human trafficking allegedly tried to chew off his finger pads to hide his identity after Bismarck police arrested him last week on similar charges. Thurman Lamont Stanley, 39, is charged in South Central Judicial District Court with two counts of sexual servitude, a Class A felony, after Bismarck police were called to a hotel Dec. 30 for a report of prostitution. Court records say:
BISMARCK—The North Dakota Public Service Commission approved Tuesday a crude oil pipeline that will cross Lake Sakakawea. Commissioners, who supported the project unanimously, said Sacagawea Pipeline Co. is taking several steps to minimize potential impacts to the lake, including boring at least 100 feet under the lakebed.
WILLISTON, N.D. — North Dakota has fewer than 60 drilling rigs operating in the state for the first time since 2009, about a third of what were operating a year ago. The state's rig count fell to 58 on Monday, with three more rigs scheduled to become idle after crews complete drilling the current well. The last time North Dakota's rig count was below 60 was in October 2009 when the state had 55 rigs, said Alison Ritter, spokeswoman for the Department of Mineral Resources.