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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DICKINSON, N.D. — With drilling activity in the Bakken at an 11-year low, workers who specialize in moving drilling rigs to new locations are often finding themselves parked. "It's definitely been difficult," said Tony Lamping, general manager for Cruz Energy Services. "There's just not as much work to do." Moving each rig to a new location can take two to four days of work, involving a lot of coordination and heavy equipment to disassemble the rig and transport it to drill the next well.
WILLISTON, N.D. -- Williston's office of Job Service North Dakota is like a teeter-totter, says manager Cindy Sanford. While a handful of workers will come in and file for unemployment, another company will contact the office to advertise new job openings. "It really hasn't completely balanced out," Sanford said. Statewide, claims for unemployment are dropping while job openings are on the rise, Job Service North Dakota reported this week.
WATFORD CITY, N.D. — Residents of a McKenzie County township urged county leaders Tuesday to help them in their fight against an oilfield waste landfill that could be the first...
WILLISTON, N.D. – North Dakota oil production had a smaller decline than expected in February as more companies put fracking crews to work to maintain cash flow, the state’s top...
WILLISTON, N.D. — Oil and gas regulators visiting Williston on Wednesday did more than listen to public comments about proposed pipeline rules. The Department of Mineral Resources contingent also visited the site of the state's largest pipeline spill, an event that was the impetus for many of the regulations now being considered. Director Lynn Helms and others from the department visited the Blacktail Creek spill cleanup site where a Meadowlark Midstream pipeline leaked an estimated 3 million gallons of produced water.
WILLISTON, N.D. — New rules proposed for the oil and gas industry aim to reduce spills and minimize impacts to the environment, state regulators say. But some of the new regulations would cost North Dakota's oil industry as much as $16 million to implement at a time when operators are struggling with low oil prices. A series of four public hearings starts Monday in Bismarck to gather input before the North Dakota Industrial Commission will act on the proposals.
WILLISTON, N.D. — Job-seeker Kenneth Winter set a deadline for himself Wednesday at Williston's job fair: If he doesn't find work in one month, he's moving to Las Vegas. More than 700 people attended the first day of a two-day Job Service fair in Williston, including many who have been laid off or had hours reduced because of the slowdown in oil activity.
WILLISTON, N.D. -- While celebrating the grand opening of a four-story apartment and retail complex in downtown Williston, Chicago developer Nancy Kapp had a message for her banker: "There's no way on God's green earth you're ever going to own this building. It's mine," Kapp said. Competition for renters in Williston is tough, and likely only going to get tougher. Some apartments are still being constructed in Williston even as the oil industry slowdown continues and vacancy rates rise.
MINOT — A report from a dad who discovered that a sex offender was trying to befriend his 14-year-old daughter on Facebook led to the offender’s arrest this week. Minot...
STANLEY, N.D. -- The oil industry brought Kathryn Hilton to North Dakota, but for a different reason than most people. The South Carolina native calls herself the Bakken Resister, and she moved to North Dakota to help landowners affected by oil and gas development. Hilton, 27, was working with residents dealing with gas development in the Marcellus shale of Pennsylvania when she started to hear about impacts from oil development in North Dakota.