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WATFORD CITY, N.D. - An autopsy shows that an oilfield worker who died Saturday was killed as the result of a fall, the second time a worker for the same company has been hurt in a fall in the past eight months. State Forensic Medical Examiner William Massello III listed the cause of death for 52-year-old Johnny Stassinos as blunt chest, abdominal and pelvic injuries that resulted from a falling from a height associated with a petroleum site explosion near Watford City.
WILLISTON, N.D. — City leaders in Williston are trying to figure out how to respond to a judge's ruling on crew camps that may have some unintended consequences. U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland ruled this week that Williston cannot enforce its ordinance on temporary housing until further notice, a victory for crew camp operators who challenged the city's July 1 ban on worker housing.
ROSS, N.D. -- A safety official called this "a tragic week in the Bakken" after an oil worker died at a well site in Mountrail County, the second North Dakota oilfield fatality in three days. A 36-year-old employee of Advanced Energy LLC was crushed by a crane boom near Ross about 10:30 p.m. Monday, said Eric Brooks, area director of the Bismarck OSHA office. The man, who is from Michigan, was not immediately identified.
WATFORD CITY, N.D. -- Co-workers of the men involved in Saturday's oilfield explosion that killed one and injured three are raising money for medical bills and other expenses. "The guys that are going through this, they're still not out of the woods," said April Crites of Wyoming, whose husband works with the men who were injured. "Everybody's reaching out to lend a hand." Crites established a fundraiser on YouCaring.com to help the families affected by Saturday's incident. She plans to split the money equally among the four families and set a goal of $20,000.
WATFORD CITY, N.D. -- As Evan Whiteford drives around the Bakken, he can easily spot pipelines with poor quality work. "Once you notice it, you'll see it everywhere," said Whiteford, pointing to pathways of sparse or dead vegetation. But in other areas, the former pipeliner points out past construction zones where vegetation is flourishing on the pipeline right-of-way. "If it's good, you can drive right by it and not even know it's there," he said.
WILLISTON, N.D. -- Residential lots that Halliburton purchased for employee housing in Williston will soon be auctioned off to the highest bidder. The oilfield service company is selling 21 residential lots in Williston's Harvest Hills neighborhood through a live auction June 30. The residential lots, as well as two commercial lots in Williston, will sell without a minimum bid, said Fontana Fitzwilson, executive vice president of sales for Williams and Williams Real Estate Auctions, which is handling the sale.
WILLISTON, N.D. – North Dakota oil production fell more than 6 percent in April to 1.04 million barrels per day, the Department of Mineral Resources said Wednesday. The production drop...
BISMARCK — Bureaucratic red tape has held up $1.25 million in state grant funding to help victims of human trafficking. State legislators set aside the grant dollars in the 2015 session, but none of that money has been distributed to victim service providers more than 13 months after it was made available. Windie Lazenko, a victim advocate and CEO of 4her North Dakota, was among the service providers awarded grants in January.
NEW TOWN, N.D. — When FBI Director James Comey visited a northwest North Dakota Indian reservation Monday, the tribal chairman didn't sugarcoat the crime problems facing the community. "The situation of excess crime on Fort Berthold is literally killing our people and tearing our people apart," said Mark Fox, chairman of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation. Comey met with tribal officials, law enforcement and North Dakota's U.S. senators on Monday to hear about the challenges facing the reservation in the heart of the Bakken.
BISMARCK — Legal challenges over flared natural gas hit a roadblock this week when the North Dakota Supreme Court ruled that a mineral owner's lawsuit should have been dismissed. But one of the attorneys who claims mineral owners are owed royalty payments for natural gas that was flared said the legal fight that's now nearly three years old is not yet over. "We're not planning to stop until royalty owners get paid," said Bismarck attorney Derrick Braaten.