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DICKINSON, N.D. -- As western North Dakota boomtowns work to catch up to growing truck traffic with bypasses around city centers, they're also working to make sure commercial truck drivers actually use the routes. Places like Watford City, a true headache to drive through before its bypass opened last November, have drastically cut in-town truck traffic because it's easier for the trucks just cut around town than it was before. "Ours makes a lot of sense, it just skirts around the south side of town in a half circle," Mayor Brent Sanford said.
Companies employ roughly 2,000 in N.D. DICKINSON, N.D. -- Stockholders from both companies gave the green light on Friday for Halliburton Co. to acquire Baker Hughes Inc. for about $35 billion. An "integration team" has been formed but it's too soon to tell still what the on-the-ground effects will be for the companies' employees in North Dakota. Both have operations offices just north of Dickinson for their oilfield services operations in the Bakken, including hydraulic fracturing. Halliburton employs about 1,000 workers in North Dakota, spokeswoman Susie McMichael said.
BISMARCK -- The state of North Dakota may sue the federal government over its new rules regulating hydraulic fracturing on federal lands in the state. The rules, the federal government's first regulation of fracking, are unnecessary or inapplicable to North Dakota's geology and are duplicative of existing state rules, Department of Mineral Resources Director Lynn Helms told the North Dakota Industrial Commission on Tuesday.
RICHARDTON, N.D. — Mayor Frank Kirschenheiter said Richardtonians look at the growth in their town a certain way. "We'd rather move forward than die," he said. "... You go one direction in life, take your pick: If you're not gonna go forward, you're going backward." That attitude is helping the city thrive as major companies stake out Richardton for various oilfield-related projects, and the city finishes up its new city hall. SBG Energy Services LLC will begin work this construction season on a $50 million rail terminal a half-mile east of town.
The U.S. Department of the Interior released its final rules for hydraulic fracturing on federal and Indian lands.
Addition to human trafficking uniform law had been labeled a 'gag' BISMARCK -- Legislators can see a little more clearly now the effects of a controversial abortion amendment on the state's uniform human trafficking bill. The amendment, which says state funds for human trafficking victims "may not be used to refer for or counsel in favor of abortion," still allows for victims to use other avenues to find advice on abortion, North Dakota Catholic Conference Executive Director Chris Dodson explained Wednesday to the House Judiciary Committee. Opponents quickly questioned the implica
KILLDEER, N.D. -- Born-and-raised Killdeer resident Ben Murphy said he knows, when someone rents moving equipment, if an oilfield worker was getting laid off. "You can usually tell with the customer when you call them if they knew it was coming or not," Murphy said. If they're leaving by choice, he said, they're happy, not having planned on staying in North Dakota forever. "On my next off days I'm never coming back," they'll say, said Murphy, who opened his Killdeer U-Haul dealership around Thanksgiving.
WATFORD CITY, N.D. -- With another massive construction season in Watford City this year -- projected to be even bigger than last year -- city and county leaders hope to make the city more attractive to the families of oil workers, who they hope will make the boomtown their permanent home. The projects show the city switching gears to accommodate a younger, growing population after years of stagnant and declining numbers. "For the most part, when I moved to Watford City in 2007, it was an aging community," said Dan Kelly, CEO of McKenzie County Healthcare Systems.
Researchers want to open dialogue with western North Dakotans about man camps.
BISMARCK — A woman involved with several other people in allegedly operating brothels in Dickinson, Minot and Williston has reached a plea deal on federal charges of conspiracy. Along with...