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Oil still drives development in Watford City

Even with the price of oil hovering around its 52-week lows, development in the Watford City, ND micropolitan area continues unabated. The vast majority of oil and gas produced in North Dakota’s Bakken Shale play is concentrated in four counties: Dunn, Mountrail, Williams and McKenzie counties. Seeking to maximize operational efficiency, the industry’s regional offices are tending to aggregate in, ...

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Will Highway 85 see more improvements, another expansion?

One of the highways serving as a main artery for traffic through North Dakota’s oil patch might soon expand to four lanes, along with a possible bridge replacement, reports The Bismarck Tribune. The North Dakota Department of Transportation said it plans to complete improvements on the southern stretch of Highway 85 from Watford City to Interstate 94, a 62-mile stretch ...

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Poaching cases probed in Williston, Watford City areas

BISMARCK, N.D. — The North Dakota Game and Fish Department is seeking the public’s help in cracking several wildlife poaching cases over the past couple of months in the western oil patch. Officials say half a dozen incidents have occurred in the Williston and Watford City areas. They involve the illegal killing of eight deer and two pronghorn. Authorities don’t ...

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Watford City’s Stenehjem Commons Site Now Shovel-Ready for Development

Following the precipitous drop in the price of oil, much of the industry’s operations in North Dakota are aggregating in the Watford City area, site of most productive wells. There, investment continues unabated and huge developments like Stenehjem Commons are moving full speed ahead. Watford City, ND, November 2, 2015 — The Watford City, ND multi-use development, Stenehjem Commons, is ...

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Excerpts from recent North Dakota editorials

U-Mary program fills Watford City need The Bismarck Tribune, Bismarck, Oct. 15, 2015 Watford City recently got some good news when the University of Mary announced plans to offer more college courses there beginning in 2016. The new offerings will include a master of education program for local teachers. This will be added to the classroom business classes they currently ...

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Watford City population six times higher than pre-boom

Watford City was once a sleepy town with a humble population of about 1,500 people. That was before the oil boom, though, which has sent the population rocketing upwards six times over, with continued growth predicted. McKenzie County Job Development Authority Director Gene Veeder said, “We’re coming on more stable times, and our trend in growth is still upward. Our ...

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Watford City barrels through downturn in oil economy

A dramatic drop in the price of oil has adversely impacted the economies of North Dakota and its oil patch cities and counties. But one area has weathered the storm better than most. Whether you take your measure from sales taxable revenue (up 11% year-over-year), construction permits or industry pundits, Watford City and McKenzie County have exceeded expectations. Experts mostly ...

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Public gets chance to weigh in on pipeline proposal

WATFORD CITY, N.D. — Member of the public are getting a change to weigh in on a proposal to convert a crude oil gathering pipeline in northwestern North Dakota into a transmission line. The state Public Service Commission scheduled a public hearing in Watford City on Wednesday on the application by Hiland Crude LLC. Regulators say the company wants to ...

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Hess Corp. eyeing Watford City for potential field office

WATFORD CITY, N.D. — Hess Corp. is eyeing Watford City to possibly open a field office should oil prices recover. Hess spokeswoman Maria Effertz-Hanson tells The Williston Herald the company has already looked at office space in Watford City. The oil company moved its headquarters from Williston to Minot in 2009. However, Watford City Mayor Brent Sanford says the city ...

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