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As Oil Floods Plains Towns, Crime Pours In

Crime in the Bakken

Matthew Staver for The New York Times Sgt. Daniel Blood making an arrest last month in Watford City, N.D. Since 2005, arrests there have risen more than fivefold. SIDNEY, Mont. — One cold morning last year, a math teacher jogging through her hometown in eastern Montana was abducted, strangled and buried in a shallow grave. Charged in her death were ...

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Williston Basin receives more transmission


Williston Basin receives more transmission   Distribution success stories are everywhere in industry magazines these days. Transmission stories are harder to come by because they are fewer and farther between. Basin Electric, however, is working to change that with a new proposed 345-kilovolt (kV) transmission project in North Dakota. The proposed line will run approximately 200 miles from Antelope Valley Station ...

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Williston gets a Fuddruckers

A new type of hamburger is now available in Williston. On Tuesday, Fuddruckers opened its doors and within an hour, a line of customers was waiting to order. As the customers lined up, Gurhan Adali was all smiles. Months of work and a lot of risk was finally beginning to pay off for the businessman from Washington D.C. “It’s very ...

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Williston Police Department facing hardships

Williston Police Department

Oil patch police forces are overstressed and understaffed, according to a recent study. Carol Archbold, an associate criminal justice professor at North Dakota State University, finished her study “Policing the Patch” which examined the impact of the oil production on small town departments and crime in western North Dakota. What she found were service calls increasing by more than 100 ...

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Whiting Petroleum finalizes Williston Basin purchase


DENVER–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Whiting Petroleum Corporation (WLL) announced today the closing of the previously announced $260 million acquisition from a private party of certain producing oil and gas wells and development acreage in the Williston Basin. The purchase price is subject to customary post effective date closing adjustments for revenues and expenses. The acquired properties consist of approximately 17,282 net (39,310 gross) acres ...

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Hi! Have you met North Dakota oil?

oil truck

For anyone new to western North Dakota, the sheer amount of oil activity is hard to consume in just one day. Two days isn’t much help either. Yet, in the stuffy, dark upstairs area of the Agri Sports Complex, Michelle Martin sat through a presentation on groundwater testing — asking questions and taking notes — absorbing everything the show had ...

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A Cause for Concern: Oil well blowouts

well blowouts

WILLISTON, N.D. – Oil well blowouts are increasing in the Bakken, prompting regulators to take action. North Dakota has had 23 blowouts in the past year, according to the Department of Mineral Resources. “That’s up significantly,” said Lynn Helms, director of the department.A blowout may be an uncontrolled flow of oil, gas, saltwater or a mixture of these. “The fluids flowing out of ...

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Bakken effects starting to be felt in Crosby, ND


CROSBY –  Tim Gjovig more than doubled the size of his Hardware Hank store in Crosby when he rebuilt to accommodate the business volume that he was seeing. Now in his new building for just over a year, he’s already wishing the store was bigger. “There’s just so much going on around here,” said Gjovig, whose store is experiencing a ...

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Williston education sees hardships in all aspects

stressed teacher

WILLISTON, N.D. – Jeff Winslow spent a week this summer working on a drilling rig, earning as much as he did in his first two months teaching middle school in Williston. Winslow, a 30-year-old health teacher, didn’t continue with the oil industry job, opting to stick with his passion. But he finds it tough to survive on a teacher’s salary ...

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