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ABC to produce Bakken “Boom” drama

The ABC television network recently ordered pilots for four new dramas, including a series centered in the Bakken oil patch, reports Variety.com. The series will be produced by ABC Studios and revolves around one of the largest oil discoveries in the nation’s history. The series, titled “Boom,” focuses on western North Dakota’s oilfields and the largest shift in the region’s ...

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Surge funding bill raised to $1.14 billion

North Dakota’s quest to provide expedited funding for oil patch communities and the development of lacking infrastructure took a leap forward last week when the amendment of a proposed bill pushed the price tag higher. The Forum News Service reports that one of the bills proposed in the legislature had originally planned to provide communities with more than $800 million ...

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Breached pipeline that spilled oil lies exposed on riverbed

GLENDIVE, Mont. — Sonar indicates part of an underground pipeline that spilled almost 40,000 gallons of oil into Montana’s Yellowstone River and fouled a local water supply is exposed on the riverbed. The pipeline is exposed for about 50 feet near where the breach occurred Jan. 17, according to a news release from public agencies involved with the response. The ...

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Mobile medical unit brings health care to the oil patch

A team of three health workers are rolling around the Bakken oil patch, bringing portable medical services to oil and gas workers in the region. Since July, according to the Forum News Service (FNS), nurse practitioner Paula Mock, nurse coordinator Deb Spurgeon and tech Zach Bruner have been travelling in Sanford Health’s mobileMED unit, providing operators and energy support companies ...

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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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Million-barrel miles going untapped

bakken oil

Million-barrel miles are stranded in the oil patch, but companies and state regulators are coming up with a new drilling plan to get those barrels out of the ground. The stranded oil is underneath section lines, historic easements that border every mile-square of land so that farmers, sportsmen and others can travel about the countryside. These section lines are sacred ...

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Federal drug czar touring ND, Montana Oil Patch

Gil Kerlikowske

FARGO — Of all the warning bells sounded by law enforcement officials in North Dakota and Montana about crime associated with the Bakken Oil Patch’s rapid population growth, the one that seems to ring true involves drug trafficking. Michael Cotter, U.S. attorney from Montana, cites an April 2012 meeting he sponsored that was attended by about 150 law enforcement officials, ...

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