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BRIEF: Names released in fatal Oil Patch crash

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ALEXANDER — The names of those involved in a fatal accident in McKenzie County have been released. Bretton Gimse of Union Grove, Wis., was driving a 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt at approximately 7:10 a.m. Tuesday about 5 miles south on U.S. Highway 85. Jennifer Aguilar from Hallstead, Pa., who was traveling north on the highway, attempted to turn left onto 34th ...

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Western North Dakota water project to seek $120M


BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Officials plan to ask the Legislature next year for $120 million in funding for the Western Area Water Supply Project, as demand grows for treated Missouri River water in the western North Dakota region that includes the booming oil patch. The request likely will be for $90 million in grants and $30 million in loans, according ...

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Vitesse Energy buys up Bakken assets for $186.5M

Vitesse Energy, LLC has announced the successful acquisition of non-operated oil and gas assets in the Williston Basin from EnerVest Operating LLC valued at $186.5 million. A press release from Vitesse Energy stated that the assets acquired include a working interest in approximately 600 wells and over 19,000 net acres primarily in Williams, McKenzie and Mountrail counties. The initial price ...

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Another brine spill caused by lightning near Alexander, ND


Lydia Gilbertson | Shale Plays Media Lightning struck an oilfield site yesterday around 5 p.m. devastating nine saltwater tanks and two oil tanks. Over 2,000 barrels of post-production brine was released, along with 167 barrels (5177 gallons) of oil. Post-production brine is much more difficult to clean up than oil, due to its almost immediate absorption into the soil. Spills ...

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Oil patch counties too wet for oil trucks again


By Lauren Donovan, The Bismark Tribune BISMARCK, N.D. — McKenzie and Mountrail counties were in the second day of closing gravel roads to heavy oil traffic Thursday after yet another round of rain and snow mix caused soft mud to develop. To prevent damage, both counties restricted vehicles heavier than 12,000 pounds from being out on gravel roads, with the exception of ...

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Development of the Tyler formation in prospect mode

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 Dan Sharp for the Bismarck Tribune Since Hess Oil discovered oil near Tioga in 1951, companies have economically produced oil and natural gas from more than 20 geologic formations in North Dakota’s share of the Williston Basin. For nearly a decade, exploration and production has centered on the Bakken formation, which now accounts for about 95 percent of the state’s ...

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Bakken Briefings

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McKenzie roads McKenzie County needs to pave nearly 130 miles of roadway, County Commission Chairman Ron Anderson says. At roughly $1.5 million a mile, that’s a big job. “McKenzie County has the highest number of traffic-related deaths for the second year in a row,” Anderson said. “We really need to spread some of the traffic out.” All the county’s roads ...

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Watford City, Stanley plan hospital upgrades


WATFORD CITY, N.D. — Hospitals are planning multimillion-dollar upgrades in two growing cities in western North Dakota’s oil patch. McKenzie County Healthcare Systems plans to replace its hospital in Watford City with a $58 million facility. The Mountrail County Health Center in Stanley is upgrading its hospital emergency room and nursing home and expanding its clinic in a $6.3 million ...

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