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Williams County to study Williston Crossing development

WILLISTON, N.D. — A Williams County planning committee has voted to study a proposed $500 million mixed-use development amid concerns over infrastructure and emergency services. The Williston Herald reports that county commissioners on the zoning and planning committee voted Thursday to form an ad hoc committee to study the Williston Crossing project. Swiss development firm Stropiq said the project will ...

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Bakken oil drillers retreat to the core: Kemp

John Kemp is a Reuters market analyst. The views expressed are his own LONDON – North Dakota’s oil producers have pulled back to the core areas of the Bakken formation to cut costs and maximize output amid the slump in prices. The number of active rigs in the state has fallen to just 121, from 190 a year ago, according ...

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Hearing scheduled for Bakken power plant expansion

Next week the North Dakota Public Service Commission will host a public meeting regarding a proposed expansion of the Pioneer Generation Station in Williams County, reports the Grand Forks Herald. The facility’s operator, Basin Electric, has proposed to expand the facility located 15 miles northwest of Williston in order to address the increasing electricity demands for the area surrounding the ...

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Storing stacked rigs in the Bakken

As the current slowdown of drilling operations in the Bakken persists and rigs are stacked, they have to go someplace, but where? The Dickinson Press reports that as the rig count continues to fall, companies are in growing need of locations to store the unused drilling rigs. However, the rigs can’t stray too far from the oil patch in the ...

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Oil and brine spill reported in Williams County

The North Dakota Department of Health has announced another oil and brine spill, the third such incident to happen this month. According to a report from United Press International (UPI), the Health Department received notice from Oasis Petroleum that 490 barrels of oil and 455 barrels of brine were released due to storage tank overflow. The health department reports that ...

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320 barrels of brine released, contained near Tioga

BISMARCK, N.D. — The state oil authorities say all but five barrels of brine have been cleaned up from a spill that occurred near Tioga this weekend. The North Dakota Oil and Gas Division says the Hess Corporation reported on Saturday that 320 barrels of brine were released and contained at the BLDU central tank facility in Williams County. Brine ...

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Williston updating comprehensive plan due to rapid growth

WILLISTON, N.D. — Officials are updating a comprehensive plan for Williston that is just a few years old, saying the original plan did not take into account the rapid growth that the oil patch hub has experienced. The updated plan will address regional land use, transportation and economic development, the Williston Herald reported. It is being written by representatives of ...

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Brine spills into creek north of Williston

The North Dakota Department of Health has reported that an unspecified amount of material used in the hydraulic fracturing production process was released into a creek in Williams County. The Department of Health was notified of the spill by Summit Midstream. The produced salt water known as brine was released approximately 15 miles north of Williston from a disposal line. ...

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The perfect accident storm

transporting truck

There are many safety threats and challenges that face those working on oil and gas in the Williston area of the Bakken. None are greater than roadway safety, namely the operation of trucks and the increased traffic that they bring. Sharing the road with an 80,000 pound semi-truck is daunting on any stretch of road but a number of compounding ...

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Oilfield ‘man camp’ operator Civeo cuts jobs amid oil slump

WILLISTON, N.D., Dec 29 – Civeo Corp, which provides temporary housing for oilfield workers and miners, slashed its workforce on Monday and said revenue could fall by a third as slumping crude prices force oil producers to cut costs The warning adds jitters to the already-wary global oil market and highlights weakness in Australia’s coal industry, one of Civeo’s biggest ...

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