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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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Brent slips towards $111


SINGAPORE, Oct 14 (Reuters) – Brent futures edged lower towards $111 per barrel on Monday after an unexpected decline in China’s exports, with a looming deadline to get an increase in the U.S. debt ceiling adding to worries about the outlook for oil demand. Weekend talks to avert a U.S. debt default showed signs of progress on Sunday, but there ...

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Project Safe Bakken efforts to increase efforts


The booming Bakken oil patch that’s given a major boost to U.S. energy production has emerged as a new front in the fight against drug trafficking. Organized-crime rings are popping up in the Northern Plains, with traffickers sensing opportunity in the thousands of men and women lured there by the hope of a big paycheck. Law enforcement is cracking down on ...

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North Dakota archaeology gets boost from oil


DICKINSON, N.D. – A quieter part of the boom in drilling deep beneath North Dakota’s surface has been about what sits right on top. Companies that want to develop on certain land must have the land surveyed by archaeologists to check for any significant artifacts or historical sites that have sat untouched for years – until development came their way. ...

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12 indicted in Bakken drug bust


BILLINGS – It appears oil isn’t the only thing fueling the Bakken boom. A federal indictment unsealed Wednesday details the operation of what Montana U.S. Attorney Michael Cotter alleges is a major drug ring. The government says it involved a network of couriers across Montana to distribute pure methamphetamine in the Bakken oil fields of eastern Montana and North Dakota. Federal ...

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Bakken crude high speed rail facility saves Philadelphia Energy Solutions


For Philip Rinaldi, CEO of Philadelphia Energy Solutions, a petroleum refining company, the Bakken has been a business saver. One year ago, Rinaldi spoke to a crowd during the launching of PES after a rebranding effort and joint venture agreement between Sunoco Inc. and the Carlyle Group had formed to save the struggling refinery owned under a different name by ...

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Images of Bakken win at International Photography Awards


Given his penchant for industrial settings, the Bakken oil patch served as an interesting subject – its gas flares and the endless nodding of its oil wells. Yet Alan McQuillan, a London-born photographer, did not think such industrial sprawl would earn him first place in a coveted international photography competition. Nevertheless, the Missoula resident and retired University of Montana forestry ...

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Canadian delegation comes down for Bakken info


WILLISTON, N.D. — A Canadian delegation visited the Bakken region last week to help prepare for oil development in Northwest Territories.By: Jerry Burnes, Forum News Service A Canadian delegation visited the Bakken region last week to help prepare for oil development in the Northwest Territories. David Ramsay, minister of industry, tourism and investment and minister of transportation for the government of ...

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