Governor’s energy stocks, contributions raise questions

Gov. Jack Dalrymple speaks during the groundbreaking ceremony for the Dakota Prairie Refinery in Dickinson, N.D., on Tuesday, March 26, 2013. Dustin Monke/Dickinson Press

BISMARCK –  When an oil company wanted to drill for oil near a beloved North Dakota landmark, it brought to light a possible ethical question for Gov. Jack Dalrymple.

Dalrymple owns stock in ExxonMobil, the parent company of XTO, that applied for a permit to drill near a ranch once owned by Teddy Roosevelt. As governor, Dalrymple also is chairman of the state’s Industrial Commission, which could have made the final ruling on the drilling permit.

Amid the cries of preservationists, XTO withdrew its drilling application, at least for now, but the larger questions of whether Dalrymple should rule on a case where he has a potential or perceived financial interest and how much influence the oil industry has on state government remained unanswered.

Although the situation is hypothetical at this point, Dalrymple said last week he would disclose the stock ownership and abstain from voting on a proposal from XTO to drill for oil near Elkhorn Ranch.

“I would have said ‘I doubt if this has any significant impact on them financially whether you put a well here or over there,’” Dalrymple said. “But out of the sake of appearances, I think I probably would have said I’m more comfortable not voting.”

Dalrymple said his Exxon stock is worth more than $5,000, but he declined to say the specific amount out of principle of not disclosing his personal finances.

“If I owned $5, I would probably still bring it up to avoid any bad appearances,” Dalrymple said.

Rep. Corey Mock, D-Grand Forks, said if an elected official did let a conflict of interest get in the way of acting in the best interest of the state, there is virtually no course of investigation or place for citizens to bring a complaint.

“It reiterates the need to have an independent ethics commission in North Dakota,” Mock said.

Earlier this legislative session, Mock pushed for the development of an ethics commission that could investigate complaints. North Dakota is one of three states without a form of ethics commission. The bill failed in the House.

The idea of drilling for oil near Elkhorn Ranch, where Roosevelt raised cattle in the mid-1880s before becoming the 26th U.S. president, created a lot of public anxiety, said Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, who also serves on the three-member Industrial Commission along with Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring.

But members of the public aren’t the only ones concerned. All three members of the Industrial Commission said in interviews last week they would not support putting an oil well near Elkhorn Ranch.

“A lot of people were shocked, but so was the governor,” Dalrymple said. “We would never have sited a well there. It would have never happened.”

Members of the Industrial Commission are working on a way to identify areas that “no matter what happens, they should not be directly impacted,” Dalrymple said.

The effort is in preliminary stages until the legislative session is over, but will likely involve taking a tour or holding a meeting in the Badlands area and gathering public input, Dalrymple said.

XTO asked for the matter to be removed from the hearing docket of the Oil and Gas Division of the North Dakota Industrial Commission, but company officials continue to work with the U.S. Forest Service to identify a drilling site in the area, XTO spokesman Jeff Neu said Friday.

Statement of interest

ExxonMobil is one of 16 energy-related stocks Dalrymple lists on his statement of interest on file with the Secretary of State. Dalrymple and his wife own stock in more than 90 companies. He said he has not acquired stocks in additional companies since filing his statement of interest about a year ago.

Mock said he and another legislator pushed for greater disclosure by public officials during the last legislative session but the effort was defeated. Elected officials file a statement of interest with the Secretary of State disclosing financial information but it doesn’t specify how much stock is owned and is not required to be updated, Mock said.

“It is a weak document that provides very little explanation as to where a conflict may arise,” Mock said.

Stenehjem and Goehring do not list oil and gas stock on their statements of interest. Both said their statements are current.

Even though Dalrymple says he would recuse himself from voting on an issue involving a company he owns stock in, it’s not clear that he could.

Stenehjem said the Industrial Commission’s ethics policy needs to be updated because it conflicts with an opinion he issued to a county commission. The commission was deadlocked on 2-2 vote with one member abstaining. Stenehjem ruled that once a member of a body discloses a conflict of interest he or she must vote.

“At some point, we need to make it clear that you have to vote,” Stenehjem said.

Because the Industrial Commission has only three members, one abstention could become problematic if the other two members have opposing views, Stenehjem said.

Karlene Fine, executive director of the Industrial Commission, said former Gov. John Hoeven would abstain from votes that related his ownership of a Minot bank and former Gov. Art Link would abstain when an issue involved his mineral interests.

Based on the attorney general’s opinion, the policy will need to be revised, Fine said.

“With a three-member commission, it gets to be a challenge when you have somebody abstaining,” Fine said.

Oil and money

Jim Fuglie, a longtime state political observer who worried about the Elkhorn Ranch proposal, said he’s not concerned about the governor’s ExxonMobil stock as long as it’s disclosed.

“When you have a rich governor, these kinds of things are going to happen,” said Fuglie, who once led the state Democratic party. “That’s why we have campaign (finance) disclosure.”

Peg Perl, attorney for the watchdog group Colorado Ethics Watch that monitors government accountability, said many states provide ranges on disclosure forms to give the public a sense of how much stock an elected official holds. States typically don’t have rules that restrict a governor’s stock ownership, said Perl, who often deals with oil and gas issues in Colorado.

“The governor is going to have so many issues from so many companies and so many sectors

that he touches that to say he can’t own stock in any of that is generally seen as going too far,” Perl said. “No state really goes that far.”

Fuglie said he worries more about how much influence campaign contributions have.

“He’s taken so much money from the oil companies that when a questionable issue arises in front of him, you have to wonder, ‘What does he owe in return for all that cash?’” Fuglie said.

Residents of Dunn County petitioned for a grand jury investigation of Dalrymple over $81,600 in oil industry campaign contributions he accepted around the same time the Industrial Commission was considering a controversial case that involved designating a large area for oil development.

Commissioners unanimously approved the mega-unit, which included Little Missouri State Park, because it was the best way to preserve the area, Dalrymple said.

“That’s the whole reason it was done and there was no other reason,” Dalrymple said.

Burlington Resources Oil & Gas Co. has about 68 percent of the working interest in the unit and petitioned to have it developed as one large unit.

XTO had 2 percent of the working interest in the unit at the time it was approved. Today XTO’s interest is about 6 percent.

Dalrymple said last week he didn’t know that XTO was part of that unit.

Jim Stenslie, a member of the Dakota Resource Council who lives near New Town, said citizens are worried about how much influence money has on oil and gas development.

“People are feeling so powerless, and I think a lot of that is our whole political system has become so much in bed with the oil industry,” said Stenslie, a retired Lutheran pastor.

Carol Booth, communications manager for Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission, which consists of the oil- and gas-producing states, said North Dakota has strict and fair regulations.

“North Dakota has some of the best state regulations and they stay on top of the regulations better than just about any other state,” Booth said.

Dalrymple points to his track record of public service, which began in 1984.

“I have never in my entire career in public service ever had a situation where I felt that I let any kind of personal interest or personal conflict enter into my decision-making whatsoever,” Dalrymple said.

Energy-related stocks held by Gov. Jack Dalrymple

BHP Billiton
CNOOC Limited
Cloud Peak Energy
Edison Intl
Emerson Electric
General Electric
Noble Energy
Taiwan Semiconductor
UGI Corp

‘American Journey’ Williston episode was show’s highest rated

WILLISTON, N.D. – The recent episode of “American Journey” with host Ty Pennington on HLN that featured Williston was the show’s highest rated, according to Gregg Thompson, the man featured in the episode.

If you missed it, the channel formerly known as CNN Headline News will air it again at 6 p.m. central on Sunday.

Thompson, who goes by Gregg Zart, moved to Williston from Washington a little over a year ago after losing his job as a graphic designer. He is best known for making YouTube videos documenting his life in Williston.

Thompson made an offhand comment to HLN that he was considering running for Williston mayor, which is included at the end of the show. Thompson said he wasn’t necessarily serious, but since the show aired he’s receiving a lot of support.

Fire victim identified as Washington man; woman still unidentified

WILLISTON, N.D. – Authorities have identified a man who died in Monday’s camper fire in rural Williston as Lawrence Norman, 47, of Kelso, Wash.

The Williams County Sheriff’s Office is still working to identify a woman who also died in the fire, said Sgt. Detective Caleb Fry.

The victims died from smoke inhalation, authorities said.

The cause of the fire, reported at 1:30 a.m. Monday in the 600 block of Riverside Drive near Williston, is under investigation.

Williston leaders reject request for concealed weapons in church

WILLISTON, N.D. — City commissioners here rejected a request from 10 Williston pastors to let churches decide whether to allow concealed weapons.

Pastors brought a petition to the Williston City Commission on Tuesday night with concerns about mass shootings across the country and the safety of churches as gun-free zones.

“The simple, brutal hard truth of this is somewhere in this country there is some evil man that is plotting another mass murder,” said the Rev. Will Page, associate pastor of Cornerstone First Baptist Church.

The pastors said the churches didn’t necessarily plan to allow concealed weapons, but they wanted the decision left up to church leadership, not government.

Faith United Methodist Church, which is in downtown Williston, had an incident Sunday morning that caused alarm for the congregation, said the Rev. Mark Britton.

A man who smelled like alcohol moved to the front of the church during the Scripture reading, prompting parents to pull their children closer. The man knelt at the altar and prayed, but people were unsure of his intentions, Britton said.

“What if that guy’s intent would have been to harm me and my congregation members?” Britton said. “That’s why I think churches should be allowed on a case-by-case basis to discuss this and come to a rational decision whether to support it.”

Mayor Ward Koeser recommended referring the matter to a committee for further study, but commissioners expressed concerns about the safety of allowing guns in church.

Commissioner Tate Cymbaluk questioned what would happen if 15 people in a service have concealed weapons.

“You’re going to have crossfire and all hell’s going to break loose,” Cymbaluk said.

Commissioner Howard Klug asked how much training concealed weapon permit holders have.

The commission voted 4-1 to deny the petition, with Koeser the lone dissenting vote.

During the discussion Tuesday night, the Rev. Kevin Beard of Mission Lutheran Church in Williston questioned why his rights to carry a concealed weapon are different in a church than other places.

“I don’t understand why I can carry as I come into your businesses and that’s my right under the Second Amendment,” Beard said. “But when I enter into my own church, then all of a sudden I leave that weapon behind?”

State legislators also are debating the issue of concealed weapons in churches. House Bill 1283 would allow concealed weapon permit holders to carry a weapon in the church building with authorization from the church and notification of law enforcement.

Ruling won’t delay Sandpiper Pipeline, Enbridge officials say

WILLISTON, N.D. – A federal ruling on the proposed Sandpiper Pipeline from western North Dakota to Superior, Wis., will not delay the project, an Enbridge Pipelines spokeswoman said Monday.

The U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission denied a petition from Enbridge on Friday on the basis of its proposed rate structure.

Enbridge officials plan to reassess the rate structure and submit a new plan, said Katie Haarsager, Enbridge community relations adviser.

The Sandpiper Pipeline would run from the Beaver Lodge area south of Tioga, N.D., to Superior, and increase pipeline capacity out of the Bakken by 225,000 barrels per day.

The federal ruling is not expected to affect the timeline for the project, which is anticipated to be in service in early 2016, Haarsager said.

“It’s an added curveball, so to speak,” she said.

Two members of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission dissented from the ruling, including Tony Clark, former member of the North Dakota Public Service Commission.

Clark and Commissioner John Norris wrote that denying the petition will “unduly delay much needed investment in infrastructure.”

The Sandpiper project is supported by the North Dakota Pipeline Authority, said director Justin Kringstad.

“We know that oil production is going to continue to grow in North Dakota and we’re going to need additional pipeline projects and transportation options to continue to move growing volumes in the future,” Kringstad said.

In a separate ruling issued Friday, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission dismissed a complaint from High Prairie Pipeline against Enbridge related to an interconnection at Clearbrook, Minn., saying the two companies should continue negotiations.

UPDATED: Two dead in Williston camper fire

A fire early Monday near Williston, N.D., destroyed this camper and left two people dead. Amy Dalrymple/Forum News Service

WILLISTON, N.D. – Two people are dead after a camper caught fire early this morning in rural Williston.

Williams County Sheriff Scott Busching said investigators are working to identify the victims. The bodies are being sent to Bismarck for autopsies, Busching said.

Williston Rural Fire Chief Dave Benth said the fire was reported at 1:30 a.m. today on Riverside Drive, south of Williston.

The RV was fully engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived, Benth said. The cause of the fire is unknown.

The camper was parked near a power pole, which also caught fire, Benth said. Power was disconnected in some Williston areas this morning to allow crews to safely extinguish the fire to the power pole, Benth said.

The Williston Rural Fire Department has responded to several camper fires in the last few months, Benth said. He said people need to use caution with additional heat sources.

“Campers and motorhomes are not intended to be lived in in subzero temperatures,” Benth said.

Faces of the Boom: FRACN8R’s name says it all

WILLISTON, N.D. — Monte Besler’s job can be summed up in his license plate: FRACN8R.

The Williston engineer who specializes in hydraulic fracturing once earned that nickname from a co-worker in the oilfield.

“I had a knack for being able to design good frac jobs,” said Besler, 56.

The name stuck, and it became Besler’s license plate and eventually his business name when he decided to become independent and start FRACN8R Consulting.

Besler, whose business card says he’s been cracking rock in North Dakota since 1981, is hired by oil companies to optimize the results from hydraulic fracturing, therefore getting a better producing well.

Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is the process of extracting oil and gas from underground formations using pressurized fluids.

Besler said he enjoys being able to use his experience, knowledge and instincts to look at all of the information about a well and design the best frac job. Factors such as the geology and how the company completed the well make a difference, he said.

“It’s still not a perfectly defined process,” said Besler, whose industry experience included working for Halliburton and Hess Corp.

Many companies use sand in hydraulic fracturing, but Besler recommends they use man-made beads known as ceramic proppant. Sand or proppant is used to “prop open” the fractures in the rock created by the fracking process to allow the oil to flow from the rock formation into the wellbore.

Ceramic is stronger and holds the fractures open better, while sand can get crushed in the hot, deep layers of the Bakken and Three Forks formations, Besler said.

Sand typically costs 20 cents to 30 cents a pound, while the most expensive ceramic proppant can cost $2 to $3 per pound, Besler said.

But the higher quality proppant can allow wells to be productive for 20 to 30 years, Besler said.

People often think fracking fluid has dangerous or specialized chemicals, but many ingredients are common household items such as the same ingredients used in chapstick or potting soil, Besler said. He said one of his quirks is looking at the ingredient list of products he buys to see how many of the ingredients he’s used in fracking.

Fracking has slowed this winter in North Dakota, in part because it can be 20 percent to 30 percent more expensive during winter months because fluids need to be heated and travel is often delayed, Besler said.

Lynn Helms, director of the Department of Mineral Resources, estimates that about 410 wells were waiting for frac crews at the end of January.

Besler said he expects that increased competition among companies will start bringing the cost of fracking down in the state. He believes activity will pick up after spring road restrictions are lifted.

“When it finally does pick up, it’s probably going to get really busy,” Besler said.

Williston pastors want churches to decide about concealed weapons

WILLISTON, N.D. — A group of pastors in Williston, a town that has attracted thousands of new residents looking for work but sometimes finding trouble, say a petition to allow guns in their churches is motivated by mass shootings elsewhere and not North Dakota’s oil boom.

The petition asking city commissioners to give churches the option of allowing concealed weapons will be submitted at a meeting Tuesday.

The Rev. Will Page, associate pastor of Cornerstone Baptist Church, said he worries that people with evil intentions may target churches because they know members of the congregation are not armed.

“The whole idea of a gun-free zone is inherently dangerous,” said Page, who moved to Williston from Mobile, Ala., in August.

Williston churches may not end up allowing guns, but several pastors who have signed a petition want that decision to be left up to church leadership, not the government, said the Rev. Mark Britton of Faith United Methodist Church.

“Sometimes pastors have to stand up for church rights,” Britton said.

Applications for new concealed weapons permits and renewals are steadily increasing in the Williston area and around North Dakota. Williams County had 923 concealed weapons licenses and renewals in 2012, a 101 percent increase over 2011, according to the Attorney General’s Office. The entire state saw about a 124 percent increase in licenses issued in 2012.

State legislators also are debating the issue of concealed weapons in churches. House Bill 1283 would allow concealed weapons holders to carry a weapon in the church building with authorization from the church and notification of law enforcement.

Sen. Stan Lyson, R-Williston, former Williams County sheriff who served 40 years in law enforcement, said he has a difficult time accepting that allowing concealed weapons in church or other places improves safety.

“When you get into a situation where a gun is being used, people are scared. They’re so afraid that you don’t hardly remember what took place when the thing is over,” Lyson said. “In doing that, are they going to be efficient with their gun at that point? Or are they going to spray the bullets and maybe hit innocent people?”

Lyson, who retired from law enforcement in 1999, no longer carries a weapon.

Williston Police Chief James Lokken said he doesn’t plan to take a stance on the city’s proposal or state legislation and will support whatever the policymakers decide.

In general, Lokken said he is not in favor of guns in public gathering places.

“Emotions get high and who knows what could happen?” Lokken said. “I like the law the way it is.”

Williams County Sheriff Scott Busching also said he’s not getting involved with local or state policy discussions. But he said he does have concerns about gun-free zones.

“Aren’t you putting up a target?” Busching said.

Williams County already has received about 350 applications for concealed weapon permits this year, Busching said. Officials say they believe the increase has more to do with discussions in Washington, D.C., about guns than concerns about safety in North Dakota.

“We don’t see any crimes from people who have concealed weapon permits,” Busching said. “I have nothing to fear from the law-abiding armed citizen.”

The suspect in last weekend’s fatal shooting outside a Williston strip club is not believed to be a concealed weapon permit holder, Lokken said.

Busching cited Chicago as an example of a city with strict gun laws that has a lot of home invasions.

“If you crawl through a window here, it’s pretty likely you’re going to get shot,” Busching said. “That’s a deterrent.”

Britton, an Air Force veteran and former security policeman, said his church is likely at a greater risk than others in Williston because it’s downtown and closest to the Amtrak station, bus stop and bars. But he doesn’t think his congregation would ever need to worry about taking precautions such as arming ushers.

“I doubt that anything like what happened in Sandy Hook will ever happen here, but you certainly can’t rule it out, either,” said Britton, who served in Hitchcock, S.D., before moving to Williston nine months ago.

Page said Cornerstone Baptist Church has not had any incidents that are prompting support for this petition, and the church leadership is not in favor of arming ushers.

“We’re not advocating that anybody do this, just that the city council grant local congregations the option of making the decision for themselves,” Page said.

Williston Mayor Ward Koeser said he anticipates that commissioners will not take action Tuesday, but will likely refer the matter to a committee or monitor the bill being discussed in the Legislature.

“My sense is that they’re going to want to have some more discussion about it,” Koeser said.

Bond set at $1 million for stabbing defendant

WILLISTON, N.D. – Bond was set at $1 million Tuesday for a man charged in connection with a stabbing his roommate to death at an oilfield crew camp.

Ryan Neil Anderson is charged with murder, a class AA felony, and attempted murder, a class A felony, in Williams County District Court for the death of Christopher King and the attempted stabbing of another man.

Anderson, 31, and King, 32, were longtime friends and roommates who moved to North Dakota from Michigan, the Williams County Sheriff’s Office has said.

Court records say:

A witness called authorities at 4:06 a.m. Sunday about a stabbing in a cabin of Capital Lodge near Tioga . Witness David Nardi told authorities Anderson had been in a physical altercation with Anderson’s girlfriend shortly before the stabbing.

Occupants of the housing unit intervened and there was another physical altercation. The fight ended, and everyone waited in the common area of the cabin for Anderson to go to bed.

Anderson went to his room. Surveillance video shows him returning with his hand in his sweatshirt pocket and then pulling out a knife.

King suffered four stab wounds, two the chest and two to the abdomen, from a Schrade “Black Ice” folding knife with a 3- to 4-inch blade, court records say.

King left the cabin but collapsed outside. A report from the North Dakota Forensic Medical Examiner’s Office says King died from a stab wound to the heart.

Authorities have said Anderson drove King to Tioga Medical Center, where King was pronounced dead and Anderson was arrested. Prior to the altercation at the camp, the men had been drinking in Tioga, authorities said.

The attempted murder charge stems from allegations that Anderson tried to stab Nardi when Nardi attempted to stop the attack.

Nathan Madden, assistant Williams County state’s attorney, requested $1 million bond, pointing out that Anderson had failed to make a court appearance on a misdemeanor charge in 2003.

Anderson appeared in court without an attorney Tuesday. A woman who attended the hearing in support of Anderson declined to comment.

His next court appearance is scheduled for April 9.

Homicides highlight challenges for policing the Oil Patch

WILLISTON, N.D. – One man was shot in the face outside a strip club. Another was stabbed after drinking with his crew camp roommate.

The two Williams County homicides in one weekend highlight the continued stress facing Oil Patch law enforcement agencies as the population swells.

Williston Detective Cory Collings said he believes the influx of oil boom workers contributes to an increase in bar fights.

“These guys work 12, 14, 16 hours a day. They want to unwind for the night. Pretty soon we’ve got a bar fight,” Collings said in an interview last week before the two deaths.

Williston police responded to 1,045 calls for service for fights in 2012, a 21 percent increase over the previous year and a 163 percent increase over 2010. The department investigated 45 aggravated assaults in 2012, more than double the previous year and the five-year average.

Overall calls for service for the Williston Police Department – which includes everything from a barking dog to a homicide – were 18,871 in 2012, an 18 percent increase from the previous year.

Officials continue to say they don’t believe the crime rate in Williston is up, but the increase in population is driving more incidents.

“This doesn’t do well for our reputation as a community, but it’s not the wild West,” Williams County Sheriff Scott Busching said of the two homicides. “We have some undesirables, but we have a lot of good ones, too.”

The sheriff’s office and the Highway Patrol provide backup for bar fights. Busching said his agency is so stressed his detectives are racking up overtime and giving up vacation hours. He said he needs more resources and more affordable housing for staff.

“The state needs to step up to the plate a little bit and send some of this money back,” Busching said, referring to the state’s oil revenue.

The agencies that work closely together have significantly beefed up staffing levels, but major incidents put a strain on resources, authorities said Monday.

“We’re still bursting,” said Williston Police Capt. Tom Ladwig. “Activities are at an all-time high. We’re dealing with it, but it’s tough at times.”

Jonathan Peter Horvath, 46, Sandpoint, Idaho, is wanted in connection with a shooting death in Williston, N.D. This mug shot is eight years old.


The shooting outside a strip club early Saturday  led to a three-day manhunt.

Authorities in Billings, Mont., apprehended Jonathan Peter Horvath, 46, Monday afternoon in connection with the shooting.

Lt. Sam Bofto of the Yellowstone County Sheriff’s Office said authorities apprehended Horvath, who was unarmed, after getting a tip that he had hitchhiked to town.

Police suspect Horvath, who recently moved to Williston from Sandpoint, Idaho, shot 28-year-old Derrick Spiegel of Williston before 1 a.m. Saturday after they argued outside the strip club.

A report from the North Dakota State Forensic Examiner’s Office said Spiegel was shot in the face and head with a 9 mm handgun. He was pronounced dead at 1:16 a.m. at Mercy Medical Center, the report said.

Horvath is expected to appear in court in Montana this afternoon, Bofto said. He had not been charged as of late Monday in connection with the shooting.

Ryan N. Anderson


An alcohol-infused dispute between roommates at an oilfield crew camp led up to the stabbing death, the Williams County Sheriff’s Office said.

Christopher King, 32, died at Tioga Medical Center. He had been driven there by Ryan N. Anderson, 31, who was arrested at the hospital. The longtime friends had come to North Dakota from Michigan and worked for LW Survey, said Sgt. Detective Caleb Fry.

The men had been drinking in Tioga before returning to their cabin at the Capital Lodge crew camp between Ray and Tioga, Fry said.

King was stabbed with  hunting knife, twice in the chest and twice in the abdomen, Fry said. An autopsy is expected to be performed today in Bismarck.

A witness alerted authorities at 4:06 a.m. Sunday.

Anderson is being held in the Williams County Jail. Charges had not been filed late Monday. Bond will be set later this week.

A representative from LW Survey, which has a location in Minot, said the company could not comment.

Kasha Mason, a spokeswoman for Capital Lodge, also declined to comment. No alcohol is allowed at the camp. Crew camps typically don’t allow weapons, but no details were available about Capital Lodge’s weapon policy.

This is the second homicide to occur at a Williams County crew camp. Last August, a Texas man died and an Arkansas man was wounded in a shooting at the Wanzek camp near Tioga.

But Busching said the camps that provide housing for oil boom workers don’t cause more problems than other places.

Derrick Spiegel, a victim of a Saturday shooting in Williston, N.D., is pictured in this Facebook photo with wife, Jessica, and their children Jonathan and Brooklyn. The former Vacaville, Calif., man lived in Williston.

Remembering a victim

Spiegel, the shooting victim, is survived by his wife, Jessica, and two young children.

Longtime friend Ashley Mervau, who lives across the street from where Spiegel grew up in California, said friends and family were in shock after learning of his death Saturday.

An online effort to raise funds for Spiegel’s family already raised more than $3,000 Monday, and friends are planning a benefit event in Vacaville, Calif., where his family lives, next month.

Spiegel worked in construction, Mervau said.

“He was one of the best friends that you could ever ask for,” Mervau said. “It really just goes to show how many people loved and cared for him.”