A drilling rig, pictured Wednesday, June 22, 2016, in Williston, N.D., moved into Williams County, bringing the statewide rig count to 30. Williams County, which once had as many as 48 rigs, was down to zero until this rig moved in last week. Amy Dalrymple/Forum News Service

Fracking Jobs Show Signs Of Life In Bakken

WILLISTON, N.D. – Some oilfield companies that laid off workers in the Bakken are now hiring again, particularly for jobs related to hydraulic fracturing. The Williston office of Job Service North Dakota is seeing job orders for fracking crews and other openings related to well completion, such as workover rigs and trucking, said manager Cindy…
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This image from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration illustrates how a worker for Most Wanted Well Service fell in a Nov. 23, 2015, incident. The worker was injured in a fall while escaping from a “snubbing basket” on a workover rig without an adequate escape line.

Autopsy Shows Oil Worker Fell To His Death After Explosion

WATFORD CITY, N.D. – An autopsy shows that an oilfield worker who died Saturday was killed as the result of a fall, the second time a worker for the same company has been hurt in a fall in the past eight months. State Forensic Medical Examiner William Massello III listed the cause of death for…
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UPDATED: Authorities Release Name Of Michigan Oilfield Worker Who Died Monday

ROSS, N.D. – The oilfield worker who died Monday after being struck by equipment has been identified as Paul William Green II, 36, of Alger, Mich., the Mountrail County Sheriff’s Office said. Green was pronounced dead at a well site about 4½ miles northeast of Ross after a deputy responded to a 911 call about…
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Halliburton is among the oil companies advocating for some crew camps to remain open in Williston, N.D. The company's Muddy River Lodge, pictured Tuesday, March 8, 2016, is not currently in use, but Halliburton says it needs the housing as an option when oil prices improve. Amy Dalrymple/Forum News Service

Judge’s Ruling Confuses Williston Crew Camp Legality

WILLISTON, N.D. – City leaders in Williston are trying to figure out how to respond to a judge’s ruling on crew camps that may have some unintended consequences. U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland ruled this week that Williston cannot enforce its ordinance on temporary housing until further notice, a victory for crew camp operators who…
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Richard "Chad" Maheu

Burned Oil Workers ‘Not Out Of The Woods,’ Fundraising Sites Set Up

WATFORD CITY, N.D. – Co-workers of the men involved in Saturday’s oilfield explosion that killed one and injured three are raising money for medical bills and other expenses. “The guys that are going through this, they’re still not out of the woods,” said April Crites of Wyoming, whose husband works with the men who were…
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