New Rules Will Deter Drilling, Oil Rep Says

WILLISTON, N.D. – Oil regulations that take effect in April will discourage drilling in North Dakota, and at least one operator is already moving south, according to an industry representative. The new rules will add $400,000 to the cost of each well, making it less cost-effective for companies to do oil exploration in areas where…
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New Williston Resident Leads Effort To Clean Up Town

WILLISTON, N.D. – With an oil boom that has made things messy in a lot of ways, Williston is in need of major spring cleaning, and it’s not just locals who are rallying for the cause. Dan Manjack, a contractor from Florida who moved to Williston to build a man camp, is leading an effort…
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Historic Oil Site Reflects Current Flurry Of Activity

TIOGA, N.D. – Recently I decided to check out where North Dakota’s oil development began: the Clarence Iverson farm south of Tioga. I exited Highway 2 and drove in the direction of a historic marker, but I drove right past it. The sign pointing it out was so badly mangled it was illegible. The road…
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Experiencing The ‘Patch’

WILLISTON, N.D. – It’s only been one month since I moved to Williston, and I’ve already had a mini Oil Patch experience. I’ve been homeless. I’ve signed a lease for an apartment that rents for $2,500 a month. I’ve spent the night in the cab of a U-Haul parked outside of the Stanley Cenex. Let…
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