Thirty-two registered bidders attended a live auction Thursday, June 30, 2016, of lots owned by Halliburton in Williston, N.D. Amy Dalrymple/Forum News Service

Some See Turnout For Williston Auction As ‘Sign Of Optimism’

WILLISTON, N.D. – Bidding was competitive Thursday as auctioneers sold off 23 vacant lots owned by Halliburton in Williston. Twenty-one residential lots in Williston’s Harvest Hills neighborhood sold for between $30,000 and $40,000 each. Williams County listed the value of the residential lots as between $50,000 and $70,000 in 2015. Tom Rolfstad, Williston’s former economic…
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Assistant Attorney General Hope Hogan, from left, Department of Mineral Resources Director Lynn Helms and Pipeline Program Supervisor Kevin Connors listen to public comments during a hearing on Wednesday, April 13, 2016, in Williston, N.D. Amy Dalrymple/Forum News Service

Industrial Commission Kills ‘Interested Party’ Definition

BISMARCK – A proposal to limit who can comment at oil and gas hearings “got the ax” after the public overwhelmingly opposed it. The North Dakota Industrial Commission had considered adding a definition of “interested party” to the state’s oil and gas statutes related to who could appear at certain hearings or submit comments. The…
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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, has 316 beds but would be reduced to 158 beds under a proposal to keep some temporary housing open in Williston. Amy Dalrymple/Forum News Service

Williston Crew Camps Remain In Limbo

WILLISTON, N.D. – Worker housing crew camps will continue to be in limbo in Williston, but the city’s mayor said Tuesday he hopes to have a resolution by the end of July. The Williston City Commission had set a July 1 deadline for all temporary housing facilities to close, but a federal judge issued an…
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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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