An investigation is underway at this oil well site in McKenzie County, N.D., pictured Monday, June 20, 2016, where a fire killed one worker and injured three others. Elizabeth Hackenburg/Williston Herald

‘Tragic Week In The Bakken’ As OSHA Investigates Second Oilfield Fatality In 3 Days

ROSS, N.D. – A safety official called this “a tragic week in the Bakken” after an oil worker died at a well site in Mountrail County, the second North Dakota oilfield fatality in three days. A 36-year-old employee of Advanced Energy LLC was crushed by a crane boom near Ross about 10:30 p.m. Monday, said…
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An investigation is underway at this oil well site in McKenzie County, N.D., pictured Monday, June 20, 2016, where a fire killed one worker and injured three others. Elizabeth Hackenburg/Williston Herald

UPDATED: Oil Worker Killed In Fire, 3 Others Injured

WATFORD CITY, N.D. – One worker has died and three were injured in a fire at a McKenzie County oil well site over the weekend, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration said Monday. Crews were working on a workover rig on a well about 8 miles east of Watford City when the well ignited about…
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Halliburton is holding a live auction on June 30 to sell 23 residential lots in the Harvest Hills neighborhood of Williston, N.D., including this lot pictured Wednesday, June 15, 2016. Amy Dalrymple/Forum News Service

Halliburton To Auction Off Empty Williston Lots

WILLISTON, N.D. – Residential lots that Halliburton purchased for employee housing in Williston will soon be auctioned off to the highest bidder. The oilfield service company is selling 21 residential lots in Williston’s Harvest Hills neighborhood through a live auction June 30. The residential lots, as well as two commercial lots in Williston, will sell…
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Evan Whiteford, an organizer for the Laborers' International Union of North America, monitors pipeline work in North Dakota to promote quality construction. Amy Dalrymple/Forum News Service

Veteran Pipeline Worker Doubles As Environmental Watchdog

WATFORD CITY, N.D. – As Evan Whiteford drives around the Bakken, he can easily spot pipelines with poor quality work. “Once you notice it, you’ll see it everywhere,” said Whiteford, pointing to pathways of sparse or dead vegetation. But in other areas, the former pipeliner points out past construction zones where vegetation is flourishing on…
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This aerial photo of Daryl and Christine Peterson's land shows how crops are not growing to the west of the saltwater disposal well after the company's efforts to clean up the contamination. Submitted photo

Landowners Sue Oil Company Over Spills

ANTLER, N.D. – A Bottineau county couple who can no longer farm some of their land because of repeated saltwater spills filed a lawsuit this week against oil company Petro Harvester. Daryl and Christine Peterson allege the company is responsible for 10 spills since 2011 and is seeking the court to order a cleanup, assess…
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