Former employees of WCE Oil Field Services pose for a portrait in a work yard owned by their new employer, CS Welding, near Palermo, N.D. The workers are owed wages by WCE, which shut down in May 2015 without paying workers for their final weeks of work. Andrew Cullen/Forum News Service

Oilfield Business Failure Leaves Workers Unpaid, Jobless

STANLEY, N.D. – At least 42 employees of a North Dakota oilfield service company that folded a year ago are still owed hundreds of thousands in unpaid wages in a business debacle that also took its toll on Minnesota investors and other companies. Lawsuits and red tape have yet to bring any relief to the…
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Enbridge Project Director: Sandpiper Pipeline Plan Could Be In Jeopardy

By Robb Jeffries Forum News Service ST. PAUL – Regardless of environmental feasibility, the Sandpiper pipeline project might not happen if the originally proposed route is not followed. Paul Eberth, Sandpiper’s project manager, testified Tuesday at an evidentiary hearing for the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission that the North Dakota Pipeline Company, a subsidiary of Enbridge,…
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No Keystone XL Means More Oil By Rail, Report Says

Without the Keystone XL Pipeline, as many as 14 additional trains carrying crude oil could come through North Dakota and Minnesota every day, according to a report released Friday on the pipeline. The U.S. State Department issued its final Environmental Impact Statement on the Keystone XL, which would connect oil sands production in Alberta to…
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Power Company Plan Could Speed Bakken Pipeline Progress

BISMARCK – A Duluth, Minn., energy company announced Wednesday it plans to create an energy corridor that could efficiently transport oil and natural gas produced in North Dakota and reduce natural gas flaring. ALLETE, an energy company that has a 465-mile electrical transmission line from central North Dakota to Duluth, said it plans to work…
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Rookie Cops In Oil Patch Get ‘thrown Into The Mix’

WILLISTON, N.D. – Cops in the Oil Patch say one year of experience there is what they’d see in five years elsewhere. As North Dakota’s oil boom brings a spike in police calls to growing communities, many of the officers on the front lines are rookies in their early to mid-20s. “They’ve been thrown in…
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