‘Black Gold’ Boom Drives Demand For White Trucks

MINOT, N.D. – Mike Gietzen sells so many white pickups to the oil industry, he added the word white to his email address. North Dakota’s oil boom has meant big business for auto dealers, but staying ahead of the demand can be tricky, said the commercial sales professional for Ryan Chevrolet in Minot. “It’s crazy…
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More Oil Workers Expected In ND To Catch Up On Fracking This Summer

BISMARCK – More temporary oil workers are expected in Williston, Dickinson and Minot this summer to catch up on a backlog of wells that need hydraulic fracturing, North Dakota’s top oil and gas regulator said Monday. Lynn Helms, director of the Department of Mineral Resources, said drilling crews are outpacing well completion crews. At the…
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Congressional Leaders Visit Bakken Today

MINOT, N.D. — Rep. Kevin Cramer will host the chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce and other top committee leadership today in Minot. Participants include: Congressman Fred Upton, Michigan, Chairman of the Committee on Energy and Commerce Congressman Ed Whitfield, Kentucky, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Energy and Power Congressman Lee…
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North Dakota Oil Patch No Wild West, Researcher Says

WILLISTON, N.D. — Police activity is busier in western North Dakota, but it’s not the Wild West, says a researcher studying the impact of the oil boom on law enforcement. Carol Archbold, a North Dakota State University criminal justice associate professor, said interviews with more than 100 officers in the Oil Patch revealed a misconception…
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Radioactive Waste On The N.D. Monitor

WILLISTON, N.D. – Landfill employees here discovered at least two “hot loads” this week, illustrating why a group of North Dakota citizens is worried about the proper disposal of radioactive waste that comes with oil production. A Williston landfill operator found an estimated 100 filter socks Thursday containing naturally occurring radioactive material. The socks, which…
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