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    Industry makes a “little” gain a lot with time and tech

    MONTHLY NEWSLETTER FOR JANUARY 2016     GIVE A LITTLE PIECE OF YOUR HEART IN FEBRUARY The holiday season might be over, but it doesn’t mean you need to stop giving. The 2nd Annual Battle of the Bakken Blood Drive co-hosted by United Blood Services and theNorth Dakota Petroleum Council will kick off February 1 to collect…

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    LETTER: Oil Boom’s many benefits linger in western North Dakota

    By James Cron I’m writing to respond to John Heiser’s letter, “Westerners glad to see Big Oil knocked down to size” (Page A4, Jan. 23). Despite the billions invested by taxpayers in western North Dakota, there are people such as Heiser who complain, resist change and lack empathy for those who have lost their jobs…

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    LETTER: Prospects remain bright for oil-industry jobs

    By Kendra Weigel Earlier this week, I saw a TV news story highlighting steady job growth in oil industry jobs despite low oil prices. I started researching the topic and found data that affirms the story. There is lots of information about the outlook for oil in North Dakota, but most people overlook a reliable and…

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    Weatherford’s commitment brings in big dollars for Salvation Army

    By Melissa Krause [email protected] WILLISTON — The slow start to the fundraising season caused alarm for the Salvation Army that they might not meet their already lowered projections for the year. Recognizing the importance the Salvation Army plays to the community, Weatherford stepped in in a big way. Crude oil prices continue to drop, which…

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    Hess starts its own pipeline ombudsman program

    By RENÉE JEAN [email protected]   WILLISTON — Last year the state started an ombudsman program to help landowners resolve reclamation issues with pipelines. Hess, meanwhile, also started its own ombudsmen program to take a more proactive approach on the 1,200 miles of pipeline it owns and operates. The program is called Hess Community Connection and…

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    Veeder: Community moves to building a future for our families

    By Jessie Veeder for Forum Communications It’s been more than five years since my husband and I unloaded our hand-me-down furniture into the little brown ranch house in the barnyard where my dad grew up, fulfilling our dream of moving home, because unlike the economy the two of us grew up in during the ’80s and…

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    While oil boom has slowed, births still booming

    By Amy Dalrymple, Forum Communications WILLISTON -– A baby boom continued in North Dakota’s Oil Patch in 2015 even as falling oil prices prompted layoffs and workers leaving the area. Hospitals in Williston and Minot each reported a record number of deliveries last year, and Dickinson had the most births in one year since the 1980s…

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    Deaths down in the oil field

    By Jessica Holdman   Along with oil prices and rig count, the number of deaths on Bakken work sites was down in 2015. But officials say they aren’t ready to draw any conclusions. There were three oil- and gas-related fatalities on work sites in North Dakota in 2015, according to Occupational Safety and Health Administration…

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    North Dakota Colleges See Silver Lining in Oil Slowdown

    Bakken U marketing initiative targets unemployed oil workers and people concerned about career prospects; enrollment is rising By MELISSA KORN And KRIS MAHER Boom times in North Dakota’s oil fields hit the state’s higher-education sector hard, as young people opted for immediate employment over college enrollment. Now, the region’s colleges are seeing a chance to shine once…

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    Setting the Facts Straight on Spills

    Ron Ness, President, North Dakota Petroleum Council North Dakota has a very strict regulatory system, and it is often one that is looked at by other states – and in some cases, other countries – when they are working to construct their own regulations. This has been evidenced by the parade of state, federal and…

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    Back to school: New DSU student receives first Bakken U scholarship

    Warren Logan’s first run at higher education didn’t last. He said he struggled with a lack of both discipline and an external push to learn. Compounding his difficulties was the influence of his friends who bypassed higher education for the financial opportunity of oilfield work. “My high school friends that didn’t go to college went…

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    Stop the Presses: Williston Herald Editor Matt Hickman Interviews Alex Andlauer on Oil and Gas Outlook

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    Whiting Petroleum’s Geoscientists are Helping Build a Smarter Oil Company: a Look Behind the Scenes at the Bakken-Three Forks Oil Play

    By Oil & Gas 360 It’s a tough market for the oil companies, but Whiting Petroleum Corporation (ticker: WLL) has figured something out. While oil and gas companies across the planet are battling a commodities price environment in which a barrel of oil fetches 70% less than it did 18 months ago, Whiting has found…

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    As oil slows energy companies get caught up on gas capture, processing

    By Amy Dalrymple, Forum Communications TIOGA, N.D. – As drilling and fracking have slowed in North Dakota, Rob Bertola with XTO Energy said he often gets asked if he’s still busy. But Bertola, operations foreman for a natural gas processing plant, hasn’t experienced the slowdown. In 2014 and 2015, XTO expanded its Nesson Gathering plant near…

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    AP EXPLAINS: How much money you just saved on gas in 2015

    The Saudis are tightening their belts this year which can mean only one thing: you’re saving a bucket load on gasoline. Massive stockpiles of crude globally have turned 2015 into the year of the pain-free fill up. High five your local gas pump, buckle up and hit the road America, because more of the same…

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