Category Archives: Features

Dakota Access Lifeline

By Bette Grande and Isaac Orr Western North Dakota has a history of oil booms and busts. The cycle began when oil was discovered in western North Dakota in the 1950s and occurred again in the 1980s. Today, global oil prices and a lack of pipeline transportation have put the…

New Salvation Army leadership in the Bakken

Say hello to Captains Cappy and Rhonda Moore, the newest leaders of the Williston Salvation Army. They’ve replaced Captains Joshua and Rhegan Stansbury, who were relocated to Springfield, Ill., after serving in Williston for five years. The Moores have been Salvation Army officers for 13 years with Captain Cappy considering…

Gas demand heats up commodity market

By Melanie Franner Energy is in constant demand – be it air conditioning in the summer or heating in the winter. Add to that the regular need for electricity for cooking, lighting, or even water delivery, and the demand continues to rise. The correlation between energy demand and commodity prices…

Meridian’s Davis refinery: Industry game changer

By Melanie Franner The North Dakota refinery industry is about to advance by leaps and bounds, so says William Prentice, CEO of the Meridian Energy Group, Inc. The company’s proposed Davis crude oil refinery is expected to be a state-of-the-art facility located in the heart of the Bakken oilfields –…

Keystone XL advocates and opponents await American electorate decision of November 8, 2016

By Leonard Melman Few elections in recent memory have provoked the depth of animosity and controversy as the presidential election of 2016 between Republican candidate Donald Trump and Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. Many positions represent polar opposites and this has been especially true of anything relating to environmental topics, such…

North Dakota eyeing future petroleum price moves as indicator of economic growth

By Leonard Melman For the North Dakota oil industry, major changes seem to be occurring on a regular basis and now, those changes appear likely to impact politics in general, and the upcoming gubernatorial race of fall 2016 in particular. Many of these changes relate to the price of crude…