Category Archives: Features

The trials and tribulations of the Bakken restaurant biz

By Rebecca Colnar Looking for a steak in Williston, a burrito in Sidney or a pizza in Culberston? It might take awhile to satisfy that hunger is the word on the street. Not only is there a shortage of housing but there is a real shortage of restaurants to fill the hungry tummies of the oilfield…

Safeguarding oil security

By Maria van der Hoeven, Executive Director, International Energy Agency Energy security has been the primary mission of the International Energy Agency (“the Agency”) since its founding in 1974, following a major oil crisis. Indeed, the Agency was created to provide a framework in which IEA countries could defend their…

Growing midstream: more ‘liquids-based in the midstream space’

Many years ago, MDU Resources Group called itself a “multidimensional natural resource company.” The description was more than fitting since the Bismarck-based corporation had a utility division that offered electric generation and distribution along with natural gas distribution. The company also operated an interstate natural gas transmission pipeline and storage…

Billings is a partner to the Bakken

By Jeremy Vannatta, Big Sky Economic Development Over 200 miles away from the closest Bakken well, the city of Billings has quickly become one of the largest providers of goods and services to the Williston Basin area. While many Billings-based companies have been doing business for many years in the…

Lookin’ for ‘A Few Good Men’? Former military personnel especially suited for work in the Bakken oilpatch

By Laura Tode Everyone’s hiring in the Bakken. From the new hotels springing up like wildflowers, to the established oil companies that were around for North Dakota’s first oil boom, it seems to an outsider like anyone can find a job; but there isn’t a single employer in the Williston…

A new energy flowing to eastern Montana as Bakken field development expands

Story and photos by Rebecca Colnar The Bakken oilfield’s effect on towns in eastern Montana has been significant economically, whether in new condos and hotels being built, new businesses popping up in towns or increased traffic. RV parks are bursting at the seams, gas stations are full and service employees…