Category Archives: Features

Study projects electrical demand to more than triple in Williston Basin

Small-town living has changed significantly for residents in western North Dakota. An area once with little traffic, and homes for sale for months at a time, is now experiencing traffic compared to many of the nation’s largest cities and homes are selling before they even reach the market. It is…

No crude left behind

Pipeline, rail, barge… any way out! Prior to the shale and tight oil boom in the U.S. and significant expansion of oilsands in Canada, the U.S. and Canadian system for delivering crude oil to market was stable and relatively predictable. In general, the U.S. and Canadian crude oil pipeline networks were originally designed for taking crude oil…

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…