USGS Bakken assessment. Behind the numbers: a closet optimists’ perspective

In April 2013, the United States Geological Service released its most current assessment of the Bakken and Three Forks formations. The long and short of the analysis was that the total amount of recoverable oil in the Bakken and Three Forks formations is roughly double that of earlier projections for…

An entrepreneur’s playground

Bakken oil boom creating much opportunity for many business professionals By Jillian Mitchell  The vast array of business and trade opportunities associated with the Bakken boom has many entrepreneurs all a-twitter, including executive director Tom Rolfstad of Williston Economic Development. “It’s a story that everyone is interested in hearing more…

NDPC nationally recognized for Pick Up the Patch! program

The North Dakota Petroleum Council was recently recognized with an Environmental Partnership Award by the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission (IOGCC). The NDPC received the award for its Pick Up the Patch! Program, which was launched in 2012 to create partnerships between communities and the oil and gas industry…

Medical facilities strive to meet demand

By Rebecca Colnar Exponential growth in the Bakken has not only brought about additional restaurants and housing for the increasing population, but medical facilities have also needed to increase their services. Whether it’s the Mercy Medical Center in Williston, McKenzie County Memorial Hospital and Clinic in Watford City or Sidney…

Shale, yes! Demand for Bakken work wear continues to increase

By Rebecca Colnar What is the well-dressed person wearing in the Bakken? Chances are a sturdy coat, jeans, safety boots and a hard hat are what’s de rigeur in the oilfield. Still, there are trends and much of the purchases are weather-dependent. Enough workers need clothes resulting in retail stores,…

Driving safely in the Bakken

MINOT, N.D. – Hess has a clear and simple safety mandate: Everyone, everywhere, every day… home safe. That’s why the company has taken an active role in addressing traffic safety, a continuing challenge from the oil boom in the North Dakota Bakken. “Our objectives are to minimize the impacts of…