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…

Infrastructure racing to keep up with oil industry

By Laura Bailey When a newcomer visits the Williston Basin, the first indicator of North Dakota’s oil boom is not likely to be the drilling platforms popping up on the horizon—it’s the orange cones that seem to sprout from the asphalt like dandelions. Roads are under construction everywhere, and it…

Plant construction at Dakota Prairie Refining progressing on schedule

Recruiting and hiring process for 80+ employees starting Construction of the first greenfield refinery to be built in the U.S. since 1976 is on track and now moving into the initial employee recruiting and hiring phase.  In total, the refinery will require more than 80 full-time personnel, with the largest…

Bakken answers the naysayers with double and triple recoverable estimates

By Chris Faulkner, President & CEO, Breitling Energy Companies To paraphrase Mark Twain, reports of the Bakken formation’s demise have been greatly exaggerated. Earlier in the year, naysayers were wringing hands and sounding the death knell for the Bakken based on falling rig counts and wrong assumptions. As noted in…