Texas civil and environmental engineering firm lands fracking project in North Dakota

Southwest Engineers Inc., a full-service civil and environmental engineering consulting firm, today announced it has signed an extensive agreement with Earthwater Resources Inc. for a major project on the Bakken Shale oil and gas zone in North Dakota. The project includes drilling and transporting water from a previously undiscovered, nontraditional, groundwater…

Building strong in the Bakken: Wanzek Construction

Wanzek Construction is all over the Williston Basin in western North Dakota, moving equipment and materials and completing industrial and civil projects for regional and global customers. Wanzek’s commitment to work in the Bakken goes well beyond the norm for a construction firm, says Frank Rusich, senior vice-president of the…

Women in the Bakken: Dancing to a different drum

By Melanie Franner The Bakken oilfields offer the allure of steady, good-paying jobs. And this in itself is enough to attract a fair number of working men. It also appeals to husbands and wives and/or families, many of whom who view it as a way to start over. And, as with life in any…

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…