Oil Patch city bypasses open to traffic: New routes to improve flow, quality of life

(The Williston Herald)

Gov. Jack Dalrymple joined with state and local officials here Tuesday to christen three truck bypasses in western North Dakota, paving the way for once-quiet communities to regain some semblance of normalcy amid the region’s energy boom.
Read More

UND drills into the petroleum game

(Williston Herald)

The University of North Dakota is growing with the western part of the state, and a lot of its growth is happening to support needs in the oil patch.
Read More

ND oil conditioning standards will have flexibility, Helms says: Industrial Commission may consider standards next month

(The Dickinson Press)

New standards for conditioning North Dakota crude oil to make it safer for shipment will provide flexibility and could come up for approval next month, the state’s top oil and gas regulator said Monday.
Read More

Bakken's next phase: Natural gas


Even as it fills the railroads of the Upper Midwest with oil tank cars, the Bakken has allowed its natural gas riches to languish.
Read More

Inside Energy: Oil money and ND politics

(Prairie Public News)

Politics in North Dakota have historically been decidedly low-key--and low-budget. But the oil boom has changed that. Political spending in the state is up, way up-- $17 million so far this year. That's more than double what was spent in 2010, and in a few key races, the oil and gas industry is a major donor. From our Inside Energy team at Prairie Public, Emily Guerin reports on why the stakes have gotten so high so suddenly.
Read More

Housing secretary visits North Dakota oil patch


U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp and western North Dakota officials asked the head of the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development on Wednesday for help as the state copes with a lack of affordable housing brought on by the oil boom.
Read More