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Signs of oil boomlet in North Dakota after pipeline finished

Calgary Herald

May 15, 2017 

 BISMARCK, N.D. — There are hundreds more jobs than takers in the heart of North Dakota's oil patch. Finding a hotel room, parking space or table at a restaurant is no longer easy.

More than two years after the state's unprecedented oil bonanza fizzled to a lull, North Dakota — the nation's No. 2 oil producer behind Texas — is experiencing a sort of boomlet that has pushed daily production back above 1 million barrels daily.

"There is a long-term optimism that was not here just a year ago," said Williston Republican Sen. Brad Bekkedahl, whose western North Dakota district is in the epicenter of the state's oil-producing region.

Industry officials and others say the uptick comes from a bump in crude prices, regulatory certainty with the more drill-friendly Trump administration, better technology, and the prospect of nearly half of the state's crude coursing through the disputed Dakota Access Pipeline, which could open markets abroad where top prices are typically fetched.

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*North Dakota State Senator Brad Bekkedahl is a member of the Ports-to-Plains Alliance Board of Directors.


Construction to begin on New Williston Airport Spring 2016

(Shawn Wenko, Director Williston Economic Development) "The relocation for the new airport is really a great economic development driver for us. There are several key things for us here that can define the city of Williston as a hub and the airport is going to be one of them."


July 6, 2015

Construction on the Williston Airport's new terminal is expected to begin in the spring of 2016.Enplanements in Williston continue to soar.

98-hundred passengers boarded in Williston last month.

Airport Director Steven Kjergaard says the increase month-to-month is closer to a ten-percent jump, rather than the twenty-percent increase that's been maintained for the past few years -- but he says it's still growth.

Jennifer Kleen tells us how the airport relocation project could mean more growth for the city.

Relocation plans are moving forward for Sloulin Field International Airport.

(Steven Kjergaard, Director Sloulin Field Airport) "Next spring, the plan is to start construction as soon as we can."   Read on ...


Williston Economic Development to launch New Website, Video Marketing Campaign July 9

Williston Economic Development will ramp up its "Williston, The Last Great Place for Opportunity" marketing campaign during Business After Hours tonight! WED will premiere its redesigned website and new videos on Thursday, June 9th, from 5-7 p.m. at the TrainND - Northwest Petroleum Training Center. This will be the second annual Business After Hours co-sponsored by WED and the MonDak Ag Showcase. In 2014, they co-hosted the networking event at the newly opened Williston Area Recreation Center and tonight it will be held at the recently completed TrainND facility, located at 415 22nd Ave. NE. (near Halliburton).