BAKKEN PLAY: BOOM or BURDEN?
WILLISTON, N. D. — In two short years, Bainville, a town with at least 150 residents on the Montana-North Dakota state line, has seen its K-12 school enrollment of 67 nearly double.
WILLISTON, N.D. — Looking over to a badlands butte flanking the shore of Lake Sakakawea, Bev and Bruce Conway, of Williston, N.D., pointed out their truck window to a 30-foot natural-gas flare burning up from a coulee under a brilliant July sky.
While enjoying a summer night at the cabin on the shores of Lake Sakakawea 20 miles east of Williston, N.D., attorney Chuck Neff spotted massive lights illuminating a once-dark bluff. The full moon hanging low in the prairie sky paled in comparison.
Western North Dakota and, to a lesser extent, parts of Eastern Montana, are racing through the third oil boom since the first well struck black gold in 1951 near Tioga.
WILLISTON, N.D. — Tugging at his King Ropes cap, Greg MacCarty laughed about his unexpected career shift to truck driver in the oil fields of western North Dakota after 35 years ranching with his wife, Vickie, near the Pryor Mountains south of Billings.