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Sending money home from the Bakken

Bismarck Tribune -- TURTLE LAKE, N.D. — North Dakota has thousands of foot soldiers in this battle for energy independence.

In the Bakken oil shale battalion are men and women by the score, billeted in camps, standing in line for food and showers and counting the long, lonely hours between phone calls back home.

They have come from everywhere to work in this remote and often cold place.

Most leave their families behind, if they have one. They send a hard-earned paycheck from the Bakken, endorsed with love.

In many ways, it’s like enlisting in a war with no bullets.

One of those enlistees is Jeff Morrison, 43, who mustered out of Cedar City, Utah, in September 2011, to take a job with Marathon Oil at its New Town office.

What he was headed toward was the best job of his life. The salary and benefits were


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Submitted Feb 03, 2013 By: EZExit
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drpepperTX
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Message Posted: Feb 8, 2013 12:59:14 PM

Honda0105 states "lots of violence there (including rape of the few women who are there)"
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Interesting, since the Attorney General of North Dakota shows a drop in rape of 6.8% from 2010 to 2011.

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tomok
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 4:05:00 PM

Sending money home from the Bakken - 'in a war with no bullets!' North Dakota, very Cold in the winter and very Hot in the summer, and No place to go. What a place to work!
You have to do, what you have to do! Sit on your butt, do nothing or find a job that can help your life, your family and your future. A job that can use your life experiences, knowledge and abilities. Go where the jobs are because the jobs will NOT come to you.
I had to work swing shift and missed the kids when they were in high school and have always regretted it but that was the job I was 'stuck' with. Sometimes there was lots of overtime and some very good paychecks came my wayI stayed with it and now have a pension and 401k to live with. And, the kids have grown up without too much worse for wear because I was Not there during the evenings.
Vehicle manufactures Produce and the population ‘Drives’ vehicles with high MPG, are very safe, reliable, have a ‘reasonable’ cost and a good ‘value’ for the money.
The price of fuel at the pump is too high!
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honda0105
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Message Posted: Feb 6, 2013 11:01:13 PM

Kar: lots of violence there (including rape of the few women who are there) and extremely high housing costs. Many aren't so happy, and would rather do w/out the small windfall.
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drpepperTX
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Message Posted: Feb 6, 2013 7:52:00 AM

KAR120CSII, the locals are enjoying the gains from the boom as well. Like in the days of the gold boom, it was the shopkeeper, the restaurant owners and so on that made the fortunes.
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honda0105
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Message Posted: Feb 6, 2013 4:57:33 AM

it's the same as migrant workers, except these folks stay in the same country.
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If it's there let's produce it.The "environmentalists" can freeze in the dark for all I care.
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LetemEatCake
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Message Posted: Feb 4, 2013 6:52:21 PM


Thanks for posting EZ, good article!
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KAR120CSII
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Message Posted: Feb 4, 2013 5:08:42 PM

thanks -- interesting story.

Might like to hear about the local folks who have to put with the 'boom' also.
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You've gotta do what you've gotta do.
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Message Posted: Feb 4, 2013 6:06:15 AM

Old gold rush type news
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Message Posted: Feb 4, 2013 5:24:20 AM

What a life, similar to pipelining.
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Message Posted: Feb 3, 2013 11:45:37 PM

This is a common story. In Alberta there is ahuge amount of maritimers from the east coast of Canada working in the north of Alberta on the rigs. You sometimes have to go where the work is.
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I don't know them.
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BOOM Towns!
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God Bless North Dakota!!!
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Message Posted: Feb 3, 2013 11:32:03 PM

Never been there.
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Message Posted: Feb 3, 2013 11:31:04 PM

boom town
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rough life
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People who really want a job will go almost anywhere to get it.
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Been there done that!
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Where's mine
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Message Posted: Feb 3, 2013 11:24:53 PM

often cold ??..i would think north dakota IS cold at least 6 months of the year..

wonder what -50 actually feels like ??..
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Message Posted: Feb 3, 2013 11:24:53 PM

Sounds a bit like the '49 gold rush
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Good
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Jobs is jobs.
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Good...
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Many have to make sacrifices to pay their bills. It's a choice to be made very carefully.
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It's a job.
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Message Posted: Feb 3, 2013 11:21:33 PM

old news
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What an opportunity for an adventure.
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Brrrrrrrr. Too cold for me
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Its a job.
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Old News!!!
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Old news.
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If I were younger I might consider doing something like this
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Old news!
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At least some people get jobs, and good ones, if they care to give up a faair part of a family life.
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good
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Good, at least some people accept responsibility
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Good for them
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my hubbys nephew is working at the Alberta tarsands, family finally moved west so they could see him at least once per week.
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Sounds like he's doing what he needs to do.
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a real tear jerker. Now how does an irrelevant anecdote get up here?
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Gotta admire a man working to provide for his family.
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Need to get that check.
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No saloons or bordellos there?
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old
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No doubt that it is a hard life. Of course, the workers are the pawns in this game played by the oil companies.
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ok
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AGAIN...
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Not much of a life.
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