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Double your salary in the middle of nowhere, North Dakota (oil boom)
CNN ^ | 9/28/11 | Blake Ellis

Posted on 10/06/2011 4:23:37 AM PDT by EBH

Believe it or not, a place exists where companies are hiring like crazy, and you can make $15 an hour serving tacos, $25 an hour waiting tables and $80,000 a year driving trucks.

You just have to move to North Dakota. Specifically, to one of the tiny towns surrounding the oil-rich Bakken formation, estimated to hold anywhere between 4 billion and 24 billion barrels of oil.

Oil companies have only recently discovered ways to tap this reserve. And along with the manpower needed to extract the oil, the town is now scrambling to find workers to support the new rush of labor.

Watford City is at the center of the Bakken formation. While it is home to less than 3,000 permanent residents, there are about 6,500 people there right now, as job hunters relocate to seek out high-paying jobs.

Aaron Pelton, the owner of Outlaws Bar & Grill in Watford, said his sales have been nearly doubling every year -- and it's only getting busier. Servers at his restaurant make about $25 an hour when tips are factored in, and kitchen staff employees make around $15 an hour.

(Excerpt) Read more at money.cnn.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; News/Current Events; Unclassified
KEYWORDS: bakken; boom; boomtown; energy; jobs; oil; oilshale; prosperity; wealth
Now this would be infrastructure building, homeland security, and energy independence.

Just keep 0bama AWAY!

1 posted on 10/06/2011 4:23:42 AM PDT by EBH
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To: EBH

an interesting read! Thank you for posting it.


2 posted on 10/06/2011 4:32:42 AM PDT by Iowa Granny (Clintion ruined a dress, but Obama ruined a Nation.)
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To: Iowa Granny

I thought it was an interesting read and a great example of where our whole country could be headed...if 0bama just would get the heck out of the way...

With the ME smoldering on the verge of starting WW...we should be looking to existing energy security.

If we did that one thing...so much of the 0bama Depression would end. This is what we’ve got to do. I’ve been saying if for a long time now. Oil needs to be developed in conjunction with all the energy resources. Oil, coal, water, sun. Each resource situated and suited to the region and not so compartmentalized as any failure causes catastropic loss to any one resource or region.

That is and energy plan for America. Now...where is the candidate?


3 posted on 10/06/2011 4:40:56 AM PDT by EBH (God Humbles Nations, Leaders, and Peoples before He uses them for His Purpose)
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To: EBH

My sister and her husband moved to ND in the early 80, he getting a job working on the oil derricks. They would have to drive 100-200 miles out to these derricks and back each day, and work in the most grueling weather you could imagine. Tough tough work.


4 posted on 10/06/2011 4:42:28 AM PDT by NavyCanDo
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To: NavyCanDo

Notice though...it is not just oil jobs. There isn’t enough housing etc. either. There is more than just oil jobs happening out there.


5 posted on 10/06/2011 4:44:01 AM PDT by EBH (God Humbles Nations, Leaders, and Peoples before He uses them for His Purpose)
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To: EBH
The main proponent of the Bakken field claims North America could outstrip the Middle East in oil production in a few years. I believe him but a few things have to take place first:

1. Get rid of the present administration.

2. Allow people to drill for, transport, and refine the oil.

That is all.

6 posted on 10/06/2011 4:45:01 AM PDT by Former Proud Canadian (Obamanomics-growing poverty one day at a time)
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To: EBH

People are making money?!?

Well, we'll put an end to that!

7 posted on 10/06/2011 4:46:29 AM PDT by Haiku Guy (If you have a right / To the service I provide / I must be a slave)
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To: EBH
Couldn't this oil boom have boomed in a warmer place?

TDC! (Too Damned Cold)

8 posted on 10/06/2011 4:47:34 AM PDT by Hatteras
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To: EBH

9 posted on 10/06/2011 4:54:09 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: EBH

Occupy N. Dakota with a resume and you can get a job.


10 posted on 10/06/2011 4:55:28 AM PDT by VanDeKoik (1 million in stimulus dollars paid for this tagline!)
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To: Hatteras

Eagle Ford employers find it hard to fill jobs
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2768824/posts

The ideal job will winter in South Texas and summer in North Dakota.


11 posted on 10/06/2011 4:57:23 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: Hatteras

“Couldn’t this oil boom have boomed in a warmer place?”

No kidding, I spent most of January back in 83 doing some work for Amaco just ouside of Williston. Never been so cold in my life!


12 posted on 10/06/2011 4:57:37 AM PDT by Dusty Road
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To: EBH

Yep. A great example of jobs making more jobs.


13 posted on 10/06/2011 5:02:23 AM PDT by kimmie7 (I do not think BO is the antichrist, but he may very well be 665.)
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To: EBH

If this keeps up, soon it will be “somewhere”.


14 posted on 10/06/2011 5:02:39 AM PDT by BfloGuy (Given enough time, the primary function of any bureaucracy becomes the employment of its employees.)
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To: Hatteras
You've got that right, block heaters on all cars, so cold the paint on your car freezes and peels. Had a friend spend a year up there buying leases. He had to have his car repainted after he got back to Texas.

Sonny-Jim, now that's cold!
15 posted on 10/06/2011 5:05:34 AM PDT by Sudetenland (There can be no freedom without God--What man gives, man can take away.)
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To: BfloGuy

“If this keeps up, soon it will be “somewhere”.”

Yep thats how towns grow, Midland and Odessa Texas were just railway way stations and farming and ranching until they discovered oil.


16 posted on 10/06/2011 5:09:17 AM PDT by Dusty Road
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To: VanDeKoik
Occupy N. Dakota with a resume and you can get a job.

E-mail 'em. The State will give you a list of drillers looking for people.

17 posted on 10/06/2011 5:24:45 AM PDT by woofer
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To: NavyCanDo

“Tough tough work.”

It’s much easier to “protest” on Wall Street, than find a real job.


18 posted on 10/06/2011 5:26:57 AM PDT by radioone ("2012 can't come soon enough")
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To: radioone

Housing can be moved up there. There are plenty of unused trailers in New Orleans.


19 posted on 10/06/2011 5:30:33 AM PDT by DIRTYSECRET
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To: thackney

Now that is a hocky stick graph if ever I saw one!


20 posted on 10/06/2011 5:33:20 AM PDT by EBH (God Humbles Nations, Leaders, and Peoples before He uses them for His Purpose)
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To: radioone
I agree totally. I had to work several jobs I hated, before I found one I enjoy - and get paid well for. Plus like in most industries they create other jobs as well. The trickle down we all know.
21 posted on 10/06/2011 5:35:23 AM PDT by NavyCanDo
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To: NavyCanDo

Barring government interference, these jobs will be around for decades too.


22 posted on 10/06/2011 5:39:07 AM PDT by EBH (God Humbles Nations, Leaders, and Peoples before He uses them for His Purpose)
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To: EBH

too late obama’s job is to destroy this nation. he is coming.


23 posted on 10/06/2011 5:41:46 AM PDT by television is just wrong
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To: radioone

ping


24 posted on 10/06/2011 5:44:47 AM PDT by EBH (God Humbles Nations, Leaders, and Peoples before He uses them for His Purpose)
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To: EBH

We’ve got a brother in law who works on a road repair crew...lodging is really difficult for the guys to find; he’s considering buying a travel trailer for next spring’s tour.


25 posted on 10/06/2011 5:52:39 AM PDT by ErnBatavia (Obama Voters: Jose Baez wants YOU for his next jury pool.......)
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To: EBH

Does anyone REALLY think those “poor, downtrodden” protesters are going to move to NORTH Dakota? It get very cold there, and there is always snow to be shoveled and it gets dark early and you must BUY warm clothes for the winter weather and scrape ice from the windshield BEFORE you drive to work and your ears get cold and..and..and..and
I wonder if they could use a good watchmaker up there? I know extreme cold tends to affect batteries adversely.


26 posted on 10/06/2011 6:02:24 AM PDT by CaptainAmiigaf (NY TIMES: "We print the news as it fits our views")
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To: EBH

Then- when people did not get free money they packed up and went to where the work was.

Now-after yet another extension of unemployment benefits and eating food from your "independence" card- why even bother?

27 posted on 10/06/2011 6:21:07 AM PDT by icwhatudo ("laws requiring compulsory abortion could be sustained under the constitution"-Obama official)
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To: woofer

What construction/pipeline experience I have is mid-80s in high school and doubt I would be wanted. Wonder what the outlook is for technical types up there? I have had some experience in arctic cold but that was early 90s in Norway.


28 posted on 10/06/2011 6:24:51 AM PDT by wally_bert (It's sheer elegance in its simplicity! - The Middleman)
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To: woofer

What construction/pipeline experience I have is mid-80s in high school and doubt I would be wanted. Wonder what the outlook is for technical types up there? I have had some experience in arctic cold but that was early 90s in Norway.


29 posted on 10/06/2011 6:25:07 AM PDT by wally_bert (It's sheer elegance in its simplicity! - The Middleman)
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To: woofer

What construction/pipeline experience I have is mid-80s in high school and doubt I would be wanted. Wonder what the outlook is for technical types up there? I have had some experience in arctic cold but that was early 90s in Norway.


30 posted on 10/06/2011 6:25:16 AM PDT by wally_bert (It's sheer elegance in its simplicity! - The Middleman)
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To: ErnBatavia

The article points out that one should be sure to have lodging before heading out there.


31 posted on 10/06/2011 6:32:05 AM PDT by EBH (God Humbles Nations, Leaders, and Peoples before He uses them for His Purpose)
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To: wally_bert

Read the article. Sounds like they need lots more than just folks for the oil fields. If you are looking...might be worth doing your own due diligence ....good luck!


32 posted on 10/06/2011 6:33:17 AM PDT by EBH (God Humbles Nations, Leaders, and Peoples before He uses them for His Purpose)
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To: EBH

A smart young person would consider starting a business there.

Lawyer, plumber, accountant, hairdresser, anything.


33 posted on 10/06/2011 7:01:11 AM PDT by Atlas Sneezed (Author of BullionBible.com - Makes You a Precious Metal Expert, Guaranteed.)
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To: EBH

a former boss of mine who once lived there told me “there IS no cost of living in North Dakota”


34 posted on 10/06/2011 7:03:31 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: EBH
and $80,000 a year driving trucks.

Same here in south Texas. $26.50 per hour, two loads per day and 70 hrs per week. That is over $96,000 per year!

The local talk show had a guy call in and he said a trucking company has 100 openings. Of the 100 applicants, 70 failed the drug test.

35 posted on 10/06/2011 7:09:16 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (Dear God, thanks for the rain, but please let it rain more in Texas. Amen.)
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To: thackney
From the linked thread:

too many applicants fail drug tests

Was that you calling in to KLBJ this morning?

36 posted on 10/06/2011 7:13:08 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (Dear God, thanks for the rain, but please let it rain more in Texas. Amen.)
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To: Arrowhead1952

Not me, what was said?


37 posted on 10/06/2011 7:15:11 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: wally_bert

This is about the affect on the area in more than just oil field jobs.

When oil field jobs suck up lots of the available labor pool, jobs in other fields are going unfilled, while the population boom puts greater demand on the whole area.

You don’t have to be a welder or pipe fitter. There are increased IT needs just because of the other work.

https://www.ndworkforceconnection.com/jobbanks/jobdetails.asp?session=jobsearch&geo=3801000000&oescode=&ordernum=254427&src=VOS&zip=&radius=&geotype=&city=&idnum=254427&keyword=IT&site=VOS

https://www.ndworkforceconnection.com/jobbanks/jobdetails.asp?session=jobsearch&geo=3801000000&oescode=&ordernum=249311&src=VOS&zip=&radius=&geotype=&city=&idnum=249311&keyword=IT&site=VOS

http://www.ndworkforceconnection.com/jobbanks/jobadvopts.asp?session=jobsearch&geo=3801000000&areatype=90&p=jobadvopts&geotype=&city=&zip=&radius=


38 posted on 10/06/2011 7:26:52 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: thackney

From the thread you linked in #11 above, the large percentage who failed the drug tests.


39 posted on 10/06/2011 8:27:13 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (Dear God, thanks for the rain, but please let it rain more in Texas. Amen.)
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To: Arrowhead1952

Sorry I wasn’t clear.

What was said calling in to KLBJ this morning?


40 posted on 10/06/2011 8:34:16 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: thackney

There was a caller talking about all the jobs available in the Texas oil fields. He has knowledge of the testing procedures and all the drug test failures. 70% of those CDL drivers are using some type of drug while on the road is scary.

The hosts were talking about the “occupy Austin” rally today and all the demonstrators want something for nothing. They were asking if any of those people would take the driver jobs, IF they could pass the drug tests.


41 posted on 10/06/2011 8:55:49 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (Dear God, thanks for the rain, but please let it rain more in Texas. Amen.)
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To: Arrowhead1952

Thanks for the clarification.

I suspect this isn’t a sign of the general population.

Those that want to work in this industry and can pass a drug test, are already working.

Those applying to the jobs now in a market that has been strong for a while are either new to the industry, or new to trying to pass a drug test.


42 posted on 10/06/2011 9:08:44 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: Arrowhead1952
The hosts were talking about the “occupy Austin” rally today and all the demonstrators want something for nothing. They were asking if any of those people would take the driver jobs, IF they could pass the drug tests.

The host must have been pretty unenlightened. Heck take "those kinds of jobs," is immoral to their global warming gods.

43 posted on 10/06/2011 11:03:49 AM PDT by EBH (God Humbles Nations, Leaders, and Peoples before He uses them for His Purpose)
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To: EBH
The host must have been pretty unenlightened.

One is just that, but one is a FReeper. He knew they weren't wanting that type of labor. If I was a few years younger, I go get my CDL and drive a truck. BTW, there were only 150 people in Austin and I just heard it had 'grown' to about 200 by noon.

44 posted on 10/06/2011 11:36:44 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (Dear God, thanks for the rain, but please let it rain more in Texas. Amen.)
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To: EBH

It’s a 1.5 day drive from Wall St. to Watford City ND. The “I need a job” protestors could have one by Monday.


45 posted on 10/06/2011 11:46:48 AM PDT by ctdonath2 ($1 meals: http://abuckaplate.blogspot.com/)
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