A Requiem for the American Dream

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by Featured Guest on December 3, 2012

By Matt Forney

“Looks like they forgot about us,” Dale remarked.

It had been half-an-hour since our boss had dropped us off in that abandoned parking lot, without giving us our assignments. There was no trace of civilization around us for miles, save for a farmhouse off in the distance. Across the road, a pond glowed a delicious shade of blue in the morning sunlight.

“Let’s take shelter in there,” I pointed to a nearby storage unit, my teeth chattering in the prairie wind. “He can find us when he comes back.”

Dale and I ambled over to the unit, tipping the door shut behind us.

While killing time, Dale and I started making small talk. He was a working-class man my dad’s age, with eyeglasses, a bushy white pornstache, and bad hearing. He was from Conrad, Montana, though he’d only moved back there relatively recently from Everett, Washington. Like most everyone else, Dale had come to this fresh slice of hell looking for work.

“This is the furthest east I’ve ever been,” he remarked between drags of his Marlboro.

The conversation turned to family. Dale asked me if I had any kids. I replied in the negative.

“Oh well, you’re still young,” he mused. “How old are you again?”

“Twenty-four.”

“Ah yes, I’ve got a son your age. Computer programmer. Lives down in Portland. Got a daughter too, studying at UC Berkeley. She’s a bitch.” Dale ground out his Marlboro with his foot.

I managed a chuckle. Dale kept going.

“Takes after my mother. She was a real bitch, too. I think it runs in the family.”

“Looks like the bitch gene skipped a generation,” I tried to joke.

“Yeah, well my wife didn’t help.” Dale grinned, the grin of a man about to bare uncomfortable secrets to a guy he’d only known for a about two hours.

“My wife was a Blackfoot Indian. Genius-level IQ. Absolutely gorgeous when she was young. Met her when I was living in Missoula. But Jesus, she was mean. Always starting fights and yelling at me over everything.”

For some reason, complete strangers always unload their personal issues on me even though we barely know each other. I’m used to it by now. I just smiled, nodded and let Dale ramble on.

“Finally, one night, she went nuts. Confronted me at our bedroom door, started slapping me. I hit her back and she called the police. Spent five days in county jail.”

At this, I was incredulous. “They sent you to jail! You were defending yourself!”

“Well, in Washington state, hard to believe it, but if the police are called out in a domestic violence case, they have to arrest somebody,” Dale replied without a twinge of regret in his voice. “Doesn’t matter who started it.”

“That’s insane,” I said.

“As you can probably guess, we’re not married anymore,” Dale concluded, lighting another Marlboro. “A real bitch, she was.”

***

Stories like Dale’s are a dime a dozen out here. This is Williston, North Dakota, the land that the recession forgot.

Williston is the headquarters of a new oil boom driven by hydrofracking, which enables oil companies to exploit deposits that have previously been inaccessible. It’s been estimated that the Bakken formation, which covers roughly 200,000 square miles in western North Dakota, eastern Montana and northwestern South Dakota, contains enough oil to not only make America independent of foreign oil, but actually make the country into a net oil exporter by 2030. Because of this, companies like Halliburton and Baker-Hughes have been swarming in, offering jobs that pay up to $120,000 a year without requiring any experience or qualifications, aside from the ability to pass a drug test.

It’s not a stretch to say that Williston is not just one of the most important cities in America right now, it’s one of the most important in the world.

***

A couple days after I landed in Williston, I was heading back to my pad when I met one of the new arrivals, a black guy from Seattle. There are a lot of Washingtonians out here for some reason.

“Hey man, this city is great!” he exclaimed.

“Yeah?”

“I was down at the temp office today. They had me sweeping the floor at John Deere. I made $90 just sweeping. And when I got there, they actually said, ‘Thank you for coming to Williston!’” He grinned.

“Yeah man, this is probably the only place in America where we call the shots,” I said. “They need us workers more than we need them.”

That might be an exaggeration, but it’s not a big one. North Dakota is the state with the lowest unemployment rate, at a mere 3% (versus 8% for the country at large); Williston’s unemployment rate is less than 1%. Even with all the press the town gets and the dismal state of the economy, local business are still screaming for workers, forcing wages ever higher. Applebee’s is the only employer I know of that pays less than $12/hr, and that’s only because their employees get tips. Not only do workers get paid big, they work considerable overtime (80-100 hours is the average for roustabouts), further upping their paychecks.

Even the temp agencies, ordinarily the province of the desperate and downtrodden, have good-paying work available. Roll into the office each morning and you’ll have your pick of unskilled labor jobs paying around $13-17 an hour, flagging being the most notable. Flaggers are the folks at road construction sites responsible for directing traffic with stop/slow signs, and with all the expansion in the Bakken, they’re in huge demand during the warm months. To become a flagger, all you have to do is head down to Job Service North Dakota, watch a 15-minute video, take a multiple choice test, and if you pass (and if you have an IQ above room temperature, you will pass), take your freshly printed certification down to the temp office.

That’s right: you can make $16-17 an hour just standing around holding a stop sign.

Workers are so scarce in Williston that employers are resorting to increasingly desperate measures to lure them in. For example, Walmart is now paying for its employees’ hotel rooms, at least through the Christmas shopping season. This is on top of their starting pay rate of $17/hr ($21/hr for overnight stockers). A Pilot Travel Center north of the city is also offering housing in hopes of rounding up enough employees ahead of their grand opening in a few weeks.

Basically, Williston is perhaps the last city where the American Dream is still a reality.

***

Williston looks like what you’d expect a middle-of-nowhere burg suddenly invaded by thousands of jobless men to be. The city is over two hours north of the nearest Interstate; the closest major cities, Minneapolis and Calgary, are over a dozen hours’ drive away. It’s as close as you can get to pure isolation in the lower 48.

Downtown looks like it was trapped in a time warp back in the 70′s. There’s a J.C. Penney’s, a movie theater, a cafe and bars, and that’s it. The roads leading in and out of the city are a confusing patchwork of half-finished McMansions, freshly paved cul-de-sacs, and hastily erected gas stations. There are no malls, no art museums, and no nightclubs. There is, however, a Walmart. And a Hardee’s. And a Dairy Queen.

Working 80-100 hours a week doesn’t seem so bad when you realize there’s nothing else to do in this town, aside from sit around at home and stare at the walls.

The Census Bureau says that Williston’s population is 16,000, but don’t believe it. With all the out-of-staters looking for work, I’d estimate the real population is around 30,000-35,000 right now, and 40,000-50,000 during the summer months. The city’s as much of a madhouse as you’d expect.

***

The Bakken oil boom has attracted gobs of attention from the international press. In my time here, me and/or my friends have talked to reporters from all over the world: Germany, France, Switzerland, Japan, the list goes on. I’ve also met a couple of filmmakers working on a documentary. They all do a decent job, but because they only hang around for short periods of time, they don’t get to penetrate the town too thoroughly. As a result, a lot of misinformation about Williston abounds.

Like the myth that it’s the “wild West.”

I’m from upstate New York. When I first mentioned to my family that I was thinking about relocating to North Dakota, they reacted with shock and horror. To hear it from New Yorkers, everyone west of Chicago and east of Seattle is a bloodthirsty psychopath eager to slit strangers’ throats, steal their credit cards and anally rape their corpses. I knew on a certain level that they were full of it, but I still didn’t know what to expect when I landed in town. It didn’t help that one of my first sights was of a drunk getting Rodney Kinged by two of Williston’s finest in the city park.

As it turns out, my family was full of it. Williston is easily one of the safer cities I’ve ever lived in. If you’re a man, you can easily walk from one end of town to the other at night and not have to worry about anything aside from traffic. Try doing that in Syracuse, Albany, New York City or any of the “enlightened” Eastern metropolises; you’ll be leaving town in a body bag. Aside from a couple of incidents, I never felt like my life was in danger.

Now, is Williston a hundred percent safe? Of course not. There are a lot of shady characters in town, particularly working for the temp agencies. There are some employers who will try to stiff you if you let them. Fights are not uncommon, and women in particular aren’t advised to go around at night without a male escort. But exercise common sense, keep your eyes open and you’ll be fine.

***

Speaking of women, they’re yet another commodity that Williston doesn’t offer. Not to say that there are no women, but they’re here in considerably fewer numbers than the men. While it’s true that the most lucrative roughneck jobs are basically for men only, physically demanding as they are, this is a place where even “menial” jobs like being a register jockey are pretty damn lucrative. Despite all the evidence to the contrary, feminists and white knights continue to argue that the current recession has hurt women just as much as men if not more so; were this the case, I’d expect to see the sexes here in roughly equal numbers.

Yet, the only women coming to Williston for work are either strippers or prostitutes. Why?

The answer is twofold. Of course the feminists are lying when they claim that women as a group have been impacted by the recession to anywhere near the degree that men have. I’ve met guys here from all over the country; the Pacific Northwest, California, New Mexico, and the Deep South. I’ve also met numerous recent immigrants from Peru, Poland, Russia and Ethiopia. The only women I’ve met are either locals, college students or came with their boyfriends/husbands. But even assuming that the feminists were right, I doubt we’d see many women in the Bakken for one reason:

They don’t have it in them.

On a flagging job during my first week in Williston, one of my compadres, a journalism major from California, notified me of some oil job opportunities out in New Town, a tiny Indian village about seventy miles east. He was planning to hitch a ride out there and live in a tent so he could apply in person. I thought he was crazy: the wind chill in North Dakota makes sleeping outdoors a risky proposition in summer, and suicidal in the winter.

“C’mon man, we’re pioneers,” he exclaimed. “We’re charting new lands!”

I ended up declining, mainly because I like sleeping indoors too much. But the point stands: the men of Williston are supernaturally dedicated to their work. They’ll drive thousands of miles across the country, sleep in their cars, wake up at five in the morning in the vain hope of getting dispatched to dig ditches for nine hours a day, anything to keep themselves and their families afloat.

Women don’t have that drive. They’re creatures of routine and habit. Left to their own devices, they will always take the easy way out. The average twentysomething female debt slave (shouldn’t have majored in Butterfly Sexuality, dear!) would rather tend a Starbucks in a “cool” city like New York or Washington, D.C. for minimum wage than migrate out to a “boring,” “scary” place like Williston. This shows in everything they do. While women do receive the majority of college degrees, they’re typically in useless subjects like the liberal arts; the majority of useful, difficult degrees (in math and science majors) are still going to men. Women dominate useless office jobs and HR departments; men still dominate construction, the trades, engineering and other careers that are responsible for keeping society afloat.

And of course, they rule the Bakken, helping drill the very substance—oil—that makes the luxurious, first-world life of so many American women possible in the first place.

***

Unfortunately for men, the boom times in North Dakota are coming to an end.

In the run-up to the presidential election, many of the oil companies put hiring freezes in place in hopes of a Romney victory. Environmentalists are a core bloc of the Democratic Party, and word on the street was that Obama would attempt to either regulate fracking or ban it entirely. Heavily Democratic states such as New York and California have fought tooth and nail to keep fracking illegal in their communities due to overblown fears of its’ environmental impact. This is despite those states dismal economies, and North Dakota’s booming one. With his scuttling of the Keystone pipeline, Obama has shown that he’s not afraid to “stand up to Big Oil” (read: destroy America’s best chance for energy independence).

I’ve also heard (but can’t confirm) that Saudi Arabia is contributing a lot of money to anti-hydrofracking groups, all the better to keep us hooked on their supply.

With the Messiah’s reelection, the aforementioned hiring freezes have been extended indefinitely. Skilled workers (such as those with a CDL or rig experience) are still in demand somewhat, but the days of being able to get off the bus and score an interview with Select Energy the next day are over. Even if the House Republicans successfully block Obama’s suicidal energy policies, you can bet that the Democrats will tax the oil companies into oblivion so they can keep funding worthless government jobs for women back in Washington.

This all comes on the heels of a number of ordinances the city of Williston has passed to crack down on people sleeping in their cars and bringing campers within the city limits. I don’t entirely blame them—it’s not pleasant to have people freezing to death in their cars overnight—but it’s just one more obstacle to contend with.

The net effect of all this is that workers are fleeing Williston in droves.

This includes myself. Last June, I left my home of Syracuse, New York on a hitchhiking trip to Portland, Oregon. I landed in Williston in mid-September hoping to land a job on one of the rigs, if only for the amusing stories it might provide. I left the Monday after Thanksgiving, unable to secure a job that either provided housing or paid enough to afford it: studio apartments go for around $2,500 a month here, and hotel rooms around $400 a night, assuming you can find either. Even RV hookups, long the province of white trash, are no cheaper than $2,100 a month.

When I came into Williston, the roads in and out of the city were absolutely clogged, Chicago-style. When I left, they were half-deserted.

This is a requiem for the American Dream. The sentiment that Williston is the last place in America where you can rise up and become rich through your own efforts is something that nearly every guy I’ve met here has echoed. I’ve met countless guys who were at the end of their rope—homeless, penniless, hopeless—who made it to North Dakota and were able to make something of themselves. The feminists and liberals want to see this crushed, to see them crushed.

The problem with dreams is that you eventually have to wake up.

{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

Chris December 3, 2012 at 10:48

Today the Wimmenz refuge in my country decided that economic abuse is a new way men oppress women. Then I read this… the requiem is for two things (a) the end of a boomtown (Obama is going to drive your country into the gutter, sorry) and (b) the loss of one of the few refuges for men, where they can make money, and get out of the financial hole that the facists (sorry family) court has dropped them into.

The Amecian dream is dead almost everywhere. Perhaps Canada will Frack, and you all can go there and resurrect it. Otherwise, tIme to go Galt?

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Bill December 3, 2012 at 10:58

And just think – if not for the evil immigration policies of the last 50 years, the entire US would have a labor market closer to this rather than one with low wages and 8%+ unemployment.

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Gilgamesh December 3, 2012 at 11:38

Who cares about the men who are out of a job. What about all the poor women who have to marry down?

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Rebel December 3, 2012 at 11:52

“economic abuse is a new way men oppress women.” !!!!

Really?

Hats off to creativity!!!!

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The Scapcod Gaggler December 3, 2012 at 12:09

It’s not over.

As a man I say….even in the face of ever increasing global tyranny we shall persevere! The US might be lost, aye, I do not deny it. But think larger. I say there is one country not yet sullied by Feminism: Russia.

Russia is what is left of manliness. And if all else fails…may Western Man be resurrected in the endless lands of eastern Siberia.

And remember ye…the world is becoming warmer. A warmer world means that hitherto inaccessible areas become accessible. I.e. Russia.

Go for Gold…

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brigadon December 3, 2012 at 12:23

If you are really desperate, Salt Lake City still has jobs. Oracle here is hiring nearly 1500 people (or trying to). The Macdonalds and desk jockey jobs are hard to find, but anything requiring real work or actual intelligence/education is still going begging. Salt Lake is one of the few places that is still booming despite the depression, and the best part is that they generally don’t hunt down out-of-state ‘deadbeat dads’ for imprisonment from back east, although they will still fuck your paycheck pretty throughly.
There’s a strong father’s rights movement here, but things are not really bad enough for men for the MRM to gain a strong foothold here yet. The Mormons seem to take the idea of men as head of household fairly seriously, probably one of the biggest reasons Romney lost even a sniff of the entitled pussy vote.

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zed December 3, 2012 at 12:38

“economic abuse is a new way men oppress women.” !!!!

Apparently, men can oppress women simply by continuing to draw breath.

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keyster December 3, 2012 at 13:22

Men are more industrious, creative and willing to take risks.

My grandfather left Scotland 100 years ago for the American dream. He took the three oldest boys, and left mother with the two youngest for one year, until he could get established and send for her and the rest of his family. Men always send for the women later.

He built up a ceramic tile business of 100 men, and 40 trucks. One day in 1929 the stock market crashed and he went to the bank to get his money ($80,ooo) and it wasn’t there. Wiped out in a day. He spent the rest of his life doing tile jobs around Philadelphia on his own, never came close to recovering. He died of a heart attack at the age of 76 while on an elevator, after a tile job in the building of course.

If you get around Philadelphia today and see some older ceramic tile work, many decorative mosaics, it was probably my grandfather that did the work.

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Lester Orban December 3, 2012 at 13:57

This was an interesting article and I enjoyed it but the author’s assertion that Minneapolis and Calgary are the only major cities within a twelve hour drive is simply not true. Regina, Saskatchewan which has a pretty respectible population of 200,000 or so, is only 186 miles away or 3 1/2 hours.

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El Bastardo December 3, 2012 at 14:19

Honestly; Obama and economical wrecking crew only want to crush the dream of men. Specifically men who don’t agree with everything they do; which is most all of us.

It would maybe be slightly better under a Rebooblican; but DC politics are set in stone. Until our society can chisel them out without being disturbed; you could have one of God’s most gifted angels running things and nothing would change.

Whether an asteroid or Christ’s return, pinch me then.

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realist December 3, 2012 at 15:16

“Women don’t have that drive.”

And they shouldn’t. Women are not biologically built to be “driven and ambitious” (although they can be). The woman’s job is to have babies and to take care of them – and that’s enough work as it is. For women to be mothers (or carers, and most carers in our society are women) AND to expect them to drive themselves out to oil digging jobs is too much to ask. The equivalent of that would be to expect a guy to do “men’s work” AND to birth a baby on top of it. Women prefer safer jobs and that’s how it should be – it’s normal, it’s natural. They better. Nature makes them want to protect their bodies.

And about the oil that makes things run to have the luxuries of a modern life – it is not just women who benefit from that, but everyone, including men. You mentioned yourself you prefer to sleep indoors – only possible because of those men who extract oil! So you should be just as grateful as any woman. So who cooks for these men, who cares for their aging parents and who has their kids? Who writes company invoices, who does the bookkeeping, who works at the hospital, who does the cleaning?

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realist December 3, 2012 at 15:21

And, by the way… there is a lack of women in all of these types of places, you’d see the same thing in Alaska or on oil rigs in Northern Europe. There is just no need for women there, and there is no infrastructure that women might need (such as day care), so obviously they will live elsewhere.

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Mark December 3, 2012 at 16:39

Nice to see this narrative piece on the site, well done.

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Ode December 4, 2012 at 01:03

Realist

And, by the way… there is a lack of women in all of these types of places, you’d see the same thing in Alaska or on oil rigs in Northern Europe. There is just no need for women there, and there is no infrastructure that women might need (such as day care), so obviously they will live elsewhere.

What are you proposing?
It is not the responsibility of private companies nor the state to provide day care. If a woman stupidly chooses to become a single mother let her deal with the mess, day care expenses included. Why should all the beta males of society have to work overtime to pay for all the baby mommas out there?

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joeb December 4, 2012 at 10:43

Wait ,Wait Wait , the women are the day care . This just works into feminist theory of being paid for berthing .

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Ethical December 4, 2012 at 12:05

Great writing. Interesting story about the temporary boom in Williston.

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Jim Kettleman December 10, 2012 at 20:32

I realize I’m a little late to the show, but I’ve also spent the last two years working service rigs out of the Dickinson area, so I may be able to add a little to the discussion.

But when I say “add a little,” I mean “call horseshit on a lot of this.”

“Companies like Halliburton and Baker-Hughes have been swarming in, offering jobs that pay up to $120,000 a year without requiring any experience or qualifications”

Not on your life. A guy fresh off the bus with no CDL, no certifications, nothing but clean piss could start at about 70k if he plays his cards right. Driver’s license and clean record adds about ten. Throw in rig experience, a CDL, welding certs, what have you, you get to about 95k, 100k from a good company. A college diploma, your own truck or portable welding rig, or five to ten years experience is the only way you’ll see 120+.

“Working 80-100 hours a week doesn’t seem so bad when you realize there’s nothing else to do in this town, aside from sit around at home and stare at the walls.”

There’s always something to do. If you’re bored, it’s not the town; it’s you.

“Williston is easily one of the safer cities I’ve ever lived in.”

I’m based out of Dickinson, so can’t speak with certainty about Williston, but the Oil Patch is anything but safe. I stand seven feet tall and largely try to avoid trouble, but in my two years up here I’ve gotten in half a dozen fights, pulled a gun once to dissuade a drunkard with a tire iron, and had to pick two coworkers up from jail after they tried to shoot each other in a bar’s parking lot. There are a fair number of rumors about men getting gangraped in Williston and Watford City, but I don’t particularly care to have that in my search history to find you a citation.

“The boom times in North Dakota are coming to an end.”

Not yet. It slowed down some for the election. It slowed down a little more because of the winter. It always does. But an oil boom isn’t over until you see suicidal bankers walking down the street begging people to buy houses.

“The net effect of all this is that workers are fleeing Williston in droves.”

No. This is the annual winter exodus. Most of the men who come up here to work are from Texas, Louisiana, Utah, California; other warm states. They make what money they can while it’s warm here, and then leave to lay about on unemployment down south the instant their pussies get cold. The first winter I was up here, most of the companies I talked to estimated that they’d lost thirty percent of their employees by January.

I’m not going to quote your last few paragraphs in their entirety, but let it suffice that you’re dead wrong. My rig moved fifteen minutes south of Williston this week; my hotel reservations there are running 115/night. Traffic has returned to winter normals; you said you showed up in mid-September when there was more road construction than actual road on Hwy 2, so you got an inflated idea. Even now, the roads are hardly deserted.

Lastly, the largest problem here is not the the feminists, nor the President.

Look in the mirror, Mr. Forney.

You actually have the nerve to say that women lack the drive to work up here when you turned tail and ran the instant your pussy got cold or sore. I know the job situation up here; I know the living situation. I’ve lived in man camps, a truck, a dozen hotel rooms; gone weeks without seeing my own place, months without seeing my family; worked around the clock, on call, put in 140 hour weeks, drove nine hours to get to a jobsite; broken bones at work, put out diesel fires, stabbed valves into gushers, had tubing explode on me, had to take shits in a stand of trees when it was 40 below zero with the wind. Some men can’t hack it. More men simply won’t, because they’re more feminized than most modern women.

Quite simply, I’m glad I never had to work with you. How much are union dues nowadays, anyhow?

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Joel January 1, 2013 at 23:15

Waaaaay late to this partay. Gotta say that there are ALOT of discrepancies with this story.
I have been here (Williston) for 8 months now. came up from Tampa Fla.
Took me 5 weeks to land a job. I suspect that is mostly because I am from a warm state and the employers thought that I wouldnt stick through the first cold snap.
At first I couldnt figure out why it was taking me so long to get a job. I have a CDL. A clean record (no felonies). Clean urine. A strong work history. Great references. Reasonably young. What gives?
Finaly got a job on a coil tubing crew. In 6 months with my company, I have made more than Ive ever made in a year anywhere else. I am on track to make about 114,000 in my first year here. Even more with some side stuff that I have in the works.
Housing is a very serious issue here. As I write this I have a guy sleeping on a bed in my livingroom area in my 30 ft. fifth wheel.
You see, I am one of those “Smart Fellers” that did some research before I came up here and I realized that housing was a problem. So I brought my trailer up with me on a four day journey from Tampa to Williston.
The article says that a campground spot is $2100 a month. That is total bull s*&%t. I have full hookup and even high speed internet for $820 a month. This includes showers and toilet access as well as a lounge and laundry area.
There is a hotel nearby that advertises for $700 a week.
I am starting to wonder if the author of this article ever even set foot in Williston. There is just too much about his story that is wrong that it makes me wonder.
On the job prospects. I had a fellow stay here with me for a few weeks just last month. He came from North Carolina.
I put an add on Craigslist looking for someone that could help me finish a project that I had going in exchange for a place to stay for free. This guy replied and so it was done. He came out here and put himself through the workover rig class at Williston College. After just 2 weeks in the class, recuiters came in and started offering jobs to all of those that had completed the 2 week course (cost $750).
He now has a job making $28 an hour plus benes. Housing and even his airfare back home once a month is covered. Great for him. Bad for me because Im still working on that project. Only now Im doing it all alone.
Lots of companies are hiring RIGHT NOW to gear up for spring.
Like another commenter said. It slows down here every winter but now is the time when companies start looking to hire for the upcomming spring and summer.
The article also mentions the keystone pipeline. Well, the good news is that the pipeline is still gonna happen. However it will be done piecemeal rather than a complete package.
Another discrepancy with the story is that Obama is going to shut this all down with new regulations.
There is entirely too much at stake here to just allow this to go away.
Our country, for the first time in 40 years has the ability to become oil independant. That is a goal that presidents have been shooting for since Regan. And it WONT take untill 2030. It is happenning NOW.. We can be import independant by 2017 if we just keep the status quo on fracking.
Fracking: What can I say. Unless you are here in the mix then you dont know JACK about fracking. It IS already a clean and safe technology for extracting “tight oil”. I encourage anyone reading this post to do some “YouTubing” on fracking and you will see for yourself how the companies that do this are taking GREAT steps to protect the enviornment and ground water. You cannot imagine how much paperwork goes into recording and documenting each and every little spill of anything. Even stuff that is no hazardous has to be cleaned up when it is spilled on the ground.
Some of the bigger oil companies like Marathon or Hess wont even allow workers to piss on the ground. If you do then be prepared to scoop up all of the liquid as well as the wet dirt that goes along with it. (No Kidding)
The enviornmental concerns on a rig site are absoloutley paramount. Make no mistake. When you hear people talk about the enviornmental impacts of fracking it is only because they have an agenda or are cluless as to what it is and how well the enviornment is protected.
As for Williston, well… Its not anything like home. The locals dont even know what grits are. Forget about finding a place that serves Lox. Though the Albertsons does sell Lox in a very limited way. And if youre bored then it is not you. It is because you are in Williston. There truly is NOTHING to do here. Hope ya got a good internet connection because its another “NetFlix” night for you.
Work, eat, sleep. Work, eat, sleep. That is the rule of thumb here. If there is one thing I have learned. Eat whenever you can… Dont wait till you get a chance to sit down to eat. There may not be a chance to sit down to eat. Just eat whenever you can. Period…
Also, carry food with you at all times.
Personally, I carry a few cans of Progresso and several cans of sardines as well as a bunch of granola. Dont take this advice lightly. Carry food…
Alrighty, Ive been writting for a while now. I know that I am skipping around alot and that this post doesnt seem to follow a format or cohesive structure. What can I say, Im writting this on a laptop that is truly on my lap. Ive been drinking as well.
Bottom line is this. Dont let this article discourage you. It is all still happening right here in Williston N.D.
Takes balls to drop it all and go running out to nowhere for a job, but believe me. It is still happening every day.
I left a $60k job to take my shot out here. It has been quite an experience. However, the cost of living here is defeating the pupose of leaving my wife and kids back in Fla.
I spend so much money supporting myself here that the extra that I make is gone before it has the chance to do any good.
That will all change in the next few weeks. I have built a room addition onto my trailer.
It is actually bigger than my trailer and has 2 bedrooms that I plan on renting out. It also has a livingroom area in the middle that will serve as a tv and kitchenette area. I will still live in my trailer but now I wont have to have someone in my living room area muttering rap music to himself like he is doing RIGHT NOW..
“Jamaica me crazy mon”… Lol…
Cmon out guys. The waters fine. get a great job making lots of money. Just be prepared to be bored and cold at the same time.
See Ya soon.

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Jeremy Janson April 25, 2013 at 10:34

It’s time we stopped allowing anything and everything to be an excuse to destroy jobs and good production.

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