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The Bakken

Read or download the full PDF version of the Brandon Sun's inaugural Opportunity Magazine, focusing on the surge in development of the Bakken oilfield in Westman.

Table of contents

  • Brimming with oil — Individuals, communities, companies and governments have all hit pay dirt in the Bakken oilfields. How long it will last is anyone's guess, but for now, the wealth just keeps on flowing.
  • Every bit of efficiency helps — Companies servicing the oilpatch know time is money when leasing a rig can cost $20,000 a day
  • Leap of faith — The volatile nature of the oil industry means 'It's never easy' launching a new oil-related business. Even when it becomes established and profitable, you've got to be prepared to ride the roller-coaster from 'sleepless nights'; to the really 'good runs'
  • Living the dream — Communities such as waskada that are rolling in oilpatch dough are investing in the future, knowing full well the current bonanza 'could end tomorrow'
  • The fracking conundrum — It takes a lot of water. Doomsday theories abound. But proponents of hydraulic fracturing say that done correctly, the technique is safe and profitable. And the provincial petroleum branch is working hard to make sure it doesn't become a 'contentious issue' in Manitoba
  • Talking the talk — It's a whole different culture out on the rigs — with a unique languge to boot. Former rig-worker-turned-journalist Charles Tweed walks you through some of the bafflinf terms that workers must learn before they can walk the walk in the patch
  • ‘My golden handcufffs’ — A 50-foot tumble down a rig wasn' exactly an auspicious start to a career in the oil industry. But Killarney's Mike Rozander survived and thrived, becoming one of the most seasoned directional drillers in the Waskada oilfield. Joined by his two brothers, Rozander's life in the patch is a family affair
  • Feeding the flock — Michele Bahm and Christin Jensen are a well-oiled machine in the kitching of the tiny Cromer Café/ Good thin when you're whipping up 2,000 orders a day for the hungry hordes in the oilpatch
  • The first black gold — Long before they began pumping oitl out of Westman, they were pulling coal out of the Turtle Mountains. Then, as now, the working conditions could be tough. But back then, no one got rich
  • Sharing the goodies — While Souris isn't at the spicentre of the oil industry in southwestern Manitoba, it's not beyond the ripple effect, either


Opportunity Magazine — The Bakken

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