April-May 2014

The BAKKEN OIL BUSINESS JOURNAL is a high-gloss, full-color magazine with a targeted distribution that gets our Advertisers in front of the RIGHT EYES in this industry. Direct mailed to Companies in the Bakken with bonus distribution at Energy Shows.

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Read online @ B A K K E N O I L B I Z . C O M / d i g i t a l - j o u r n a l 53 • Well Registration • Emission Factors ENVIRONMENTAL COMPLIANCE AND TESTING EXPERTS ASPEN CONSULTING & TESTING p: (406) 457-5188, f: (406) 449-7072 • Regulatory Compliance • Production NGA Testing and GC Analytical Results Delivered in Days. contributed to oil and gas sector em- ployment increas- ing by 40% in the US from 2007 to 2012, compared with just 1% growth in private sector jobs, based on BLS data. In the fracking state of North Dakota, Boomtown Girls, a documentary-in-the-making featuring the lives of five sisters based in the oil town of Williston, highlights the rise of wom- en in the industry at grassroots level. Of the five sisters, one has just finished welding school, two drive sceptic trucks that service the oil industry and one works in the oil fields. The sisters are evidence of the changing face of the industry. Another example, just a few miles down the round, is the management structure at North Dakota Developments LLC, which provides accommodation to oil workers at its Great American Lodge Watford City site. 50% of the supporting managers of the company's global network of selling agents are female. The structure is just the kind of leadership pipe- line that the PWC report highlighted as being needed in the industry. Group CEO Robert Gavin sums up the changing situation when he comments, "I've worked in and around the industry for over a decade and the changes are beginning to become really apparent. We're seeing women in roles across the oil sector, from rig work to computer-assisted explo- ration. Here at North Dakota Developments I've also been surprised by the number of female investors that the industry attracts – women are really coming at the oil sector from all angles these days. "The energy and innovation that we are seeing in the Bakken Forma- tion oil fields are really representative of the feeling in the oil industry today. It's a much more modern and open industry than it was even a few years ago. The value of a balanced workforce is becoming more apparent and the role that women can play in the oil sector is truly beginning to be appreciated. It will be fascinating to see how the indus- try develops over the coming years and how much involvement female workers have in shaping that development." ■ Louise Taylor is AB Property Marketing's oil and fracking expert. She is particularly pas- sionate about the constantly developing situation in North Dakota and eastern Montana. AB Property Marketing provides targeted public relations for the UK and overseas property in- dustry, bridging the gap between agents, developers and the ever-changing property media. •

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