Energy Scene: Road Trip Across America’s Shale Play

Photography by Paul Flessland, Crude Life Photography

Agassiz Chemical’s Steve Hareland (middle) poses with Nabor’s Tyson Olsen (left), rig manager, and Greg Burquist (right), drill superintendent, on a Nabor’s well padBelle Fourche, S.D., Mayor Gary Hendrickson and then-interim economic development director Jim Doolittle pose in front of their community’s investment into a multi-million-dollar industrial rail park. Belle Fourche currently sees more traffic on Highway 85 than there is on I-90The morning sun shines a light on the relationship with agriculture and energy near a Nabor’s well padFrom the tiny town of Charlo high in the mountains of Montana, MT Rig Mats president Travis Jordan gets ready to ship some of his company’s productA shipping barge at the Port of VancouverTarget Logistics CEO Brian Lash (left) talks with multimedia journalist Jason Spiess (right)
Ron Ness, president, North Dakota Petroleum Council, holds up a saucer-size commemorative coin at the Million Barrels, Million Thanks celebration in Tioga, N.D.First batch of liquefied natural gas produced from North Dakota LNG plant in
Tioga, N.D.
Texas Flying Legends joined the Million Barrels, Million Thanks celebration in Tioga, N.D. Host of the party and Bakken geologist Kathy Neset (back to the camera) seen thanking the Texas Flying LegendsA stack of mats from MT Rig Mats enjoying one last day of mountain air before being shipped to the Eagle Ford in TexasMT Rig Mats Espresso and Coffee break room with locally roasted mountain coffeeA wide-angle shot of the Port of VancouverHarold Hamm (left) CEO, Continental Resources and Jim Volker (right) CEO, Whiting Petroleum participate together on a panel discussion at the Williston Basin Petroleum Conference
Author Profile

Jason Spiess is a multimedia journalist, entrepreneur and content consultant. Spiess has over 25 years of media experience in broadcasting, journalism, reporting and principal ownership in media companies.  (Over 30 years experience if you count his adolescent years as a newspaper delivery boy learning the importance and logistics of daily distribution and monthly door-to-door bill collecting.) Spiess has worked in the areas of oil and gas, UAS and precision agriculture, health care, cannabis, agriculture, real estate, government affairs and economic development. Spiess is the host of two radio programs, Building the Bakken and Coffee & Capitalism, and three specialty programs, MonDak OilField Review, Corporate Ink and UnStuck, that carry a radio network that spans five states and two countries. Spiess is a North Dakota native and graduated from North Dakota State University.

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