Any body know if gravel hauling in Williston, North Dakota is picking up?

Discussion in 'Tanker, Bulk and Dump Trucking Forum' started by jfcrzycat, Jun 5, 2012.

  1. jfcrzycat

    jfcrzycat Bobtail Member

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    Just curious if anyone knows if gravel hauling for new oil pads is going to pick up around Western North Dakota and/ Montana? We worked up here last April through October, and it was crazy-everybody needed trucks and gravel trailers. This year we are still waiting for the companies to get started. Have asked a bunch of drivers and companies, and all is on hold so far, no word as to when it will bust loose. Have called a bunch of companies and all say they are just waiting for the word from the oil guys. Tankers are busy. Sure would appreciate any "insider info" on this area. Thanks!!
     
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  3. CAXPT

    CAXPT Heavy Load Member

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    I'm guessing it depends on the reroute of the pipeline and the election later this year. Considering the advertising from the oil companies, they aren't getting what they want from this administration and if they want an oil-friendly admin, they have to wait. By not filling jobs they are helping stack the deck against this admin regards job numbers which may tilt the election. Not saying that's necessarily a bad thing, just that it's a possible scenario as to why they are waiting. Last I was up there about 6 moths or so ago, they were all over the place. :d
     
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  4. ronk1953

    ronk1953 Bobtail Member

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    gravel was running hot and heavy over the winter in watford city area south of williston
     
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  5. CAXPT

    CAXPT Heavy Load Member

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    Yep, was dropping off pipe and such for the industry there. They need to make 85 a 4 lane between Williston and Watford so real truck drivers can get past them thar gravel haulers and others etc. :biggrin_25517:
     
  6. jfcrzycat

    jfcrzycat Bobtail Member

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    God knows that is the truth!!! We are not one of the rock haulers you had to pass, we didn't have to risk our lives on 85. Poor North Dakota wasn't ready for all this traffic. We were real truck drivers a while back with flatbeds and pipe, wish we hadn't changed.

    However, if you want a real thrill, drive down Hwy 22 by Killdeer where you drive through the Black Hills with some pipe that is coming loose as you go downhill on a hairpin turn with no guard rails. :biggrin_2556:
     
  7. Rusty50484

    Rusty50484 Light Load Member

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    One of the things slowing the oil field as a whole has been the weight restrictions placed by Williams and McKenzie counties this spring. For a while pretty much every road other than 85 or 2 had a 6 ton per axle restriction, with Williams county placing a 20 ton gross restriction on for a while.

    The last couple of weeks have seen quite an increase in truck traffic as a whole. While at a well site the other day I watched a steady stream of gravel haulers heading to a new pad site about two miles away from where we were, and I'd say 60% of the truck traffic that day to and from was belly dump traffic.

    One other thing that may be affecting the belly dump work; companies are going to multiple well pads. We've worked half a dozen in the last month with at least two wells and a few that have three. Word is that one company is planning a single pad with 16 wells on it.

    The XL pipeline was never a big deal to the Bakken. It was being routed so as to make it available for Bakken oil, but there are other pipelines and a whole myriad of transload terminals being built for rail transport.
     
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  8. jojodamann

    jojodamann Bobtail Member

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    im a tank drivier, but i am looking for info on any company in north dakota that is looking to hire an o/o . and what is the going rate up there now days for a gravel or tank driver? thanks!
     
  9. CAXPT

    CAXPT Heavy Load Member

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    Yeah, that's what I thought, poor ND, but then again, we've got to drive there, so .....

    Isn't 22 paved? :biggrin_25522: I had enough fun pulling clay out of Lovell, WY down 310/789/16/20.....road construction sucks in the boonies. :biggrin_2555:
     
  10. Rnp oil

    Rnp oil Bobtail Member

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    We haul water and we've been slow for---- well for a few months. We keep hearing it's going to pick up, too, but it just never does. Not sure I'd it's worth it to just have our trucks sit. Anyone have any ideas?
     
  11. Rnp oil

    Rnp oil Bobtail Member

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    Sorry! I meant "if" not I'd".
     
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