A Williston company will begin offering tours through North Dakota's oil patch in the next month.
The Bakken Field Tours will give potential investors, developers and others a chance to take an 11-hour bus tour that will feature an explanation of oil and gas development in the area. The night before each tour, those taking part will attend a three-hour educational workshop that explains what they'll see the next day.
"It's going to open a world that we don't get to see every day," said Amber Bertsch, a Williston native who will lead the tours. The tours will cost $325, not including the price of a hotel room. They are organized by DAWA Solutions Group, a Williston communication and small-business development firm that sponsored a recent conference and summit, the Dickson Press reports.
People who attended those events asked about taking tours to learn more about the Bakken oil field, said Jeff Zarling, the group's president. The tours will be geared for investors, developers and community leaders who want to learn about oil development, but they also may appeal to tourists and others, Zarling said.
The tours will cover energy development activities, oil and gas infrastructure, commercial and residential construction, economic development efforts and impact on the area. They will include a visit to a crew camp and a meal.
The tours will not take people on drilling rigs, but they will stop near one and a guide will describe the drilling process, Zarling said. Participants will learn about many aspects of oil and gas development, he said.
"You get that interpretation as you're seeing the activity so you know exactly what's going on," Zarling said.
People often call the state Tourism Division to ask about Bakken tours, said Kim Schmidt, public and media relations manager. The Bakken Field Tours will give tourism officials their first chance to refer people to such a tour, she said.