Amy Sisk

Amy Sisk is Prairie Public’s energy reporter, working with the Inside Energy project. Her reporting has covered the oil boom, coal, wind, the power grid, protests, regulators, workers and more. The Dakota Access Pipeline protests put her work in the national spotlight, as she filed stories for NPR and gave debriefs on the latest developments to news outlets with local, national and even global audiences. Her work focuses on issues unique to North Dakota, and it also puts what’s happening with the state’s energy resources into perspective with broader energy trends. At the heart of her stories, Amy focuses on how energy impacts North Dakotans, and how residents and businesses try to influence the state’s energy landscape.  Here are a sampling of her stories.

 

Lightning and Oil Country, A Volatile Mix 

Dozens of times during the summer as the rain picks up here on the prairie, suddenly, there’s a flash…

 

Oil Production Tops 1M Barrels, Workers Scarce

Oil production is bouncing back, but North Dakota is having trouble finding workers to fill new energy jobs…

 

 

A Toxic Legacy

Way up in northern North Dakota lies an old oilfield with a problem 60 years in the making.  It’s noticeable on farmers’ land, like the fields harvested by Clarke Stevens near the small town of Glenburn. His wheat fields span far across the prairie. In the middle is a 3-acre patch of barren soil…

 

After OPEC Move, Oil Country Breathes A Sigh Of Relief

There’s a sense of excitement taking over the Bakken oil patch, like at the M&H gas station in Williston…

 

In North Dakota, Will Wind Keep The Lights On?

Steven Somsen’s farm has looked the same his entire life — it’s flat, with wheat and soybeans that will soon grow as far as the eye can see. But the 61-year-old’s view changed last year…

 

While One Tribe Fights Oil, Another Cautiously Embraces It

While North Dakota’s Standing Rock Sioux Tribe makes headlines in protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline, oil development is playing out differently for another of the state’s Indian nations…

 

Dakota Access Pipeline Protesters Clean Up As Deadline Looms

In North Dakota, authorities set Wednesday as the deadline for the dwindling number of protesters against the Dakota Access pipeline to clean up and go home…

 

 

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