Energy company lays off Stanley employees

STANLEY, N.D. - Some workers for an energy company in western North Dakota are finding themselves looking for employment.

EOG Resources in Stanley laid off nearly 100 employees over the past couple of weeks.

Last week, the company let a significant number of their contractors go, and most recently laid off more than 20 employees.

We spoke with a few former employees who said it will be hard for some of the contractors to find new jobs while some already have new opportunities lined up.

A few members of the Stanley community offered reaction to the news.

“We went through quite a few years where companies were bringing in more jobs all the time, and that was hard to gauge, and all of a sudden something like this happens, it goes the other direction,” said Stan;ley Mayor Fritz Weisenberger.

“We'll have a lot of unemployed people, and looking for jobs, and it'll be pretty tough. Especially after Shopko was supposed to close down, and that didn't close down, so thank God,” said Tina Singer, Stanley resident.

“That's a lot. That's a substantial part of the population here that got laid off or lost their jobs, so it means, it's pretty devastating to most families, and I don't think a lot of them have anything they can fall back on,” said Brent Rodenhizer, a pharmacist in Stanley.

We reached out to EOG Resources public information Wednesday, and they released this statement:

“EOG remains committed to our North Dakota operations and appreciates all those who contribute to our ongoing activities. EOG continuously evaluates our staffing requirements, and has adjusted our need for contract personnel. This adjustment also affected a small number of employees in our Stanley office.”