By Alan Dorich and the Energy & Mining International

In recent years, oil and gas companies have kept so busy in the Bakken Formation that they found they could use a helping hand. That is where Prairie Cos. comes in, CEO Patrick Hughes says.

Based in Wayzata, Minn., the company operates several businesses in the Williston Basin area that serve the oil and gas industry. Hughes started Prairie Cos. in 2011, after making investments in North Dakota through Agency Trading Group, his brokerage firm based in Minneapolis.

“I was watching what was going on,” he recalls, noting that Prairie Cos. began by providing housing services, which it now offers under its Prairie Housing Services division. Its companies also include Flatland Water Solutions, which offers fluid management services and works “with all kind of waste streams,” he adds.

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