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By Rob Port | Google+ Rob Port is the editor of http://sayanythingblog.com/. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

How bad could falling oil prices hurt ND?

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North Dakota has seen a boom in industry, commerce, and population thanks to Bakken shale oil development, but that boom has been made possible by high oil prices. As this map from Vox shows, North Dakota is one of the states that has benefited the most from rising oil prices: That’s a good place to be, except for when oil prices ...

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Why is Minnesota stalling on the Sandpiper?

According to an Associated Press report, Canadian-based pipeline company Enbridge has decided to delay a pipeline project of vital importance to North Dakota’s booming economy. The Sandpiper line will, if built, carry up to 225,000 barrels per day of Bakken crude oil from Tioga, North Dakota, through Minnesota to Superior, Wisconsin. That’s just a bit less than a quarter of ...

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Conservation measure would be a setback to ND

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“The new conservation fund created if Measure 5 passes would be the sixth highest-funded agency in the state, based on General Fund Appropriations for the 2013-15 Biennium,” read a press release sent out by North Dakotans for Common Sense Conservation. That group is a coalition of business, energy, and agriculture groups which have come together to oppose a constitutional amendment ...

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No blank checks for local oil impacts

Rob Port | Shale Plays Media Contributor During the 2011-2013 Legislative session, oil producing counties in North Dakota received more than $852 million for infrastructure and oil impacts according to a July 2014 analysis done by Legislative Council. That figure includes law enforcement grants, highway money, airport funds, fire department improvements, etc., etc. It was a lot of money. In ...

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ND Flaring rate sees major drop


Rob Port | Bakken.com Contributor Since earlier this year I’ve been saying that North Dakota is in for a big drop in flaring, and it appears as though that drop is upon us. New gas capture and processing infrastructure is having a big impact on the amount of gas flared even before the state’s new flaring regulations are enforced. We ...

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EPA’s secret maps are scary


  Many of you have probably heard of the EPA’s push for a new rule titled “Waters of the U.S.” which would expand the agency’s powers of regulation over even very small bodies of water in America including creeks and ditches. Some lawmakers, including North Dakota Rep. Kevin Cramer, oppose this rule feeling that it’s far too broad in scope. ...

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The question of Bakken oil volatility must be settled

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Rob Port | Shale Plays Media contributor There is a sharp disagreement between the oil industry and the federal government over the volatility of Bakken crude oil. This matter because, while more than 99 percent of hazardous rail shipments arrive at their destinations without incident, there have been high-profile derailments in places like Quebec and Casselton, North Dakota, that have ...

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Tribe takes aim at wrong target on flaring


Rob Port | Bakken.com Contributor It is understandable that the folks on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation want to fix the flaring problem. After all, the reservation is home to some of the worst flaring in the state. Last month, based on numbers I obtained from the Department of Mineral Resources, I pointed out that flaring on the reservation was ...

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Big reductions in flaring are on the way

Rob Port | Shale Plays Media Contributor North Dakota is likely to see some big progress on one of the most visible and talked about problems of the oil boom. This week Governor Jack Dalrymple’s office announced that ONEOK Partners would be building a new gas processing plant in McKenzie County (Watford City) capable of processing 200 million cubic feet ...

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Flaring is higher on federal lands

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Rob Port | Bakken.com Contributor Flaring is a hot-button issue in North Dakota. The oil boom here produces a lot of natural gas as a by-product, and because the boom, well, boomed so quickly the infrastructure to capture the gas hasn’t kept up. So a lot of it – far too much – is burned off. It’s become a political ...

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