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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.

Keystone delay hits ND Dems

keystone xl

Rob Port | Bakken.com contributor Last week came news of yet another delay in the Obama administration’s interminable regulatory dithering on the Keystone XL pipeline project. This latest punt will, conveniently, take the decision date for the pipeline beyond the 2014 midterm elections. Republicans were quick to point to the news as yet more evidence of President Obama abusing his ...

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Taylor scores a point on NDIC transparency

Ryan Taylor

By: Rob Port, Bakken.com Contributor  If there is one area of public policy that should enjoy broad and bipartisan agreement, it’s the area of government transparency. With small and rare exceptions, the government ought to attend to the public’s business in the full view of the public. We are lucky to be living in a time when transparency policies are ...

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Think Of Ag Commission Race As Oil Commission Race


By: Rob Port, Bakken.com During the last two weeks at their statewide conventions held in Minot and Fargo, respectively, North Dakota Republicans and Democrats selected their candidates for the Agriculture Commissioner race. While attending the Republican convention I had a conversation with a state legislator who asked me an interesting question: Would you have thought, in December, that the most ...

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Federal bureaucracy increases flaring in ND


By: Rob Port, Bakken.com contributer Nobody likes the fact that so much natural gas is burned off in western North Dakota rather than captured, sold, and used. The gas is a valuable commodity, and for reasons both environmental and economic, it shouldn’t just be burned up if it can be avoided. There is progress being made. The amount of gas ...

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Where are the oil patch candidates?


By: Rob Port, Bakken.com Candidates are announcing, and the shape of North Dakota’s 2014 election is becoming known. Within the next couple of weeks both Republicans and Democrats will hold their statewide conventions, but these events are merely the apogee of the partisan candidate selection process. Across the state Republicans and Democrats have been holding local legislative district conventions to ...

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Oil Will Be Hot Topic In Ag Commish Race


By: Rob Port, Bakken,com Contributor  Until last week North Dakota’s election season was shaping up to be relatively boring. Democrats have struggled to find candidates. As of the time of this writing, less than two weeks before the party’s statewide convention, Democrats have yet to find candidates for dozens of House and Senate seats. While the statewide ballot has begun ...

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Opportunism obscures honest debate

oil spill

By: Rob Port, Bakken.com contributer This may sound odd coming as it does from an outspoken conservative such as myself, but I’m an environmentalist. I spent my childhood in Alaska, playing imaginary games in the woods, hunting with my father in the wilderness and fishing with my uncle in Prince William Sound, an area that would later become famous for ...

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A step toward tracking ND’s oil wealth


By: Rob Port, Bakken.com contributor North Dakota gets a lot of attention for soaring tax revenues. In the last biennium, the state exceeded legislative projections for general fund revenues by nearly 50 percent, or about $1.7 billion. Already, just months into the 2013 – 2015 biennium, the state has exceeded projections by $134 million. Compared to the previous biennium’s actual ...

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A cavalier attitude toward property rights

lake sakajaua

By: Rob Port, Bakken.com Contributer I wonder if Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem was expecting the uproar his proposed “extraordinary places” regulations for oil drilling permits issued by the North Dakota Industrial Commission have inspired? While the proposal has won praise from Democrats, left-leaning newspaper editorial boards and conservation activists, it’s not well liked among people who actually, you know, live ...

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Lift Gas Export Ban to Reduce Flaring

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By: Rob Port, Bakken.com Contributor There’s a big push to reduce North Dakota flaring, but it needs some help from Congress. Yesterday the North Dakota Petroleum Council, which represents most of the oil industry in North Dakota,announced a goal set by the industry to collect 85 percent of the gas produced in North Dakota within two years, and 90 percent within ...

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