Home / Opinion (page 30)

Opinion

Editorial: Tracking fracking

We support newly elected governor Tom Wolf for restoring a moratorium on natural-gas hydraulic fracturing (fracking) on state parklands. His action last week reversed a move by Gov. Tom Corbett, a guy who never met a fracker he didn’t like, who lifted an earlier ban on the activity less than a year ago. Allowing fracking in state parks was not ...

Read More »

Editorial: Obama should sign Keystone Pipeline bill

The U.S. Senate voted Thursday to follow the House in authorizing construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. Amendments remain to be worked out with the House, but a compromise version is expected to reach President Obama’s desk as soon as next week. And Obama, who has appealed to Republicans to work with him — including on infrastructure, beyond this one ...

Read More »

Excerpts from recent North Dakota editorials

Your move, Gov. Bullock Williston Herald, Williston, Jan. 24, 2015 In North Dakota, we know a few things about oil spills and toothless penalties. Calling it second nature for us to doubt the state government’s ability to levy and maintain a fine for an environmental incident isn’t a stretch. And there’s plenty of evidence to support that sentiment when we ...

Read More »

Schafer: Cheap oil means pain in North Dakota

The state of North Dakota publishes a daily update on active oil drilling rigs. At last check, the number was down to 159, from 189 last year at this time and well off the May 2012 peak of 218. The question is how low the count will fall this year. It’s clearly headed to fewer than 100. Closer to zero ...

Read More »

Editorial: Stuck on the pipeline

In his State of the Union address last week, President Obama tweaked Republicans for their championing so vigorously the Keystone pipeline project. “Let’s set our sights higher than a single oil pipeline,” he nudged. Good idea, if the objective is a comprehensive plan to update the nation’s public works, including broadband. Worthy, too, is the notion that if the pipeline ...

Read More »

Legislature should get a say in oil and gas rules

“Measure would void new North Dakota flaring, oil rules,” screams a headline from the Associated Press about Rep. Keith Kempenich’s bill to change the process by which oil regulations are passed by the Industrial Commission. That headline set up a scolding and typically intemperate editorial from the Fargo Forum which, as usual, seems to have only a superficial grasp of ...

Read More »

Excerpts from recent North Dakota editorials

NDSU, short for North Dakota’s team The Daily News, Wahpeton, Jan. 19, 2015 The North Dakota State University Bison football team has captured a four-peat title from the FCS, that of national champions. But more importantly, they captured the admiration and loyalty from an entire state of proud North Dakotans. So many conversations this week have started with, “Did you ...

Read More »

Editorial: Soak-the-rich scheme would hurt us all

President Barack O’Robin Hood spoke to the American people Tuesday and promised everything short of maid service. In his last two years, the president will take from the rich and give to the poor — if the Republicans will let him. To fund free college, a tripling of child care support, tax benefits for a select group and higher mandatory ...

Read More »