Home / Tag Archives: sayanythingblog

Tag Archives: sayanythingblog

Time for oil boom critics to give some credit on flaring

flare

To hear some environmental activists and political partisans tell it North Dakota’s oil boom is an ecological disaster. “We’re destroying western North Dakota,” they chorus. Most recently they’ve been pointing to a (deeply flawed) series of stories by the New York Times which suggest a cozy relationship between the oil industry and state regulators has resulted in spiking oil spills ...

Read More »

East vs west battle looming over oil tax revenues

north dakota

Lawmakers were in Bismarck recently for their organizational session, and a part of their organizing is finalizing bill drafts for consideration in the regular session next year. One area that’s sure to create some heat is funding for western North Dakota. A “surge” funding bill proposed by western lawmakers, which aims to appropriate some $800 million to oil patch communities ...

Read More »

The dark side of the boom– isn’t so dark

darksideoftheboom

The New York Times has a very, very ugly profile of the North Dakota government’s handling of the state’s Bakken oil boom up this weekend. The paper is also promising a second article which they pitch as “An examination of an unusual land deal and questions about the North Dakota government’s relationship with the booming oil industry.” Not disclosed in ...

Read More »

Goal in oil conditioning regs should be outcome not method

train

The debate over oil stabilization can be a confusing one. It’s important to a lot of people because we’ve all read the headlines about, and seen the pictures of, explosive train derailments. But the information we get about the issue is often conflicting (and very often driven by politics, I’m afraid). Currently the North Dakota Industrial Commission is considering a ...

Read More »

Partnership shouldn’t trump honest debate about oil tax

oil barrel

Democrat Senate Minority Leader Mac Schneider isn’t on the ballot this year because he represents an even-numbered district. Thus, he’s free to play bomb-thrower for his party this cycle, and the bombs he’s been throwing have to do with efforts to reform the state’s taxes on oil production last session. To hear Schneider tell it, you’d think that even discussing ...

Read More »

Democrats Seem To Have Nearly $100,000 In Campaign Finance Errors In Reports

North Dakota Democrats have almost completely outsourced their campaign donation mechanism to a left-wing, Massachussets-based organization called ActBlue. In fact, when you donate to one of the Democrat candidates for office here in North Dakota you really aren’t making a direct contribution to that campaign. You’re actually making a contribution to the Act Blue committee which then supposedly makes the ...

Read More »

Does ND have too much wind power?

turbine

In the headlines right now the State of North Dakota (along with a few others) has become synonymous with lower energy prices. Thanks to skyrocketing domestic oil production, oil and gasoline prices are falling. Perhaps too much, as while lower energy prices are good for the rest of the country, oil prices could fall too low to make drilling in ...

Read More »

Conservation measure would be a setback to ND

pump jacks

“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 ...

Read More »

ND Flaring rate sees major drop

flare

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 ...

Read More »

The top 5 Bakken stories of the week

trophy

The Bakken area rig count: 192 Reported oil and saltwater spills: 2 1.  Oil conditioning hearing date set The controversial Bakken crude volatility issue will be addressed by the North Dakota Industrial Commission on September 23rd at the Department of Mineral Resources’ office in Bismarck, ND. The hearing will explore oil transportation safety and whether or not companies should be ...

Read More »