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Strong bird numbers undermine cast for conservation measure


Rob Port | Shale Plays Media Contributor As we work our way through another election cycle toward the November ballot, North Dakotans are having a debate about conservation. It’s been prompted by a coalition of conservation activist groups like Ducks Unlimited which are pushing a ballot measure that would, if approved, divert state oil tax revenues to conservation. It’s a ...

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North Dakota getting younger means more crime

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Rob Port | Shale Plays Media Contributor Before North Dakota was making headlines as the epicenter of a boom in domestic shale oil production, and one of the few persistent bright spots in our national economy, ours was a state with an aging workforce and few opportunities for younger citizens. It wasn’t low unemployment or explosive economic growth that was ...

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Keystone protesters come to North Dakota

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Rob Port | Shale Plays Media Contributor This last week President Barack Obama made a rare Presidential visit to North Dakota – just the 14th time a sitting president has come to the state – and an even rarer visit to Indian Country. His visit to the Standing Rock reservation was just the 4th time a sitting President has visited ...

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Will Obama visit ND’s oil fields


By: Rob Port, Bakken.com contributer The Washington Post reported recently that President Barack Obama may be visiting North Dakota, staging an event on one of the state’s Indian reservations. There is no confirmation yet for which reservation – or even official confirmation for whether or not the event will actually happen – but the potential for a presidential visit is ...

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City looking for answers

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By: Rob Port, Shale Plays Media Contributer That’s the headline from the Williston Herald over an article documenting protests over high rents and local city leaders asking the state for solutions, including asking for an opinion from Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem on whether or not rent control policies would be legal. Yes, rent control. And maybe that’s not surprising. It’s ...

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Coulda, woulda, shoulda


By: Rob Port, Bakken.com Contributer There’s a lot of “coulda, woulda, shoulda” going on in North Dakota politics right now. That’s to be expected in an election year in a state with a political party – the Democrats – that is desperate to find a bath out of the political woods and back into relevance. Relieved by North Dakota voters ...

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Slow down the oil boom slow down the revenues

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By: Rob Port, Bakken.com contributor “North Dakota Considers Slowing Down Oil Boom” That headline, or variations on it, were all over the media last week after the North Dakota Industrial Commission held a hearing on the issue of flaring, or the burn off of excess natural gas produced during the oil extraction process. But the pace of oil development in ...

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Keystone delay hits ND Dems

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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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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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Opportunism obscures honest debate

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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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