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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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Could North Dakota’s economic success actually hurt republicans?

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Rob Port | Bakken.com Contributer North Dakota Republicans have benefited tremendously from North Dakota’s oil-driven economic boom, but could they become victims of the state’s success? By any conventional measure, North Dakota Republicans seem set to have another very successful election cycle. They’ve got a huge incumbency advantage. Every single Republican on the statewide ballot is an incumbent (though two ...

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Housing help is on the way

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North Dakota is seeing a building season for housing that is perhaps unlike any the state has ever seen, and it couldn’t be coming at a better time. A housing shortage in North Dakota, particularly in the oil fields in the western part of the state, has pushed rents in some parts of the state so high that they’ve made ...

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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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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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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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