Is Big Oil Refusing to Pay? or Are They Being Scapegoated for the State’s Laxity?

North Dakota Land Commissioner Jodi Smith listens during a Land Board meeting in March 2019. Forum News Service file photo

MINOT, N.D. — Imagine that one day you got a letter in the mail from your local government informing you that, due to a decades-long error in the way your property taxes were calculated, you now have an enormous bill for back payments.

What’s more, you have 90 days to pay up, or else severe penalties kick in.

Do you suppose you’d feel mistreated and angry?

Might you be angrier if the narrative, promoted in the news media’s reporting, is not the government’s colossal error in administering their own policies but rather your supposed obstinance in not immediately forking over the cash?

This is the situation North Dakota’s oil industry finds itself in.

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Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com, a columnist for the Forum News Service, and host of the Plain Talk Podcast which you can subscribe to by clicking here.

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