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Renè Heredia Nieves, environmental scientist with the North Dakota Department of Health, uses a FLIR camera to inspect a well site north of Killdeer, N.D., on Thursday, May 5, 2016. Photo courtesy of Department of Health

Air Pollution in North Dakota, an Oil and Coal State, Is Down 25 Percent Over the Last Five Years

Air Pollution in North Dakota, an Oil and Coal State, Is Down 25 Percent Over the Last Five Years

To hear some environmental activists put it, you’d think North Dakota were an industrial wasteland where energy industry titans are allowed to pollute the land and air with impunity. Those of us who actually live here can see that lie for what it is with our own eyes. Our state has a proud tradition, stretching

Wildfires And Not Coal And Oil Development Prompt EPA To Issue An Air Quality Warning

Most of North Dakota has been living with hazy, smokey air now for over a week. The cause is wildfires in Canada, and the situation has gotten to the point where the EPA has issued an air quality warning for the state. “The EPA’s ‘AirNow.gov’ website placed portions of Burke, Ward, Bottineau, and Mountrail Counties

Despite Oil, Gas And Coal "North Dakotans breathe some of the cleanest air in the United States"

Liberal interests are fond of sensationalizing the environmental impact of North Dakota’s oil and gas boom. The throw around terms like “industrial wasteland” to inspire fear among North Dakotans that the admittedly rapid build-up of oil and gas development in western North Dakota will have dire environmental outcomes. But by at least one metric, North

North Dakota's Oil, Coal Counties Get Top Ratings For Air Quality

North Dakota is a fossil fuel state, with strong oil and coal industries. And from the way environmentalists talk about the state’s energy industry, you’d also think that they were destroying our environment. Not so, it seems. Despite the oil activity and natural gas flaring in oil country, and despite the seven large electrical plants

Tax Credits Will Do Little To Curb Flaring

There’s some common ground between folks who are friendly to oil development and environmental activists who want to shut it down over legislation handing out tax credits for reductions in natural gas flaring. As oil production in North Dakota’s oil patch has increased, so has natural gas flaring. So much so that, seen from space,

Despite Flaring, Coal Mines Dakotas Have Some Of The Cleanest Air In The Nation

Some inconvenient truth for the environmentalists who would have us believe that North Dakota’s energy industry – including coal mines and thousands of oil wells flaring off natural gas daily – is having a negative impact on the state’s environment. Turns out it’s not, really, at least as measured by air quality anyway. The American

Interview: Senator Hoeven Talks About The Empower States Act

North Dakota Senator John Hoeven has re-introduced the Empower States Act in this Congress, which would give states more control over regulating the energy industry. Senator Hoeven was kind enough to let me ask him a few questions about the ESA and what it could mean for North Dakota. I asked the Senator if the

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