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Print Column: In the Fight Over Oil, It’s Progressives Against Progress

Print Column: In the Fight Over Oil, It’s Progressives Against Progress

MINOT, N.D. — The fight over the Davis Refinery, a crude oil project backed by Meridian Energy Group, has been an intriguing one to follow. In many ways it is a familiar story, pitting the energy industry and its desire for modern infrastructure against a political faction which would rather keep oil in the ground.

The site of the Davis Refinery, pictured on July 31, 2018, southwest of Belfield, N.D.. Tom Stromme / Bismarck Tribune

Regulations Should Facilitate Industry Not Block It

Regulations put in place to govern the development of things like oil pipelines and refineries were intended to facilitate those projects, not block them. The point was not to inhibit the build-out of that sort of infrastructure, which serves the production of energy products we all use, but rather to ensure it is done safely

Podcast: Cramer/Heitkamp Debates, Kanye West, the David Refinery, Meridian CEO Bill Prentice, Commissioner Randy Christmann

On the radio show today North Dakota Public Service Commissioner Randy Christmann joined me to talk about a proposal to turn the benefits of the Trump tax cuts into refunds from North Dakota’s largest electrical utility (not to mention a guarantee for no rate increases for a couple of years). We also talked about the

The site of the Davis Refinery, pictured on July 31, 2018, is southwest of Belfield, N.D.. Tom Stromme / Bismarck Tribune

Judge Reviewing Davis Refinery Situation Says State Regulators Can’t Expand Their Jurisdiction Based on Speculation

The Dakota Resource Council, a local front group for the national environmental movement to impede fossil fuel development, has recently been making a stink about the Davis Refinery which is currently under construction near Belfield, North Dakota. In the past the DRC and other activists have opposed the refinery because, according to them, it’s too

A gas flare in western North Dakota.

North Dakota’s Flaring Problem Has Its Roots in Excessive Regulation

The environmental activism aimed at impeding, and sometimes even blocking, the build-out of energy infrastructure such as pipelines and refineries/processing plants is bad for the environment. Don’t believe me? Witness the problems the oil and gas industry is having in addressing the flaring issue here in North Dakota. Back in 2014 our state developed, along

Members of the public gave testimony during the public hearing for the proposed Davis Refinery on Wednesday, Jan. 17 at Dickinson State University. (Sydney Mook / The Dickinson Press)

Let’s Not Move the Regulatory Goal Posts on the Davis Refinery

Building major energy infrastructure projects like pipelines or refineries is really, really hard. There are reams of federal, state, and local red tape which must be dealt with before ground can even be broken. And, in more recent years, there is also the (sometimes violent) political activism complete with seemingly endless legal challenges. The point

North Dakota Public Service Commissioner Julie Fedorchak explains a point at a commission meeting Monday, Aug. 14, 2017. Bismarck Tribune

An Open Letter to Public Service Commissioner Julie Fedorchak

Dear Julie, I think you’re a great public servant. I’m glad you’re on the Public Service Commission. It pleased me when it was reported that you might be interested in seeking a seat in Congress at some point, including possibly challenging Senator Heidi Heitkamp this cycle. But we need to talk. Here in North Dakota

A visitor takes in the view from Buck Hill in Theodore Roosevelt National Park. (Photo courtesy of North Dakota Tourism)

Audio: Davis Refinery Spokesman Says You Won’t Be Able to See Facility From Theodore Roosevelt Park

Earlier this week I wrote about opponents of the Davis Refinery project – which would be the first greenfield crude oil refinery built in the United States in something like 40 years – claiming that the facility would be too close to Theodore Roosevelt National Park. “An oil refinery has no business at the doorstep

Adam Williams, communications specialist for Meridian Energy Group, scans the horizon in his company's demonstration to show its refinery process stack would not be visible from the highest point in Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Park ranger Ian Connors is in the background. Photo by Lauren Donovan/ Bismarck Tribune

Opponents of Meridian’s Davis Refinery Are Misleading the Public

An opposition group has formed aimed at blocking the construction of the Davis Refinery in western North Dakota. The refinery would be near the Theodore Roosevelt National Park, though “near” is an imprecise term. To hear the activists against the refinery tell it, including a former head of the park, the refinery would be almost