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Plain Talk: People Targeted by “Red Flag” Law Have to Pay to Defend Their Gun Rights, Oil Industry Pays Half of All North Dakota Taxes

Plain Talk: People Targeted by “Red Flag” Law Have to Pay to Defend Their Gun Rights, Oil Industry Pays Half of All North Dakota Taxes

Over the weekend I had an interesting Twitter conversation with state Rep. Karla Rose Hanson, the sponsor of so-called “red flag” legislation which would allow law enforcement, or even just friends/family, to initiate a process through which a person’s guns can be seized based claims that they’re a danger to themselves and/or others. During that

An oil well pumps at sunrset in western North Dakota's Bakken Formation. Forum News Service file photo

Over the Past Five Years North Dakota’s Oil Industry Has Paid 50 Percent of All Taxes Collected in the State

“During the Bakken development oil extraction and production taxes are more than 44% of all taxes collected by the state,” a study commissioned by the North Dakota Petroleum Council and the Western Dakota Energy Association states. “During the Bakken development oil extraction and production taxes are more than 44% of all taxes collected by the

Ron Ness: BLM Rule Enables Waste Rather Than Preventing It

This guest post was submitted by Ron Ness, President of the North Dakota Petroleum Council. It’s now been nearly one year since the United States Senate had the opportunity to rescind an Obama-era regulation that aimed to prevent venting and flaring on public and tribal lands. In reality, this rule targeted North Dakota and the

A drilling rig is pictured near Lake Sakakawea near New Town, N.D., on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016. Some fear that uncertainty about who owns the minerals under the lake will deter oil development in the area. Amy Dalrymple/Forum News Service

Why Is the North Dakota Land Board Trying to Cost Taxpayers Billions of Dollars?

For some reason Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem’s office is, on behalf of the North Dakota Board of University and School Lands, still fighting to claim mineral rights under Lake Sakajawea. In case you haven’t been following along, here’s some of the back story. Lake Sakajawea is a man-made lake created when the federal government damned

Brady Pelton, left, and Kari Cutting, both of the North Dakota Petroleum Council, testify Wednesday on proposed oil and gas rules during a North Dakota Industrial Commission hearing in Bismarck. Tom Stromme / Bismarck Tribune

North Dakota Petroleum Council VP to Serve on EPA Board of Science Counselors

Later today the EPA will be announcing that Kari Cutting, Vice President of the North Dakota Petroleum Council, will be appointed to the agency’s Board of Scientific Counselors. You can read the full list of BoSC appointees below.  You can see appointments to the Clean Air Science Advisory Committee and the Science Advisory Board here and here,

U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald

North Dakota Oil Industry Calls Senator Heitkamp a Hypocrite

Earlier today I wrote about Senator Heidi Heitkamp indicating that she’d vote against a Congressional repeal for a BLM rule regulating methane emissions. These would be emissions that a) the EPA already regulates and b) the BLM has no authority to regulate. Anyway, Heitkamp did vote against repeal. In fact, she was the deciding vote.

#NoDAPL protesters stand on the stage at the North Dakota Petroleum Conference's annual meeting. Reader submitted photo

#NoDAPL Protesters Break Into North Dakota Petroleum Council Meeting

A reader attending the annual meeting of the North Dakota Petroleum Council today told me that a group of Dakota Access Pipeline protesters broke into the meeting and took over the stage, interrupting a presentation being given by Department of Mineral Resources director Lynn Helms. A photo of the protesters on the stage at the

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to the crowd in a hangar at the Richard I. Bong Airport in Superior, Wis., on Monday afternoon, April 4, 2016. Trump spoke for just under an hour and addressed his GOP opponents, foreign trade, NATO, immigration and jobs, among other topics. Bob King / Forum News Service

Presumptive GOP Nominee Donald Trump To Visit North Dakota Later This Month

It was rumored a week or so ago that Republican presidential candidates Ted Cruz and/or Donald Trump might be visiting North Dakota in May, appearing at the Williston Basin Petroleum Conference. Since then Ted Cruz has dropped out of the race after a drubbing in Indiana, and Donald Trump is the presumptive nominee and will be

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Ron Ness: Setting The Record Straight On North Dakota Spills

North Dakota has a very strict regulatory system, and it is often one that is looked at by other states – and in some cases, other countries – when they are working to construct their own regulations. This has been evidenced by the parade of state, federal and international officials who have come through our

Order For Oil Conditioning Was Likely Too Much Micromanagement For Industry's Taste

Back in November, as the North Dakota Industrial Commission was considering new regulations for conditioning crude oil before shipment, I interviewed North Dakota Petroleum Council Vice President Kari Cutting (audio at the link). In addition to representing the industry, Cutting is a chemist with a long history of working with oil, and I asked her what