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“The Pioneer Family” stands in front of the North Dakota State Capitol on July 14, 2016, in Bismarck.
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“The Pioneer Family” stands in front of the North Dakota State Capitol on July 14, 2016, in Bismarck. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

Has North Dakota Stopped the Bleeding on Tax Revenues?

Has North Dakota Stopped the Bleeding on Tax Revenues?

When the most recent oil and gas activity report came out from the Department of Mineral Resources earlier this month I noted that, while overall oil production had fallen below 1 million barrels per day for the first time in 28 months, drilling activity has actually been increasing by small amounts in recent months. Why

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An oil pumping station in western North Dakota is seen in this 2010 file photo. John M. Steiner / Forum News Service

North Dakota Oil Production Falls, but Drilling Activity Seems to Have Stabilized

The latest report on oil and gas activity in the State of North Dakota is out from the Department of Mineral Resources. You can read the entire “director’s cut”, as well as past reports, right here. Not surprisingly, the report details a continued drop in North Dakota’s oil output. For the first time in 28

Stacked rigs are seen along with other idled oil drilling equipment at a depot in Dickinson, North Dakota June 26, 2015.  REUTERS/Andrew Cullen
Stacked rigs are seen along with other idled oil drilling equipment at a depot in Dickinson, North Dakota June 26, 2015. REUTERS/Andrew Cullen

Not Rock Bottom Yet: North Dakota’s August Revenues Come in $9 Million Under Forecast

Revenue forecasting in North Dakota has been a train wreck over the last several years. During the peak of the oil boom years revenue forecasts understated revenue by billions. Now that the oil boom is over, the forecasters have understated revenues by billions. For a state that budgets based on revenue forecasts, this is an

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Video: Cop Helps Dakota Access Protester Eat, Drink After Being Taunted as a “Pig”

There was a lot of drama earlier today as Dakota Access Pipeline protesters locked themselves to construction equipment along state Highway 6 south of Mandan (this is a different location from where the protests have been taking place to date). The last protester has been unlocked from the construction machinery, and arrests have been made.

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Dakota Access Protester Chains Himself to Machinery at Pipeline Construction Site

News this morning is that one of the Dakota Access Pipeline protesters has trespassed on the construction site and chained himself to a piece of construction machinery. This from one of the protest Facebook pages: Previously protesters have trespassed and vandalized construction equipment, but this is the first time they’ve gone this far. According to

Dakota Access Pipeline crews leave the work site on Monday, Aug. 15, 2016, north of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Reservation. Work has not yet resumed in that area due to safety concerns surrounding the protest. Amy Dalrymple/Forum News Service
Dakota Access Pipeline crews leave the work site on Monday, Aug. 15, 2016, north of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Reservation. Work has not yet resumed in that area due to safety concerns surrounding the protest. Amy Dalrymple/Forum News Service

Law Enforcement Officers at Dakota Access Pipeline Protests Take Precautions After Social Media Threats

Law enforcement personnel working at the Dakota Access Pipeline protest near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation are taking precautions not to advertise their identities after threats were made to specific officers both online and in person. Currently work on the pipeline has been halted by Energy Transfer Partners due to safety concerns related to the on-going

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Chairman Dave Archambault II greets the Dakota Access Pipeline opponents Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016, who are camped north of Cannon Ball, N.D. Amy Dalrymple/Forum News Service
Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Chairman Dave Archambault II greets the Dakota Access Pipeline opponents Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016, who are camped north of Cannon Ball, N.D. Amy Dalrymple/Forum News Service

There Doesn’t Seem to Be Anyone Really in Control of the #NoDAPL Protest and That’s a Little Scary

The impression one gets from media reports of the Dakota Access Pipeline protests, located on and near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, is that they have been organized by the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and joined by other tribes and organizations from across the nation. Standing Rock tribal chairman David Archambault is written of as

Protest organizer Kristen Kelsch hold a sign and chants across the street from the State Capitol in Bismarck on Thursday. A line of police prevented Kelsch and others from hold the protest to the Dakota Access Pipeline on the Capitol grounds
Protest organizer Kristen Kelsch hold a sign and chants across the street from the State Capitol in Bismarck on Thursday. A line of police prevented Kelsch and others from hold the protest to the Dakota Access Pipeline on the Capitol grounds. NICK SMITH / BISMARCK TRIBUNE

Should Dakota Access Protesters Reimburse North Dakota Taxpayers for the Cost of Law Enforcement Presence?

Earlier this year bombastic presidential candidate Donald Trump visited North Dakota, addressing a conference in Bismarck put on by the North Dakota Petroleum Council. Trump, I don’t need to tell you, is a controversial figure, and with about 7,000 people in attendance at the conference and protests of the visit planned, local law enforcement put

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The Seven Councils Camp is in a scenic area of Morton County along the Cannonball River and North Dakota Highway 1806.
The Seven Councils Camp is in a scenic area of Morton County along the Cannonball River and North Dakota Highway 1806. TOM STROMME/Bismarck Tribune

Conspiracy Theories About State Response to Dakota Access Pipeline Protest Turn Out to Be Mostly False

As the state has struggled to respond to a very large, and often illegal, protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation there have been a number of unflattering rumors circulating about the state’s response. Some of the claims are: That the state has been using airplanes to inhibit cell phone

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