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One of These Things Is Not Like the Other

One of These Things Is Not Like the Other

I had to chuckle a bit when I saw this letter to the editor today from Fargo Forum reader Matt Smith. While I appreciate that Mr. Smith follows my work so closely, I have to take exception to his accusing me of hypocrisy because I was critical of the Fargo City Commission for giving out a

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An Exaggeration Put to Rest

For years now, as the development of oil and gas resources in western North Dakota has advanced, one consistent talking point from the opponents of that development is that it was encroaching upon the pristine solitude of Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Or, put another way, that people might be able to see or hear from

Assistant Attorney General Hope Hogan, from left, Department of Mineral Resources Director Lynn Helms and Pipeline Program Supervisor Kevin Connors listen to public comments during a hearing on Wednesday, April 13, 2016, in Williston, N.D. Amy Dalrymple/Forum News Service
Assistant Attorney General Hope Hogan, from left, Department of Mineral Resources Director Lynn Helms and Pipeline Program Supervisor Kevin Connors listen to public comments during a hearing on Wednesday, April 13, 2016, in Williston, N.D. Amy Dalrymple/Forum News Service

North Dakota’s Lawmakers Need More Oversight on State Regulations

Last week the North Dakota Industrial Commission passed a raft of new rules for the state’s oil and gas industry, among them a new requirement for a six inch berm around well sites to help contain spills there. Spills contained on the well pads (which are the vast majority of the spills which occur in

Eighteen oil pumpjacks are seen on a Hess well pad near Tioga, North Dakota April 30, 2016.    To match Special Report USA-NORTH DAKOTA/BUST    REUTERS/Andrew Cullen/File Photo
Eighteen oil pumpjacks are seen on a Hess well pad near Tioga, N.D., on April 30, 2016. REUTERS/Andrew Cullen/File Photo

Competition Breeds Competency: Oil Industry Innovation Happening Before North Dakota’s Eyes

There is a global price war taking place in the oil markets right now, and that’s driving prices down. In the short term that’s not good for some companies, or even some government’s like North Dakota where tax revenues are predicated heavily on commodity prices like oil. Yet despite the price rout, we keep getting

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“Frack Master” Who Operated in North Dakota Runs Afoul of the SEC

If you’ve been around North Dakota’s energy communities you’ve probably seen advertising, and even billboards, for Texas-based Breitling Energy and the “Frack Master,” also known as Chris Faulkner. It seems Faulkner and Breitling have now run afoul of the SEC for allegedly scamming investors based on Faulkner’s phony expertise: The SEC account starts in 2009 when

Travis Kelley, regional vice president for Target Logistics, speaks Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015, in Williston, N.D., during a City Commission public hearing on closing crew camps. Amy Dalrymple/Forum News Service
Travis Kelley, regional vice president for Target Logistics, speaks Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015, in Williston, N.D., during a City Commission public hearing on closing crew camps. Amy Dalrymple/Forum News Service

Judge: The Williston City Commission Ignored Their Own Ordinances, Attorney In Banning “Man Camps”

With demand for housing fading alongside oil industry activity, the Williston City Commission decided to try and shore up demand for overbuilt hotel rooms and apartment units by banning crew camps within their jurisdiction. Crew camps are temporary housing built by companies to serve workers who rotate in and out of the region. The idea is

A drilling rig operates near Keene, N.D., on Monday, March 14, 2016. North Dakota's drilling rig count is down to about 29, the lowest since October 2005. Amy Dalrymple/Forum News Service
A drilling rig operates near Keene, N.D., on Monday, March 14, 2016. North Dakota's drilling rig count is down to 29, the lowest since October 2005. Amy Dalrymple/Forum News Service

North Dakota’s Oil Patch Is Drawing Investment, And That Means There Is No Bust

This headline from the Wall Street Journal today seems inherently contradictory to me. In it reporter Chester Dawson writes about companies and investors buying low in the North Dakota oil patch. “The vultures are descending on North Dakota,” he writes, and I guess that’s one way you could look at it. Another way might be to

The 24th annual Williston Basin Petroleum Conference opened on Tuesday, 5-24-2016 as oil and gas leaders and exhibitors gather at the Bismarck Event Center for the three day industry event.
The 24th annual Williston Basin Petroleum Conference opened on Tuesday, 5-24-2016 as oil and gas leaders and exhibitors gather at the Bismarck Event Center for the three day industry event.

Drilling Rigs Operating In North Dakota Up 10 Percent As Oil Prices Rise

Here’s a ray of sunshine for North Dakota’s economy. As oil prices see a modest recovery so too has drilling activity in the state: BISMARCK, N.D., May 31 (UPI) — North Dakota saw the number of rigs activity exploring for or producing oil and gas increase by more than 10 percent from last week, state

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