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A drilling rig, pictured Wednesday, June 22, 2016, in Williston, N.D., moved into Williams County, bringing the statewide rig count to 30. Williams County, which once had as many as 48 rigs, was down to zero until this rig moved in last week. Amy Dalrymple/Forum News Service
A drilling rig, pictured Wednesday, June 22, 2016, in Williston, N.D. Photo by Amy Dalrymple/Forum News Service

Far From a Bust, They’re Still Hiring in the North Dakota Oil Patch

Far From a Bust, They’re Still Hiring in the North Dakota Oil Patch

The end of North Dakota’s oil boom – which I was among the first to write about, I think, way back in 2014 – prompted no small amount of schandenfreude in some circles. Certain media types, always on the hunt for a negative story to tell, were quick to announce that the oil boom had

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The entrance to the sprawling campgrounds for an estimated 2,000-plus Dakota Access Pipeline protesters is seen here Monday, Aug. 22, 2016, at the site north of Cannon Ball, N.D. Photo by Mike Nowatzki / Forum News Service

Irony: Dakota Access Pipeline Is Permitted While Protest Against It Is Not

The Standing Rock Sioux tribe is being represented by an extremist, anti-oil group called Earthjustice in a lawsuit against the Dakota Access Pipeline. There is a federal court hearing in Washington D.C. this week about the lawsuit. I’m sure that the Earthjustice lawyers will blow a great deal of smoke over any indication that Energy

Gov. Jack Dalrymple gives a speech about the continuing investment of unmanned aircrafts at the Grand Forks County Building in Grand Forks, ND on July 6, 2015. (Grand Forks herald/ Joshua Komer)
Gov. Jack Dalrymple gives a speech about the continuing investment of unmanned aircrafts at the Grand Forks County Building in Grand Forks, ND on July 6, 2015. (Grand Forks herald/ Joshua Komer)

Citing Concerns Over Public Safety and Property Damage Governor Dalrymple Declares Emergency Over Dakota Access Protests

“The State of North Dakota remains committed to protecting citizens’ rights to lawfully assemble and protest,” Governor Jack Dalrymple said in a statement his afternoon, “but the unfortunate fact remains that unlawful acts associated with the protest near Cannon Ball have led to serious public safety concerns and property damage.” The statement was announcing an

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

You Almost Get the Idea That We’ve Never Built a Pipeline Across a River Before

As the protests aimed at stopping the Dakota Access Pipeline, as a means toward ending oil development generally, continue we are inundated with claims that the pipeline represents a risk to clean water. That was certainly the argument from the protesters yesterday who migrated north to the state capitol in Bismarck from where they have been

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Protesters of the Dakota Access pipeline and officers face off at a work site of the pipeline south of Mandan, N.D. photo by Michael Knudsen of Bismarck

The Dakota Access Pipeline Protest Which Isn’t Really About a Pipeline

Things are getting heated on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation as activists strut before the news media and bait law enforcement into arresting them, ostensibly in protest of the Dakota Access Pipeline. There is even at least one celebrity involved. Actress Shailene Woodley, star of some movies you probably haven’t seen, has been on the

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Jake Yellow Horse, of Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, posted a flag during a ride in April on the reservation to protest the Dakota Access Pipeline construction. The ride ended at a spirit camp that will be maintained while the pipeline is under protest. (LAUREN DONOVAN, Bismarck Tribune)

There Is Nothing Peaceful About Blocking Lawful Industry

Law enforcement had to be called to the confluence of the Missouri and Cannon Ball rivers today as workers on the Dakota Access Pipeline project were met with Native American protesters who blocked their path. Unfortunately, this is being inaccurately described as a”peaceful” protest: BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Law enforcement officers have been called to

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Hundreds of miles of pipe sit in storage in Newton, Iowa, as photographed on Wednesday, October 14, 2015. Energy Transfer Partners is preparing to build the Dakota Access pipline. (Andy Abeyta/The Cedar Rapids Gazette)

Bakken Oil Pipeline Apparently Attacked by Arsonists

As the Dakota Access Pipeline faces a lawsuit here in North Dakota orchestrated by an extreme anti-oil group, in Iowa a work site for the project was apparently attacked by arsonists. In New Sharon law enforcement and fire officials say that over a million dollars worth of equipment was sent afire on purpose, which seems

North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple, left, announces on 7-13-2016 his decision to call for a special legislative session for Aug. 2, 2016 from Memorial Hall in the state Capitol in Bismarck, North Dakota. In the background is House Majority Leader Al Carlson, R-Fargo, left, and Senate Majority Leader Rich Wardner, R-Dickinson.
North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple, left, announces on 7-13-2016 his decision to call for a special legislative session for Aug. 2, 2016 from Memorial Hall in the state Capitol in Bismarck, North Dakota. In the background is House Majority Leader Al Carlson, R-Fargo, left, and Senate Majority Leader Rich Wardner, R-Dickinson. (Mike McCleary / Bismarck Tribune)

Democrats May Introduce Bill to Raise Oil Tax During Special Session

On Tuesday next week North Dakota lawmakers will convene in Bismarck for a special session called earlier this month by Governor Jack Dalrymple. The proceedings will kick off with an address from Dalrymple at 9:30am, at which point he’ll apparently lay out what his specific priorities are for fixing the budget shortfall which necessitated the

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