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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

Governor Doug Burgum and the Land Board Need to Get in Control of Their Bureaucrats

Governor Doug Burgum and the Land Board Need to Get in Control of Their Bureaucrats

There is a land grab being pursued by some North Dakota bureaucrats, an immoral sort of expropriation of valuable private mineral rights, that is now in defiance of not only decency but legislative intent. Our state’s elected leaders serving on the Board of Trust Lands need to step in and restore order. They need to

Rigging equipment is pictured in a field on June 4, 2015. REUTERS / Cooper Neill

North Dakota Oil Producers Helped Topple OPEC

OPEC, the global oil cartel which worked to  fix prices for the benefit of its members, is dead. So writes Pascal-Emanuel Gobry in The Week. The group isn’t officially dead, but they’ve lost their ability to dominate the global oil markets. The reason? Shale oil, particularly here in the United States. Fracking has “massively expanded oil

Former Democratic state Senator Mac Schneider, pictured here in 2015 with state Rep. Corey Mock looking on.

There Is No Version of Reality in Which a $600 Million Tax Hike Is Really a Tax Cut

Democrats really, really want “Republicans cut taxes for big oil” to be a viable part of their political platform heading into the 2018 election cycle. The big obstacle they face is that it isn’t a true statement. What they’re hoping is that if they just keep repeating the claim, over and over again, the public

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.

Protest organizer Kristen Kelsch hold a sign and chants across the street from the State Capitol in Bismarck during a #NoDAPL protest in 2016.

Environmental Activist: “We Have a Moral Responsibility to Blow up Wells and Eliminate Fracking and Workers”

“If the oil and gas industry puts fracking wells in our neighborhoods, threatening our lives and our children’s lives, then don’t we have a moral responsibility to blow up wells and eliminate fracking and workers?” environmental activist Andrew J. O’Connor wrote in the Boulder Daily Camera on April 19. It was a letter to the

An explosion from an oil train derailment near Casselton, North Dakota, in December, 2013. Courtesy Loren Parks

It’s Almost Like Building Pipelines Like DAPL Leads to Safer Transportation of Oil or Something

Remember over the last few years when the enemies of oil development were hyping oil train derailments? To be fair those derailments – some of them hugely explosive and damaging, some even costing people their lives – were a legitimate thing to be concerned about. But when some, including this observer, argued that the solution

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

North Dakota Shouldn’t Be in the Business of Expropriation

“House approves Missouri River mineral leasing bill estimated to cost $187 million,” reads this headline. That’s more than a little misleading. There is no “cost’ here. What the bill in question does is stop the state from seizing mineral rights which currently belong to private people. Saying there’s a cost to that is like saying you

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