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Time and Again: Handling Prosperity

Betty Mills

By Betty Mills

After attending a family funeral in Bowman, we drove east out of New England on Highway 21 where golden fields stretched for what seemed miles, sometimes from down one hill to the top of the next. It was the North Dakota harvest season of my youth with no sign of the prosperity and the tension of the oil patch injecting a chaotic note into an otherwise reassur­ing view.

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These Two Pipelines are Much Better Than the Other One

Charlie Barber, Mandan

Reprinted by permission of the au­thor and the High Plains Reader
By Charlie Barber

 

Amillion people spread out over this state [North Da­kota] is not going to seem very populated.”
- Harold Hamm, Chairman and CEO of Continental Resources

“We kind of feel like we’re drinking out of a fire hose right now.”
- Ward Koeser, Mayor, Williston, ND

“The genuine man of action is not intent on renovating the world, but on possessing it.”
- Eric Hoffer

“Our frustration is greater when we have much and want more than when we have nothing and want some.”
- Eric Hoffer

“History is made by juveniles.”
- Frederick Gentles

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Landowners Say State Government Needs to Correct Pipeline Company Tactics

From Dakota Resource Council

Some landowners in the Oil Patch say the State of North Dakota must stop ignoring major problems with current pipeline development while it pro­motes more oil pipelines as called for by the recent Governor’s pipeline summit.

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Talking Points On Oil and Gas Prices and Production

By A.L. “Bud” Johnson.
Reprinted by permission of the author and the High Plains Reader

Recent news stories express concern over rising oil and gasoline prices and their pos­sible adverse effect on the recovering US economy. Consequently, it might be useful to review the causes for rising prices, as well as to cite some significant benefits to North Dakota and the U.S. economy.

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Hypocritical Actions on Restoration of Mined Farmland

Dear Editor:

North Dakota has the strongest law in the United States on restoration of mined farmland, but the state Supreme Court’s recent Coal Lake ruling threatens to make it a dead letter.

The court upheld the Public Service Commission’s decision that recreation was a “higher and better” use for 86 acres of mined land than raising crops.

The coal companies think up these alternatives and so far the PSC has given its blessing to all of them – golf courses, dirt bike tracks, shooting ranges, waste disposal pits. Adding these to what’s considered a “higher and better” use exempts the coal company from meeting farm productivity standards. Continue reading

North Dakota Economic Security and Prosperity Alliance to Host Bismarck-Mandan Town Hall Meeting

Bismarck, ND–The North Dakota Economic Security and Prosperity Alliance (NDESPA) will be hosting a town hall style meeting in Bismarck entitled ‘Bismarck-Mandan Speaks!’ The meeting is June 4, 2012 from 6:00-8:30 p.m. at the Bismarck Veterans Memorial Library.

“It seems we cannot turn on the radio or TV, open a newspaper or visit with a neighbor without hearing about the remarkable changes happening all across North Dakota” says Paul Ronningen, State Director for the Children’s Defense Fund and chairman of NDESPA.

“And while many community meetings are being held concerning these changes, little has been done to successfully engage local people in dialogue or ask people to share their experience in this new economy.  We want to hear about real day to day experiences, creative ideas for solutions and thoughts on how to improve the public policies necessary to make a real difference for people in our community,” added Ronningen.

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White Earth Valley Fights Oil Waste Plant

The proposed waste site is toward the bottom of this photo, which looks west over the White Earth Valley. Photo by Terry Evans

By Laura Knudsen

Earlier this year, the North Dakota Industrial Commission approved building an oil waste treatment plant near White Earth. Tervita Corporation, formerly CCS Midstream Inc., of Canada is seeking to build the plant at the top of the White Earth Valley. The plant would treat the waste water that oil drilling brings up and separate it into solid waste, saltwater and recoverable oil.

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Big Brother on the Bakken, corporate empires and their North Dakota Targets: Christmas shopping with WBI and MD

Charlie Barber, Mandan

Part 1 of a series. Republished by permission of the author and the High Plains Reader, Fargo, ND. By Charlie Barber

And they covet fields, and take them by violence; and houses, and take them away; so they oppress a man and his house, even a man and his heritage.”   – Micah, 2:2

“I don’t want to be there [Williston] anymore.”   – 3rd Generation Williams County farmer

“Not only do we [the longtime inhabitants of western North Dakota] feel abandoned by our so-called ‘leaders,’ but we also feel that we are under major assault by the oil industry and the outsiders they bring along.”  – John Heiser

“For the rich men thereof are full of violence, and the inhabitants thereof have spoken lies, and their tongue is deceitful in their mouth.” – Micah, 6:12

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Keystone XL Pipeline decision should be made with true numbers

Pipeline expansions and present pipeline. From Anthony Swift, NRDC switchboard.

By Barb Price

Discussions about the Keystone XL pipeline have been throwing around numbers like candy at a parade. Supporters of the pipeline have been making promises of up to 250,000 jobs being created; lowered gas prices; energy security; thousands of gallons of North Dakota oil being sent south in the pipeline. . . It goes on and on.

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The perils of dependency corruption

By Betty Mills

Education comes in many forms and when they bump into each other, I feel duty bound to sort things out. Let’s start with a lecture complete with some compel­ling graphs explaining why the changes in our climate which some attribute to global warming is a natural phenom­enon and not the result of anything we human beings have helped to produce.

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