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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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Landowners Say State Government Needs to Correct Pipeline Company Tactics

BISMARCK—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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These Two Pipelines are Much Better Than the Other One

Charlie Barber, Mandan

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

“I don’t know what we’re standing in the way of. This is a full-blown boom. Instead of sending $1 billion a day to buy oil from the Mideast, we can send it to the Midwest of our own country.”

– Senator Kent Conrad, D-N.D.,
Bismarck Tribune, 4/4/12

“Some of the wise monkeys in North Dakota’s Oil Patch (“see no evil,” “hear no evil,” “speak no evil” of Japanese folklore) would like the state’s news media to censor the news coming out of oil country. Maybe “censor” is too strong a word. They want news manipulated to emphasize the positive (there is plenty of it) and downplay the negative (there is plenty of that, too.)”

– Fargo Forum, 4/13/12

“The simple truth is that the long-term viability of all UND athletics is at risk [if the ‘Fighting Sioux’ nickname is kept].”

– Rick Burgum, UND Alumni
Association, Bismarck Tribune, 5/2/12

“…where ignorance is bliss, ‘Tis folly to be wise.”

– Thomas Gray

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Bismarck-Mandan Speaks

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

The Slurping Sound at the Bottom

The town of Berezniki in the Ural Mountains of Russia is home to more than 150,000 people. Built as a labor camp in the days of the USSR, the town sits directly on top of the mine shafts where millions of tons of potash were extracted.

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Garden to Table Summer Youth Program

All youth ages 8-11 are in­vited to participate in the Burleigh County 4-H Garden to Ta­ble Summer Youth Program.

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Recycling Rebellion

Colleen Reinke

By Colleen Reinke

I am fed up. I have put the city’s public works department on notice that I am p*ssed.

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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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