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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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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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Alliance Pipeline Meets with Some Landowner Resistance

By Ashley Lau
Reprinted with Permission from the Tioga Tribune

Emotion bubbled over at what was supposed to be a “good neighbor” meeting between Alliance Pipeline representa­tives and area landowners.

Photo of White Earth Valley courtesy of Brenda Jorgenson

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“I’m Just Doing My Job, Ma’am”…

By Brenda Jorgenson, White Earth farmer

A maintainer back sloping between a Petro Hunt oil well pad and a row of Russian Olive trees on the Richard and Brenda Jorgenson farm near White Earth, ND. No one has taken responsibility for this.

The effects on these established Russian Olive trees began in the summer of 2011. I started questioning and docu­menting when my eyes perceptibly ob­served problems driving by the oil well pad. I suspected problems when the fumes from the oil well pad’s open pit and fracking chemicals wafted into our yard one-half mile away. It was not pos­sible to stand as close to it as the trees were without my body wanting to shut off any inhalation. Even during the win­ter, while snowmobiling and wearing a full head-covered helmet, smells from the pit were strong.

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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 Oil Genie and the XL Pipeline

Approval of the proposed Keystone XL would help protect western North Dakota’s infrastructure and create thousands of jobs, Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., said Wednesday.”

– Bismarck Tribune, 1/12/12

“Hopes for the Keystone pipeline to provide a meaningful outlet for Bakken oil are unrealistic and mis­guided.”

– A.L. “Bud” Johnson – CIA Oil and Gas Analyst

“Colorado company proposes oil pipeline in N.D.”

– Bismarck Tribune, 2/17/12

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More than just “Pipe Dreams”

Pipe Dreams is a documentary film produced by Jane Kelly Kosek and Leslie Iwerks. The film was just recently nomi­nated for the shortlist of the Academy Awards. Eight documentary films out of 48 were selected to the short­list and then will be judged in three large cities. T he final announcement for the academy nominations will be announced on January 24.

Photo by EcoWatch

Pipe Dreams is a film about the ongoing debate of the Keystone XL Pipeline, a 40-minute documentary that explores the social, political and environmental impacts of the $7 bil­lion construction of the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline.

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