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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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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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New Media Project Describes Oil Country, One Story at a Time

When you’re working in the oil patch thousands of miles from home, friends are more important than ever. Just ask Kelvin Lacey, Alfredo Cantu and Julio Pulido. Photo courtesy of Todd Melby

Meet Todd Melby, a portraitist who constantly repaints the common man. With words. He’s covered all kinds of stories, from break­ing news to features, but his specialty is helping people tell their own stories, one at a time.

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